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 name of the medieval town of Mourão reflects its Muslim past: Mauram or Morón are phonetic adaptations of the Late Latin "maurorum", which means “of the Moors”. Although in the old Castilian "morón" also means “horse”, this does not contradict the historical significance of this “land of Moors” conquered by the sword by Christian knights.
The castle and its keep stand out among the town's buildings. The keep was concluded during the reign of King Afonso IV.
Mourão is the keeper of Portugal's independence. We can still find traces of the ancient battle in the boundaries of the Portuguese territory. It can be said that its historical pride together with the calmness of the white houses that radiates from the Praça da República is one of the marks of this borderland.