Inserted in the district of Portalegre, Campo Maior is situated in a large valley between the banks of Montezinho, to the west, and of São Pedro, to the east. It was populated by the Romans, then retaken by Castela from the Moors and it was only in May 31st 1297, after signing the peace treaty of Alcanizes, that it became part of the Portuguese territory. The presence of the Delta cafes company, whose owner is Comendador Manuel Rui Azinhais Nabeiro, much contributed for Campo Maior to be recognized in the industrial world. In addition to "designing" the county, it also largely contributed for the rural exodus decrease through the creation of jobs and the consequent improvement in the population's quality of life. With a natural heritage dominated by a flat landscape, Campo Maior also has several water areas, such as the barragem do Caia and the barragem do Abrilongo. Its construction was intended to serve as a basis for an extensive irrigation system, but it eventually gained prominence in the tourism sector due to favorable conditions for water sports and such. The gastronomy, with influences from Spain, relies mainly on potato soups, tomatoes, codfish, dogfish, the migas (dish made with leftover bread) with spare ribs, the gazpacho, beans with meat, the carne de porco à alentejana (dish made with pork meat, potatoes and clams) and acorda (kind of bread mash), all this accompanied with Campo Maior olives. The range of regional sweets include the sericaia (cake made with eggs and cinnamon) with plums, tosquiados (kind of almond cookies), bolos amassados (kind of cookies made with lemon), nogados (kind of cookies made with brandy and wrapped in honey) and tortilhas de amêndoa, grão e gila (almond, beans and pumpkin tortillas). The Festival of Flowers is one of several festivities taking place in the municipality. The streets, specially the historical center, are decorated with paper flowers and other objects of similar materials made by the residents of each street. However, this party is not performed cyclically, but whenever the population intends it to happen.
What to do in Campo Maior
Barragem do Abrilongo
A dam on the municipality of São João Baptista (Saint John the Baptist), that welcomes the Abrilongo brook.
Barragem do Caia
A dam located on a ragged soil of harvest lands and olive trees, on the Caia river. Sports and leisure are permitted in certain areas.
Centro de Ciência do Café
This museum belongs to the Delta Café company and is one of the few coffee museums in the world, the only one in the Iberian Penincula.
Horta do Muro
Inserted in a property with about seven acres, the garden fence provides comfortable accommodation, in a setting of pure tranquility. The natural environment provides the contact with nature. Take horseback rides or bike or simply participate in activities related to …
Capela dos Ossos
Built in the year 1766 the capela dos ossos, also called the Chapel of souls, is annexed to the Church. The interior decoration includes human bones, a tribute to the dead in the catastrophe of 1732, who claimed 2\/3 of …
Castelo de Campo Maior
Castle where are visible some cloths of wall, from medieval times and the North Tower with machicolations. 17TH century fortified waist, the moat and the contraescarpa in much of its length, ramparts, gates, barracks and ravelins. The Castle has two …
Castelo de Ouguela
Castle rebuilt by King Denis in 1310, undergoing restoration in the 18th century. The former fortification, situated high on a hill stands just a few pieces of wall and turrets, in addition to the seventeenth century fortifications, with cliffs, parapets …
Igreja Matriz de Campo Maior
This monument was built between 1570 and 1646 and it possesses a main façade divided in three parts by incorporated pilasters. The central part presents a large round arch which forms a narthex outdone by three windows with three pediments. …
Palácio Visconde Olivã e Jardins / Lagar-Museu / Biblioteca Municipal de Campo Maior
Seventeenth-century palace of protobarroca and Baroque architecture. It has a baroque garden with fountain and Pavilion decorated with vegetal elements and shell motifs in plaster.
Where to eat in Campo Maior
A large, traditional space that serves typical dishes of the Alentejo region at moderate prices.
Medium-sized space, suggesting dishes from Alentejo regional cuisine. Lamb stew or soup of cation a…
Integrated in the Hotel Santa Beatriz, Hadrian's restaurant specialises in local gastronomy, some s…
A rustic space that serves typical Portuguese dishes. A special note to the live coal grilled dishe…
Where to sleep in Campo Maior
Este projeto de turismo rural é composto por quatro grandes áreas: turismo, agropecuária, ecologia e meio ambiente. Nos seus mais de 400 hectares, dispõe de um…
Inserted in a property with about seven acres, the garden fence provides comfortable accommodation, in a setting of pure tranquility. The natural environment p…
Is situated near the dam of the Fall and offers two houses for accommodation: the Wisteria House and the House of the vineyard, with a double and two twin bedr…
Near Campo Maior
Although born and died in Vila do Conde, José Régio lived in Portalegre. It is not difficult to find in this region references to the writer, as is t…
Located north of Alentejo Central, the municipality of Sousel does border on the North with the municipalities of Avis and Border, to the East, with …
Belonging to the district of Portalegre, the municipality of Crato is located in Alto Alentejo and is characterized for being picturesque and full of…
Elvas belongs to the municipality of Portalegre, has twelve kilometers distance from Spain and is separated from it by the Caia and Guadiana rivers. …