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...

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...

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...

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 includes a rare example of a 14th-century secular fresco. The striking work depicts a good judge (with angels perched behind his...

Food & Drinks in Monsaraz

Ervideira

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...

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...

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...

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...

Portuguese in Monsaraz

Taverna Os Templarios

Step back in time with this Knights Templar–themed eatery, complete with iron chandeliers, wall-mounted weapons and banners strung from the rafters. The food is classic Alentejan fare, and it’s one of Monsaraz’...

Arts & Crafts in Monsaraz

Loja da Mizette

Here 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 Lanificios – is...

Castle in Monsaraz

Castelo

The weather-beaten castle at the southwestern end of the village was one in the chain of Dom Dinis’ defensive fortresses along the Spanish border. It’s now converted into a small bullring, and its ramparts offer...

Portuguese in Monsaraz

Sem Fim

In Telheiro this former olive-oil factory has been transformed into an atmospheric eating and drinking space. The changing menu features a small selection of good Alentejo classics as well as options for...

Portuguese in Monsaraz

Cafe-Restaurante Lumumba

This small place has a more local, less touristy clientele who come for filling, inexpensive staples. Don’t let duelling TVs and neon lights deter you, head to the terrace for a meal with a view.

Archaeological Site in Monsaraz

Menhir do Outeiro

Situated 6km north of Monsaraz is the granite, 5.6m-tall Menhir do Outeiro, one of the tallest megalithic monuments ever discovered.

Museum in Monsaraz

Casa da Inquisação

Near the castle, this small two-storey museum touches on the Jewish presence in Monsaraz during the Middle Ages and the persecutions that unfolded after the establishment of the Inquisition in the 16th century.

International in Monsaraz

Xarez

A tourist magnet for its views and reasonable petiscos (snacks) and mains. It gets mixed reviews for food, so we prefer to come in between mealtimes for a drink on the terrace (great sunset views too).

Church in Monsaraz

Igreja da Misericórdia

Opposite the Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Lagoa, this 16th-century church was once part of the Hospital do Espírito Santo complex.