Evoramonte - Estremoz
Turismo do Alentejo, ERT
Caminhos de Santiago do Alentejo e Ribatejo - Caminho Nascente - Etapa 11Photo: Upstream, Turismo do Alentejo, ERT
Back to the central square, we cross the road and enter Rua das Correias, following the signs that indicate Ermida de S. Brás immediately to the left. We go up until we find the gate of Monte da Alagoinha, and then access, on the left, a dirt track to Herdade da Junceira, along 6 km.
In the middle of the cork oak forest, we see the marks of the periodic harvests of the valuable cork, transformed into stoppers, cocharros (sort of spoon to drink water from the fountain, typical from Alentejo) and many other items. From the nearby Herdade da Defesa we continue along the trail between the cork oak forest and across the plateau, now also with aligned olive groves and vineyards. The estates Herdade da Junceira and Herdade da Defesa are reference areas for hunters, but now the land is fenced to protect cattle and crops, and we are forced to deviate and enter the road (N381), near a viaduct over the Tera stream, fortunately with little traffic. Along the way, the landscape looks like a mosaic, where the yellow of the stubble alternates with the reddish vineyards in the autumn period. After almost 3 km, in front of a farm with an atypical circular house, we detour to the left, to the dirt track. Further on we see the motorway and pass through the lower tunnel, always following the macadamia road until a junction. On the right we see Estremoz in the horizon! Another passage through the motorway, now on a viaduct and, straight ahead, we reach the bustling intersection of the N4 national road. We walk 150 m on the left side of the road and, very carefully, cross the N4 to the other side, next to the white house with blue stripes on the corner. We can see the continuation of our way up to the walls of Estremoz. After a slight ascent, we reached the bastion wall and penetrated this fortification through the Porta de Évora gate. On the right, we continue the stone path, next to the wall, and enter the Castle through Rua do Arco de Santarém. Inside the wall of the citadel we go to the Municipal Museum for information.
In the Alentejo you really have to try the typical delicacies. The Alentejo bread, the olive oil, the wines. The starters with olives, a cheese board and delicious smoked ham. The Alentejo soup (there are several). Savour the açordas and the migas, the lamb and pork. Why not a sericaia, which is a conventual sweet for dessert, for example? But the menu is diverse. See where you can taste the Alentejo gastronomy. And because when travelling in Alentejo, restful nights are a must. Here you will find many options where you can rest and relax.
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Tips and hints
- Estremoz City Council: +351 268 339 200
- Estremoz Parish Councils (Santa Maria and Santo André): +351 268 323 577
- Tourism Office/Casa de Estremoz: +351 268 339 227
- Santo André de Estremoz Parish Social Center: +351 268 324 842
- Estremoz Health Center: +351 268 337 700
- Estremoz Fire Department: +351 268 337 360
- Estremoz Civil Protection: +351 268 080 250
- GNR − Estremoz National Republican Guard: +351 268 322 804
- PSP − Public Security Police: +351 268 338 470
EquipmentAlways carry water, supplies, sunscreen, a hat, waterproof, comfortable shoes, and a map.
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