Top things to do in Monsaraz

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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 homecooking stars on the menu, with dishes like melti…
Music in Monsaraz

Museu Aberto

Monsaraz heaves with jollity during its weeklong 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…
Church in Monsaraz

Igreja Matriz

The parish church, near the turismo, was rebuilt after the 1755 earthquake and again a century later. Inside (if you can get in, hours can be vague) is an impressive nave and a 14th-century marble tomb carved with 1…
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 …
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’ more…
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 and rich chocolates. You can also stop by for coffee…
Castle in Monsaraz


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 a f…
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 vegetarians…
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.