Ourique benefited from a privileged location over the centuries. Confined to the north with the municipality of Aljustrel and to the south with Silves, it is also connected with the valley of Sado and the serra de Monchique. The battle of Ourique on July 25, 1139, was a remarkable moment in the history of Portugal, and even today it is marked in the municipality. Agriculture and livestock continue to play an important role in the economy of this municipality. Tourism is, however, increasingly relevant. The traces and remains of the ancient castle of Ourique, about two feet tall, are worth an attentive visit, in which you can observe the forte da cidadela. Before leaving the scene, immortalize the moment taking a photo with the statue of Dom Afonso Henriques for a later recall. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Archaeological Park of Castro da Cola, consisting of several megalithic monuments. The feasts of Santa Maria, in the month of August, are one of the highest points of cultural animation throughout the year. Despite the religious nature, visitors can also attend the musical performances. And if you appreciate good cuisine, in this region you can taste the traditional ensopado de borrego à moda alentejana (Alentejo-style lamb stew), cabrito na púcara (lamb cooked in a traditional clay pot), carne de porco à alentejana (typical meal of pork meat with clams and potatoes), among other regional products such as goat cheese and requeijão (cottage cheese).
What to do in Ourique
Estátua de Dom Afonso Henriques
Statue located in the garden of the castle of Ourique, intends to honor the first King of Portugal. Dom Afonso Henriques won the Portuguese independence against the Kingdom of León and was nicknamed "the Conqueror", for having done various achievements …
Albufeira do Monte da Rocha
A dam on the Sado river, on rough ground. The most common fish species are the small-mouth bass, the carp and the red fish.
Estátua de Dom Dinis
Statue located in the square with the same name, honoring this King and warrior not administrator. Dinis was involved in war with Castile in 1295 but will have given her in Exchange for the towns of Serpa and Moura. It …
Forte do Garvão
Also known as Cerro do Castelo, is a fortified village where many oculadas plates were found in gold and silver. This points to worship of a deity with prophylactic powers in diseases of the eye.
Castro da Cola
Em nota prévia, fica o aviso que de novembro a março, o restaurante Castro da Cola, em Ourique, só serve jantares com marcação. Na época mais amena, aconselha-se a que almoce no alpendre, inpsirado pela natureza circundante. A zona interior, …
Núcleo Museológico de Garvão
The Museum of Garvão aims to especially preserve the most important archaeological objects in this space, contributing to the development and promotion of culture.
Castelo de Ourique
Built by Dom Dinis, currently there are traces and remains of the ancient castle, about two feet tall. Being an important historical testimony, noted the strong Citadel and a walled enclosure.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Cola
Baroque church of a ship, that reflects a model of architecture. Being a sanctuary of pilgrimage, especially on the annual pilgrimage on September 8, features a large monumentality. Has longitudinal plant, framed by two bell towers, nave and chancel narrower …
Ermida de São Luís / Igreja Matriz de Ourique
Little chapel of pilgrimage with beautiful tile panels Pombal. Rebuilt in the 18th century at the behest of Dom João V. we highlight the elegance of its main façade with Rococo trait mortar jobs. In its interior, the Baroque is …
Parque de Merendas de Garvão
Space with all conditions for good moments of conviviality. Offers barbecue and plenty of shade and shelter.
Igreja Paroquial de Garvão / Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção
Manueline Church of longitudinal plant, characteristic of small temples in the Baixo Alentejo during the reign of Dom Manuel i. highlight for the plastic quality main portal and the rib vaults of warheads with keys and masonry Corbels, one of …
Torre do Relógio de Ourique
This Bell Tower, built in the mid-nineteenth century, it has a quadrangular plan, covered by a dome, complete classroom and staggered by a weathervane in the shape of iron flag. On the top floor, highlight the display clock, Foursquare Freestone, …
Jardim do Castelo de Ourique
A garden with lush vegetation. There is a statue of Dom Afonso Henriques, the first Portuguese king, and the town's coat of arms.
Miradouro do Castro da Cola
The Hermitage of Our Lady of Cola is a place of "romaria" (popular religious celebrations) with fabulous views of the Ourique valleys.
Where to eat in Ourique
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Where to sleep in Ourique
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