General Information About Moura
Best Time of Year to Visit
In order to characterize the extent to which the weather during the year is pleasant in Moura, we calculate two indexes of travel.
The tourism index, gives preference to days with little cover and no rain, with a temperature sensation between 18 ° C and 27 ° C. Based on this index, the best times of the year to visit Moura and to carry out general outdoor tourist activities are from the beginning of May to the end of July and the end of July to the end of October, with the maximum index in the last week of May.
The frontier with Spain, which is to the east, and the river Guadiana, to the west, and to the northwest the Alqueva’s hydraulic basin are the great borders of the county of Moura. The water from its rivers and streams, the fertility of its lands and the abundance of ore from early on have attracted people to settle in this territory.
In addition to Moura, where 50% of the population is concentrated, there are 7 other locations, Amareleja, Safara, Sobral da Adiça, Póvoa de São Miguel, Santo Aleixo da Restauração, Santo Amador e Estrela, which give body and soul to the county.
They are very different places, with their own personality, surrounded by olive trees, which are the brand image of the county.
Moura has a warm and temperate climate. Most precipitation falls in December, with an average of 75 mm. August is the hottest month of the year, with an average temperature of 24.7 ° C. January is the month with the lowest temperature throughout the year 9.6 ° C.
In the vicinity of the county, or crossing it, there are rivers where you can fish. The fields are still hunting ground or promenade. There are many reasons to visit this clear and lively Alentejo region, located near the left bank of the Guadiana’ river, in a region of rolling hills where large olive groves grow, and also produce excellent wines.
The Alentejo is known for its gastronomy and good wines. Migas, gazpacho, lamb stew, alentejana porc, beldroegas soup, coriander sticks are some of the dishes that are much appreciated in the region.
Among the snacks we find the gizzards, the pork sausage, the snails, the greens and the ham. Accompanied with a good Alentejo red wine they delight those who try these delicacies.
With all the meals, with any food or simply with bread, the olives that here are splendid in the varied forms of preserves (whole, stepped, shredded) go well.
Alentejo sweets are also widely known, as sericaia, curd cake, donuts, almond and gila cake among many others.
Of the local specialties, the Moura Olive Oil, the Amareleja Grape Raisins, are products that have the name of the original places and which come from quality raw products, transformed according to the wisdom of many centuries.
In a city that lives intensely day-to-day, the Patronage Festivals in honour of Nª Senhora do Carmo (in July) deserve special mention, bringing thousands of expatriates and foreigners to Moura.
- Festivities in honour of São Sebastião - January
- Maio Fair - Includes the Beef Fair - May
- Festivals in honour of Nossa Senhora do Carmo - July
- Craft Fair - September
- Festivities in honour of Santa Maria - August
- Feast in honour of Santa Cecilia - November
- Wine and Wine Fair - December
- Feast in honour of Nossa Senhora da Conceição - December
Póvoa de São Miguel
- Feast in honour of Nossa Senhora da Estrela - July
- Feast in honour of S. Miguel - September
- Ervançum - Cultural Festival of Santo Amador, Local Flavors with Grain - July
- Feast in honour of Santo Amador - August
Santo Aleixo da Restauração
- Feast in honour of Santo Antonio - May
- Feast in honour of Santo Aleixo - July
- Tomina's Feast - August
- Feast in honour of S. Sebastião- January
- Endoenças / Holy Week - April
- Feast in honour of Santa Ana - July
Sobral da Adiça
- Feast in honour of S. Pedro - July
- Feast in honour of Nª Senhora do Ó - August
Moura, Amareleja, Safara, Sobral da Adiça, Póvoa de São Miguel, Santo Aleixo da Restauração, Santo Amador, Estrela
Moura Culture and History
In Santo Aleixo’s area there are detectable traces that prove a prehistoric occupation, especially in the Herdade da Negrita, where there is an important megalithic complex. This human settlement in the Municipality, since times so far back, finds justification in the richness of the zone in ore, in proximity of important fluvial ways and in the existence of important zones of culture. The Castle of Moura rests on an settlement of the Iron Age of proven political and economic importance.
The period of Roman domination (3rd century BC) was of great importance in Moura, numerous Villae (great farms) and romanized castles are marked throughout the County.
From the Arabs (8th-12th centuries) came a turret of mud from the Almohad period, in the Castle of Moura, and ceramics and engraved headstones. Its conquest of the Moors in 1166, by the brothers Pedro and Álvaro Rodrigues, is surrounded by the colourful legend of the Moorish Salúquia, evoked by the old tower that is next to the Dr. Santiago’s Garden. Moura was elevated to the category of City in 1988.
A walk through the village does not dispense a visit to Mouraria, with a typical typology of the Arab neighborhoods. The Arab Museum built around a well of the time, which is in excellent condition, deserves a visit. On the building where the Municipal Library is installed, the tower of Taipa, also of the Arab period, stands out, forming an interesting set to be observed.
Strolling through the streets of Moura, you will find some temples worthy of note, the main church dedicated to S. João Baptista and the churches of Carmo and S. Francisco deserve particular attention.
Moura still holds a unique copy of military architecture from the beginning of the XVII century, known as the Edificio dos Quarteis. At one end is the chapel of Senhor Jesus dos Quarteis.
About 3 km from the town, rises on a secluded hill the picturesque military tower known as Atalaia Magra.
The municipality of Moura is integrated into the Alentejo Wine Route, in the Manuelino Cultural Tourism Route Itinerary and in the Terras da Moura Encantada Cultural Tourism Itinerary.
What to Visit
Igreja de São João Batista
It was around the XVI, thanks to D. Manuel I, that the present Church of St. John the Baptist was erected in the county of Moura. The architect of this work was Cristóvão de Almeida. This church was only built because the church of Castelo de Moura did not have space to support so many people. The main building was only for the clergy and the nobility and the side zones were for the people.his stone was torn, the sea would go around and flood the Village of Aljustrel.
Igreja de Santo Aleixo
The first construction, dating from 1626, was destroyed in the first years after the Restoration, when all the plain of Moura suffered successive attacks of the Castilian troops. In 1644 the church still served as a shelter to the local populations, the resistance of the inhabitants would come to be reflected in the toponym of the parish, from then on called Santo Aleixo da Restauração.
Museu Municipal de Moura
The collection of the Municipal Museum is eminently archaeological, resulting from archaeological prospects. Of note are the Iron Age pieces, the collection of Roman pieces, Islamic tombstones, modern ceramics and a set of weapons that includes daggers from the 16th and 17th centuries.