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Alecrim

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…
Portuguese in Estremoz

Gadanha Mercearia e Restaurante

This foodie-loving spot brilliantly merges traditional local products with contemporary touches. Extraordinary petiscos (snacks) include linguiça de porco preto and farinheira with quail eggs (farinheira is a local …
Market in Estremoz

Saturday Market

The weekly Saturday market held on the Rossio provides a great display of Alentejan goodies and Estremoz specialities, from goat’s and ewe’s milk cheeses, to a unique style of unglazed, ochre-red pots.
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.…
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…
Museum in Estremoz

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 talented artists from the Alentejo – easily the best works in Estremoz – with t…
Portuguese in Estremoz

Venda Azul

Just south of the main square, Venda Azul serves up delicious Alentejan fare at unbeatable prices – a feast for two, including wine and dessert, can be had for under €30. Never mind the bustling, unpretentious atmos…
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 …
Historic Building in Estremoz

Café Águias d’Ouro

This stunning cafe – built in art-nouveau style between 1908 and 1909 – is worth seeing for both the exterior and interior (don’t overlook the upstairs dining room). At the start of the 20th century it was where the…