Top things to do in Monsaraz

Observatory in Monsaraz

Observatório do Lago Alqueva

Offers two-hour open-air sessions taking in the marvellous star-filled skies of the Alentejo. You'll get an overview of constellations visible with the naked eye, then use telescopes to view some of the planets and …
Portuguese in Monsaraz

Sabores de Monsaraz

Perched high above the plains, with views reaching as far as Spain, this stone-built tavern is a rustic, wonderfully family-friendly spot. Good honest Alentejano home cooking stars on the menu, with dishes like melt…
Cafe in Monsaraz

O Gaspacho

A small cheerfully decorated cafe where you can try owner Gabriel's excellent signature gazpacho. It goes well with the creative small plates on hand, including cheese platters, salads (like red pepper with mackerel…
Music in Monsaraz

Museu Aberto

Monsaraz heaves with jollity during its week-long Museu Aberto music festival, held in July in even-numbered years.
Museum in Monsaraz

Museu do Fresco

Housed inside a fine Gothic building beside the parish church, this museum houses a rare example of a 14th-century secular fresco. The striking work depicts a good judge (with angels perched behind his shoulder) and…
Food & Drinks in Monsaraz


Set in the former primary school, this welcoming shop sells wines by Ervideria, a 160-hectare vineyard that's been run by the same family since the 1880s. You can sample some unusual wines (try the Invisível, so nam…
Food in Monsaraz

Casa Tial

Run by a French expat, this charming little shop is a fine spot to browse for gifts, with artfully wrapped tins of sardines, high-quality olive oils, unique wines, handsomely packaged liqueurs (like the limoncello-s…
Beach in Monsaraz

Praia Fluvial de Monsaraz

When you need a break from the heat, head down to this beach on the edge of Alqueva Lake. You can go for a swim (there are lifeguards in summer), hire kayaks and other gear from the Centro Naútico or grab a drink an…
Church in Monsaraz

Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Lagoa

The parish church, near the turismo, was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake and again a century later. Inside is an impressive nave and a 14th-century marble tomb carved with 14 saints. An 18th-century pelourinho (st…
Arts & Crafts in Monsaraz

Loja da Mizette

At this Monsaraz shop, you can purchase handsome Alentejano mantas (woollen rugs and blankets) that are still made entirely by handloom. The factory in Reguengos where these are produced – the Fabrica Alentejana de …