The Alentejo shopping

Arts & Crafts in Reguengos de Monsaraz

Fabrica Alentejana de Lanificios

This is the last remaining hand-loom producer of mantas alentejanas (handwoven woollen floor rugs). The owner and/or weavers are happy to show you around. The factory is southeast of the praça (town square; take the…
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.
Books in Évora

Fonte de Letras

Set on Évora’s main shopping lane, this small bookstore stocks intriguing titles, including English-language versions of books by Portuguese authors (and top-rated books set in Portugal). The shop also sells CDs and…
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 …
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…
Food in Castelo de Vide

Toca do Chocolate

If you have a weakness for chocolate, don’t miss this heavenly shop and cafe hidden on a narrow lane on the way to the castle. You’ll find plenty of temptations here, from rich hot chocolate to chocolate-covered fru…
Food in Évora

Gente da Minha Terra

On a boutique-lined street leading off the main plaza, this is a great one-stop shop for gifts. The shelves are packed with quality olive oils, azulejos (hand-painted tiles), textiles, ceramics and pretty packages o…
Arts & Crafts in Estremoz

Afonso Ginja

Afonso Ginja has been handcrafting bonecas (clay dolls) for over 40 years now. Stop by Ginja’s shop to see him in action, and browse his ceramic figurines depicting traditional Alentejan scenes. Prices typically ran…
Arts & Crafts in Beja

Igreja de Misericórdia

An artesenato cooperative has a range of goods for sale within the Igreja de Misericórdia – a unique style of store. You’ll find hand-painted ceramics, cork products, strawberry preserves and more.
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.