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.
The fortified town of Monsaraz is built on a rocky outcrop that offers a magnificent view over the natural landscape. The origin of its name is not certain; however, mon-xarás – “monte-xaras” (rock rose hill) -, is a poetic image that fits the history and charm of this place perfectly.
This old place was once inhabited by Romans and Arabs. In fact, its border gave it a proud guardian role.
The first charter was given to the town by King Afonso III. It established the boundaries of the original medieval period as well as the crown land, in other words, the land that belonged to the king. These lands gave the name to Reguengos de Monsaraz.