Reguengos de Monsaraz. Have you already heard about it? A small town located in the heart of Alentejo region. Here, people say that the time slows down… The charming medieval city, near Spain border, is constructed on the top of the hill, which offer to visitors an amazing view on the valley and the Alqueva Lake, one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe. Discover 3 of the many reasons to visit this lovely place…
An historic heritage
Considered as one of the oldest town of Portugal, Monsaraz has been inhabited since the Prehistoric Age. The neolithic megalithic monuments of Herdade de Xerez are the witnesses of those ancient civilizations.
In this town of 750 inhabitants, there are no less than 6 beautiful churches… Santa Maria da Lagoa is one of the most magnificent. But the must-see place of Monsaraz is the castle and its medieval towers, dominating the valley from the top of the hill. Have a break there, and admire the splendid view!
Wine European Capital 2015
On your way to the medieval city, you will cross kilometres of olive trees, cork oaks and vineyard fields. It might be this enchanted landscape, in addition of the remarkable quality of the wine produced, which allows Reguengos do Monsaraz the title of “Wine European Capital 2015”.
This certification awards cities, which “better represent the richness and diversity of wine culture and highlights the common features of the European vine and wine territories”. The Alentejo Region is worldwide recognised for its great wines. Take the time to visit local vineyards and taste the delicious beverage!
1st Starlight Tourism Destination
After a day of discoveries, hiking, canoeing, and wine degustation, what is better to relax while admiring a marvellous sky full of stars? Monsaraz received in 2012, the first "1st Starlight Destination Certification", award sponsored by UNESCO and the World Tourism Organisation.
Starlight destinations are places where the low level of light pollution allows visitors to enjoy a clear night sky, and (re)discovering the pleasure of stargazing, which is becoming harder in many European places, due to intensive light pollution. Stargazers are welcomed to come and get lost into the stars!
A journey in Reguengos de Monsaraz is worth to be included in your Portugal tour. Wine tasting, outdoors activities, or historic sight-seeing can be enjoyed here. If you need any suggestions, ask our team or look at our Wine Tour program.