Welcome to our 5th stop: Alentejo marble route!
Alentejo, as demonstrated by its name, is the Portuguese province situated on the opposite side of the Tagus River than the one of Lisbon.
Marble is used in Alentejo province since prehistoric ages. Romans were the first to extract and use marble in sculpture and to create precious ornaments. Arabs used Alentejo marble for ornaments and elements of mosques and palaces.
It is a very interesting region to visit, since it has a very diversified landscape offering also remnants of several civilisations, namely Celtics, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs.
The marble route in Alentejo requires 2 full days and guides you through underground and surface marble quarries and marble monuments of local towns of Vila Viçosa and Estremoz.
Vila Viçosa is a town situated in one of the most amazing landscapes in Alentejo. In the neighbourhood one can visit an underground quarry, see the top of the Mouro Quarry enjoy an outstanding view of the Anticline, see some of the heritage that uses marble and enjoy the taste of typical Alentejo cooking and wine in local restaurants and taverns.
Estremoz is a city welcoming the visitor ready to prove that marble is one of the main architectural elements of its historical centre. The city has a rich history of wars between Portuguese kings and the Moors. One can find castles and monuments. It is famous for its fine to medium marble that occurs in several colours: white, cream, pink, grey or black and streaks with any combination of these colours, which is so abundant that it is used everywhere in building.Below we provide a virtual tour of the main highlights of the route along with information and photos for all the points of interest. For more detailed information please visit the itineraries of this region.