Portugal and Alentejo
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Check-in at the Rural Tourism Água d'Alte in Aldeia da Serra / Serra d'Ossa / Redondo / Portugal and after a good night's sleep and a good breakfast set out to explore the region.
Make a discreet visit to the Convento de São Paulo which is now a hotel, standing from 1182 in Aldeia da Serra / Serra d'Ossa, and had as guests for centuries celebrated figures as kings D. Sebastião, D. João IV and queen D. Catarina de Bragança and that still holds more than 54,000 tiles with biblical themes, bas-reliefs in terracotta and other valuables as the Florentine four seasons fountain and the old church.
Also in Serra d'Ossa you can see artificial caves from the time of hermit monks, around a thousand years ago, and also one of the largest populations of insect-eating plants in the country called the sun-dew (Drosophyllum lusitanicum) that looks like a green octopus, upside down.
Among the many Antas who will see in the region we highlight the Anta do Colmeeiro, which is a Neolithic monument IV / III millennium BC, and consists of a polygonal chamber and a corridor and is one of the best preserved of the county.
In the vicinity of Redondo you can visit the Igreja do Espírito Santo in Montoito existing since the century XIV, was Commendation of the Order of Malta and later passed to the Order of Avis and on the outskirts of Porta Ravessa, stands the Convento de S. António composed by Church and Convent Annex, founded by the Order of the Capuchins, whose construction is due to the Count of Redondo, D. João Coutinho in 1605 and that is now the Pottery Museum.
Lunch in a restaurant in Redondo and in the afternoon visit the Castle (XIV century) built by D. Dinis, whose plant has the configuration of a walled irregular ellipse, with four round turrets that protect the Amur and two towers, one facing west, Torre de Menagem (Watch Tower) (XV century) which is the work of the reign of King Afonso V, but completed in the reign of King D. Manuel and the other at southeast, the Alcaidaria. It also presents two tower gates, with Gothic arches: and at northeast is Porta da Ravessa or Porta do Sol, where there is the hallmark of the rod and the cubit, to which cloth manufacturers had to submit in the markets and fairs, and at southwest is Porta do Postigo, which was increased in the Manueline period with new masonry arch back fully decorated with the coat of arms of the donee of the village, D. Vasco Coutinho.
You can also see the pillory (XVI century), possibly corresponding to the time of D. Manuel's new charter, and the Ermida de S. Pedro (XVI century) located in the far north - west of town on a high point of the old hunting ground S. Pedro, reached today through a stone staircase from 1930.
Do not forget to buy a souvenir because Redondo was, and remains, a major Alentejo pottery center with cultural values and technologies inherited from the Romans, Arabs and other peoples who have settled here and lived for many centuries.
Stock up on local and regional quality products as honey, olive oil, spicy smoked sausages, bread, wine and cheese.
Dine in one of the Aldeia da Serra restaurants where you can chose from the many regional and local specialties with the region's wine.
Sunday morning, take a dip in the pool or a horseback ride (Redondo) or a walk around the countryside to relax and you're ready for your next trip.