The landscape around the Alqueva Lake is charming and unique.
Discover the lakeside villages and all they have to offer.
Culture and local cuisine are just some of the reasons why you should visit the lakeside villages of the Alqueva Lake.
The town of Monsaraz
The town of Mourão
One of the strategic aims of the Government is to enhance the tourist potential of the “Lands of the Great Alqueva Lake”.
The dam embraces the valleys of the Guadiana and Degebe rivers, as well as the Alcarrache, Zebro and Lucefecit streams. It offers real potential for tourist development due to its proximity to the villages and towns of Alentejo. These communities stand to benefit greatly from the combination of their own activities with those generated by the increase in tourism, leisure and recreational opportunities provided by the Alqueva waters and its margins.
The development of an alternative brand of tourism is a large scale activity that aims to innovate the tourist and leisure business in the world.
Mass tourism is giving way to new products, spaces, equipment and services, marketing mechanisms and tourist promotion models. These offer an introduction to new environments and structures in which tourists find a warm and original welcome as they make contact with local people and their values and cultural heritage.
This very old village was already mentioned in documents dating back to the 13th century as belonging to D. João Peres de Aboim, the master of Portel. At that time, the village was known by the name of Amieira da Moura, probably because it lay close to the road that linked Évora to Moura.
Note, among its white houses built in the traditional adobe, the religious heritage such as the S. Romão chapel and the parish church dedicated to Our Lady of Neves.
As the village was quite isolated before the Alqueva dam was built, it preserves a very rich cultural heritage in terms of songs (the traditional "cante") and traditional Alentejo poetry. Its cuisine is also quite unique, characterised by game, river fish and mountain products.