Located in the south of the Portalegre district, Fronteira human occupation records dates back to prehistoric times. The Roman presence left marks that are still visible today throughout the municipality, such as the Ribeira Grande bridge and the military roads. With a markedly rural nature, agriculture stands out as the main sector of activity. However, thermal spas have become an important tourist product for the municipality's economy. The Hot Springs, located in the parish of Cabeço de Vide, are highly sought after due to their medicinal waters, particularly for treating skin, respiratory, rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases. Local gastronomic specialties are served in the restaurants, particularly "cachola" soup, Alentejo "açorda", "migas", "sarrabulho", stew lamb and "folha" cake. Embroidery and work in silk, wood, cork and horn appear in the region's handcrafted pieces. In the months of July and August, there are several festivities that take place throughout the municipality.
What to do in Fronteira
Termas de Cabeço de Vide
Also known as Termas de Sulfúrea, they are located approximately one kilometer to the southeast of the village. It is known that these waters were used by the Romans, and there are even traces of an ancient bathhouse, probably from the time of Caesar Augustus (119 BC). These medicinal waters are used to treat skin, respiratory, rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.
Cabeço de Vide
A typically Alentejo village, it has one of the largest Rossios squares of the Portalegre district, with an amphitheater located in the garden. At a cultural level, the highlights are the 16th century pillory, the 16th century church of Espírito Santo, with later modifications, the church of Nossa Senhora das Candeiras, the Church of Misericórdia and the cruise.
Ruínas do Castelo de Cabeço de Vide
Hillfort with walls of medieval architecture. It is circular, located at the highest point of Cabeço de Vide, next to the Main Church, and has a gate with the Avis cross.
Igreja do Senhor do Mártir / Igreja dos Mártires
Baroque temple, with nave, chancel, sacristy and bell towers. White and blue tiles decorate the interior of the church.
Centro Cultural de Fronteira
A popular cultural place in the Fronteira area, hosting various types of events.
Igreja e Antigo Hospital da Misericórdia
Temple with diverse architectural influences that features a single nave with attached Hospital. Inside, it has a high choir, a polling booth and a main chapel with a gilded altarpiece.
Torre do Relógio de Fronteira
Clock tower located in the heart of the historic center. It is next to the Arco dos Santos Chapel, in the town's main square.
Cadeia Comarcã de Fronteira
Civil prison architecture building that currently serves as a headquarters for the Republican National Guard.
Igreja Matriz de Fronteira / Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Atalaia
The church is due to King Sebastião who, by charter of 1571, ordered it to be built. It is a temple with a tripartite facade, with a galilee opening in the central body. The lateral bodies are made up of …
Jardim das Termas de Sulfúrea
Garden with vast green spaces, picnic area and swings. The mineral water springs stand out. It also has a children's playground.
Percurso Pedestre da Rota Megalítica (PR1)
The itinerary is circular and goes through megalithic sites. It is around 18 km long and the difficulty level is medium/high. The walk starts and ends in Fronteira.
Biblioteca Municipal de Fronteira
Library that provides residents with a vast documentary collection and offers various cultural activities.
Praia Fluvial da Ponte
Beach measuring approximately 200 meters, located next to the old bridge over Ribeira Grande. It allows the practice of various sporting activities, including canoeing.
Parque de Ciências de Fronteira
Dedicated to science, with several thematic areas, including the hill of stars and the water path.
Where to sleep in Fronteira
House of the early 20th century, surrounded by boxwood gardens, situated close to places of great historical and cultural interest.
Accommodation in 14 rooms equipped with individual bathroom and fridge. It is situated directly opposite the thermal baths and the Green Park.
Listed building of interest, dating from the 18th century and Baroque architecture, which stands out among the other local buildings.
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