The Municipality of Alcoutim is divided into the following parishes:
Alcoutim; Giões; Martinlongo; Pereiro; Vaqueiros
Municipal Holiday: Second Friday of September
Area: 576 km²
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Alcoutim has an extensive historical heritage with many archaeological remains of Roman occupation still visible on the Montinho das Laranjeiras and in Álamo. The fascinating view from the Castle of Alcoutim, built in clay, extends over the River Guardiana. The nucleus of the Religious Art and Archaeological Museums can be visited in the Chapel of Our Lady of the Conception in Alcoutim.
The villages of Pereiro, Giões, Martimlongo and Lutão de Baixo seem frozen in time, and are also worth a visit. It is possible to rent a boat for river trips on the Guardiana from Guerreiros do Rio.
A pre-historic mine was discovered in Mineiro da Cova dos Mouros Park, near the hamlet of Vaqueiros, showing the evolution of early man’s use of metal. The Handicraft Fair takes place in June, where blankets, tablecloths, panniers and other items in wool or linen are sold, made by local weavers.
Enjoy some of the local dishes, made from lamb, pork, wild boar, hare or partridge. The fish served are from the river, i.e. lamprey eel or elvers. Deserts are based on bread dough, such as the Easter cakes with egg “folares” and puff pastry “filhós”.For further information about Alcoutim, visit the Official Municipal Website (Portuguese only)
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