Between mountains and plains, in the heart of the Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina, lies Odemira, Portugal's largest municipality. The environmental and landscape diversity attract many tourists and you can find some of the most beautiful beaches and corners of the country over 55 kilometers of coast, such as Cabo Sardão, Mira river's mouth in Vila Nova de Milfontes, Zambujeira do Mar and Carvalhal. You can still find habitats rich in marine flora and fauna in this county. The stork nests, windmills, flowering gardens, fountains and houses painted in white and blue stand out, without forgetting the Parque das Águas. Be sure to also visit the small ports of artisanal fishing in the middle coastline, where some traditional fishing community activities still exist. It is also the land of great festivals. One of the most emblematic ones, “Abril em Odemira”, streamlines the entire county in the celebration of this important historical date of the Portuguese democracy. In Zambujeira do Mar, more precisely in Herdade da Casa Branca, happens the “Festival do Sudoeste”, the king of the summer festivals, attracting thousands of young people in search of music, sun and beach. In a more religious context, the festivities reach their climax during the municipal holiday of September 8, with musical performances and the traditional fireworks. The cuisine reflects the diversity of the county with the fish caldeiardas (typical Portuguese stews) and cataplanas (typical Portuguese fish dish, cooked in a typical black clay recipient), the seafood, the ensopados (stews) and feijoada de búzios (whelk bean stew), which continue to be the major specialties of the region. Honey, wine and sheep and goat cheeses are also very appreciated typical products. In handicrafts stand out the basketry, ceramics and pottery works, the manufacture and stuffing of chairs, the miniatures representing local activities and agricultural implements, among other artistic creations.
Where to eat in Odemira
What to do in Odemira
Albufeira de Santa Clara
Bayou in the Mira river, surrounded by a landscape of much vegetation. The place is rather peaceful and ideal for resting. The most common fish species are the achigan, the barbel and the carp. The picturesque villages of Santa Clara-a-Velha …
Praia do Carvalhal - Zambujeira do Mar
A beach located between a wide sandy area and huge dunes from the Tróia peninsula to Sines.With the Carvalhal beach it forms a wide sandy area in just a few kilometres.A bit rocky, with clean waters, located in a small …
Cerro dos Moinhos Juntos
An almost mandatory passing point in the Santa Maria parish. The windmill is still functioning and belongs to the Town Hall. A true ex-libris of Odemira with lovely panoramic views of this small city as well as of the inteerior …
Miradouro de Odemira
A belvedere with city views. A well taken care of space with informations about Odemira.
Parque das Águas
A garden with a regional atmosphere: a typical house of the Alentejo region and an oven still in use whenever previously asked for.
Foz do Rio Mira
Open to sailing from its mouth to Odemira, the Mira River is known for the beauty of its estuary. It has a significant variety of habitats and cultures, rice fields, sand banks, beaches and cliffs.
Igreja Matriz de São Salvador
A church with a longitudinal plan, composed of a nave and a high altar, plus a sacristy and a lateral chapel. The architecture is mannerist and baroque.
Fontanário da Praça Sousa Prado
A fountain with a square tank. Its architecture is baroque and the coats of arms are rococo.
Igreja Matriz da Santa Maria
It belonged to the ancient franciscan convent when it was built, in the 16th century. It was adapted to become a parish church after 1835. It is an example of the mannerist architecture but with the simple features of the …
Necrópole do Pardieiro
The Pardieiro necropolis is composed of 11 graves, tem of which grouped and one on the periphery. Two engraved stones with SW writing came from this necropolis. The diggings have also provided some archaeological materials, namely composed of adornments.
Praia de Almograve
A shell shaped beach, closed on the extremities by cliffs, guarded by imposing dunes. Rather sought after by the tourist that look for thewide and calm sandy area with nice waters.A few restaurants serve typical dishes.
Praia da Zambujeira do Mar
A beach located on a beautiful cliff that becomee increasingly popular among the youngsters due to the music festival that takes place every year in the month of August.One of the most known beach in the Alentejo coast, it is …
Zmar Eco Experience
Can you imagine a campsite of five stars, with Spa and water park? The Eco Camp Resort & Spa is the first and only space in Portugal with such features, in addition to being a forerunner on the concept of …
Praia das Furnas - Almograve
A large beach that spreads to the river.The caves that exist on the rocks can be visited.There are many camping areas nearby.There are simple restaurants with delicious menus.
Praia do Malhão
A very beautiful beach located by a rocky cliff.It can be divided in three part... To the north, a wide snady area with many dunes.To the south, a wide space protected by a rocky cliff.Between these two, three small beaches …
Praia dos Alteirinhos
Quite a rocky beach, located on a bay, it has a most beautiful waterfall and nice natural sculptures.Nudism is allowed since it is tranquil and with many corners formed by the rocky formations.
Forte de São Clemente
From this fortress, built at the end of the 16th century, one can view almost the entire Vila Nova de Milfontes. Originally built with a polygonal plan, with canon areas and two triangular bastions, it was damaged in seevarl ways …
Where to sleep in Odemira
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