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Top Choice Portuguese in Castelo de Vide


This outstanding restaurant serves up delectable plates of regional fare showcasing whatever is fresh and seasonal. The menu is limited and mostly meat-centric (think tender beef cheeks, wild partridge and rich roas…
Castle in Castelo de Vide


Originally Castelo de Vide’s inhabitants lived within the castle’s sturdy outer walls; even now there remains a small inner village with a church, the 17th-century Igreja da Nossa Senhora da Alegria. You can take in…
Museum in Castelo de Vide

Synagogue & Museum

Reopened in 2009 after being converted into a museum, the site comprises the original synagogue – two rooms (one for women and one for men), a wooden tabernacle and Holy Ark for Torah scrolls. The remaining rooms (p…
Historic Site in Castelo de Vide


By the castle is a small judiaria – the former Jewish district. A sizeable community of Jews settled here in the 12th century, then larger waves came in the early 15th century after the expulsion of the Jews from Sp…
Cafe in Castelo de Vide

Doces & Companhia

Serving great cakes and ice cream, this is the place to ease your sugar cravings. Also on offer are light meals (quiche, crêpes, burgers), teas, coffees and set-menu lunches (around €8). There are usually vegetarian…
Religious in Castelo de Vide

Easter Festival

Castelo de Vide’s big bash – and one of the most traditional of its festivals – is the four-day fair on Good Friday to Easter Monday when a couple of lambs go through the highs and lows of blessings and slaughter. P…
Food in Castelo de Vide

Toca do Chocolate

If you have a weakness for chocolate, don’t miss this heavenly shop and cafe hidden on a narrow lane on the way to the castle. You’ll find plenty of temptations here, from rich hot chocolate to chocolate-covered fru…
Portuguese in Castelo de Vide

O Miguel

This long-standing down-to-earth spot whips up regional dishes including migas de batata (potato dumplings), tripe and traditional flavours of the season in a convivial atmosphere. Set lunches for around €9 are serv…
Portuguese in Castelo de Vide

O Alentejano

This pretty spot has the prime location above the pretty Fonte do Montorinho. It is a reasonable choice, serving traditional, if slightly tourist-focused, cuisine.
Carnival in Castelo de Vide


Held in February/March, this festival is great fun, with everyone out to watch processions of those in their homemade fancy dress.