This museum is housed in a beautiful 17th-century almshouse near the former palace. Pretty hand-painted furniture sits alongside...
Palácio dos Marqueses da Praia e Monforte
This former royal palace was recently restored and reopened to the public in 2015. It houses a changing array of exhibitions showcasing...
Lago do Gadanha
Near the centre of town, stretches this marble-edged water tank, called the Lago do Gadanha after its scythe-wielding statue of Neptune.
This big barnlike space with a vaulted ceiling is where Estremoz youth kick up their heels. Live bands or DJs hold court most weekend...
Unlock your purses at this place, housed in the former judicial jail, which dates from the 16th century; the two storeys of the...
Paço Reial information
At the top of the upper town is the stark, glowing-white, fortress-like former royal palace, now the Pousada de Santa Rainha Isabel. Dom Dinis built the palace in the 13th century for his new wife, Isabel of Aragon. Visitors are welcome to view the public areas of the pousada and climb the keep, which offers a superb panorama of the old town and surrounding plains. The holes at the keep’s edges were channels for boiling oil – a good way of getting rid of uninvited guests.
After Isabel of Aragon’s death in 1336 (Dinis had died 11 years earlier) the palace was used as an ammunition dump. An inevitable explosion, in 1698, destroyed most of the palace and the surrounding castle, though in the 18th century João V restored the palace for use as an armoury. The 27m-high keep, the Torre das Três Coroas (Tower of the Three Crowns), survived and is still the dominant feature. It’s so called because it was apparently built by three kings: Sancho II, Afonso III and Dinis.