Best archaeological sites in Alentejo

Megalithic Stones, ©Ken and Nyetta/Flickr

Visit Alentejo, the place where golden plains are to be found together with ancient monuments that date back to the Roman period and prehistoric times. The most significant archeological site in the region is called Évora where the carven rocks of Gruta do Escoural are located and so is the Cromeleque dos Almendres stone circle. Travel back in time and experience the age of early dwellers of Portugal. When you set out towards the shore, make sure you visit the ruins of Miróbriga, an ancient Roman city, which gives place to the only complete arena of the country. While you enjoy the archeological sites you can also take delight in Alentejo’s vast and amazing landscape.

The ancient ruins of Miróbriga

The old ruins of Miróbriga lays near the sea, next to a village called Santiago do Cacém. This ancient town used to be a place of pilgrimage left behind the Romans, which nowadays is visited quite often. In the first century the town of Miróbriga was a splendid city that had its own sewage system. It was a town where its locals and gentiles went to public baths and were entertained in commercial areas.

Miróbriga ruins, ©Bruce Tuten/Flickr

The interesting ruins of Pisões

Not very far from Beja stand the ruins of Pisões, a town with its two millennium old mosaics. This archeological site confirms the most supremely the ancient rural tradition of Alentejo. If you are up for a time travel, visit Pisões, the ancient Roman town, where Roman architecture flourished in its own time and now we can only see what is left of it, that is the remains of walls, columns and mosaic floors.

Travel back in time atruins of Pisões

Imagine the 4th century rural area and the Roman people who lived in it! If you cannot manage on your own, visit São Cucufate, an archeological site in Vila de Frades that will surely inspire you.

Roman ruins in Saint Cucufat, ©guymoll/Flickr

The villa is the ruin of a Roman sumptuous farmhouse of which a long time ago were part hot, cold and tepid water baths, a swimming pool and large spaces for leafy gardens.

Beautiful Castro da Cola village

In 1910 the town of Castro da Cola has been classified as labeled as a national monument, which has an interesting legacy of Moorish origin and medieval Christian remains. It is worth visiting the place of which legends say that had enchanted Moors, timeless marks left by ancient people and mythical treasures.

The secret of megalithic stones

Find out how the people lived in the first centuries. Unlock the secrets of stones inscribed in the landscape of Alentejo.

Megalithic Stones, ©Ken and Nyetta/Flickr

These enormous ancient rocks have always thrilled people around the world. Discover the religious meaning of the monument; learn about the rituals of early inhabitants and the way how all the information enigmatically correlates.





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