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Top Choice Portuguese in Estremoz


Alecrim is one of the best places in town for a meal, no matter the time of day. Come at lunchtime for excellent multicourse daily specials (creamy codfish dishes and tender Alentejan pork), or stop by in the mornin…
Museum in Estremoz

Museu Municipal

This museum is housed in a beautiful 17th-century almshouse near the former palace. Pretty hand-painted furniture sits alongside endearing, locally carved wooden figures (charming rural scenes by Joaquim Velhinho) a…
Portuguese in Estremoz

Adega do Isaías

To enter this delightful rustic tasca (tavern), you pass by a sizzling grill cooking up tender fish, meat and Alentejan specialities. Inside, a wine cellar awaits, crammed with tables and huge wine jars.
International in Estremoz

A Cadeia

Unlock your purses at this place, housed in the former judicial jail, which dates from the 16th century; the two storeys of the quadrangle separated male and female prisoners. The restaurant serves petiscos and main…
International in Estremoz

São Rosas

White tablecloths under whitewashed arches equal rustic-meets-smart, and the food is great, featuring some lovely starters (including fried cuttlefish in ink and red wine) and gazpacho in summer. The borrego assado …
Bar in Estremoz

Reguengo Bar

This big barnlike space with a vaulted ceiling is where Estremoz youth kick up their heels. Live bands or DJs hold court most weekend nights. In summer the party continues in the garden outside.
Arts & Crafts in Estremoz

Casa Galileu

If you miss the Saturday market, visit this shop southeast of the Rossio. It is crammed with locally made items, including essentials such as flat caps, drinking horns and cowbells.
Palace in Estremoz

Paço Reial

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.…
Notable Building in Estremoz

Cavalry Barracks

Just north of the square Rossio Marquês de Pombal, you’ll find a few monastic buildings that were converted into cavalry barracks.
Lake in Estremoz

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.