Alenquer

"Medieval History, Rolling Hills, Vineyards Galore….all on Lisbon's Doorstep!" - Reviewed by Lisa

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A city with a noble lineage, a picturesque medieval castle, sleepy streets located on the banks of the river and surrounded by pretty, pine-clad hills. The perfect place to witness the Portugal of bygone days. Alenquer is far cry from the hustle and bustle of Lisbon in terms of people, noise and happenings. In reality, it’s just a stone’s throw from the capital city in distance, yet multiple miles away in peace and tranquility.

The town of Alenquer has been compared to a nativity scene with the white houses cascading down the hillside to the river below.

A stroll through the castle ruins is a lovely way to spend an afternoon after a lingering lunch in a local restaurant. This is the real Portugal where the owners will serve you, cook for you and stop to chat and tell you about the history and the places you should visit. The pace is slower, the food plentiful and filling, the views lovely and the surrounding areas the perfect excuse to walk, hike, bike and explore.

The da Cunha family have played an important role in the local history over the past four centuries with the majestic local Quinta de D. Carlos being purchased by the grandson of Tristão da Cunha, the famed as 16th-century ambassador to Portugal and world navigator.

Today, several impeccable local Quintas open their doors for vineyard visits and wine tastings. The fertile soil of the surrounding valley and the sheltered slopes create the perfect growing conditions for bright, lively, young, aromatic whites with notes of citrus. Reds are deep and bright, affordable and very palatable. There are nine DOC labels and wonderful opportunities to tour the Extremadura area as well as visit religious destinations, churches, monasteries and noble Quintas.

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EXPERIENCES

  • Sports: Hiking, biking, horse riding, fishing
  • Wine Tours: Quintas of Alenquer tasting route
  • Religious Route: Tours to Fatima approximately 50 minutes away
  • Sightseeing: Churches, windmills, castles and monasteries
  • Local Gastronomy