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Travel Guide to Moura

Moura
 
  • Portugal
  • Moura
  • 958.46 km²
  • 6 °C to 34 °C
  • Euro
  • Portuguese
  • 15,167
  • Fantastic place, lots of peace and beautiful landscapes. Very good food and good accommodations in the area.

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    Anna Miller
  • Very interesting and pleasant region for those who like to walk and take photographs. The Mouraria neighborhood are a must visit place.

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    Beverly Clark
  • Always enjoyed my stay, top class room service and rooms have great outside views . Thanks for great experience.

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    Eleanor Young

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.

 

Geography

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.

 

Nature

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.

 

Gastronomy

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.

 

Festivities

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.

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

Amareleja

  • 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

Santo Amador

  • 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

Safara

  • 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

Transport and Useful Information - Moura

Airlines flying to Lisbon:

Voos Açores
 

About Local transports

Moura is located about 55 km east of the district capital, Beja, and 75 km southeast of Évora city.

Coming from the South?

(205 km): Take the IC4 towards Vale da Fenda. Continue on the E01 / IP1 direction North and West. Follow, on the 12th exit, towards Castro Verde / Beja on the IP2. Cross Beja and continue on the IP2 to Vidigueira. Here, take the N258 to Moura.

Coming from Spain?

(115 km): Take the EX-107 towards Olivenza. Continue to Villanueva del Fresno. Here, head towards Portugal. Cross the border, continue on the N256-1 until Mourão. Follow the EM517, cross Póvoa de São Miguel and continue to Moura on the N386.

Coming from the North?

(210 km): Exit at Ponte 25 de Abril follow the IP7. At the 5th exit go towards Évora on the N114. Crossing Évora, head towards Moura on the N384.

Public Transport

Rede Nacional de Expressos

https://www.rede-expressos.pt/  

Taxi

  • 284 602 121
  • 919 659 834
  • 968 779 331
 

Health

  • Centro de Saúde de Moura
  • Rua dos Açores
  • +351 285254900 / 285251552
  • Coordenadas GPS: 38º 08′ 16, 714”N/07º 27′ 07, 336” W
 

Service Pharmacy

 

Police

Largo de São Francisco, Moura

Telf.:+351 285254619

 

Emergency number

112

Moura - Safara

Moura Culture and History

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.

 

Culture

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

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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.

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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.

 
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Moura Bar's and Restaurant's

The rhythm of life, still today marked by the agricultural seasons, is as old as the county itself. The four seasons of the year still know a sequence with few changes. Thus, the art of making the excellent cheeses, sweets, sausages, wines and olive oils that are a source of pride for the municipality of Moura has not been lost.

 

Popular Restaurant's in Moura

 
A Chaminé
Travessa do Hospital, 10, Moura Tel. : +3351 285 254 080
 
Taberna Do Liberato
Rua da Mouraria 2a, Moura Tel. : +351 926 98 5668
 
Papa Migas
Rua do Cordovil 6 -A, Moura Tel. : +351 925 149 655
 
O Vermelhudo
Rua da Latôa, 1, Moura Tel. : +351 968 483 023
 

Famous Bar's in Moura

 
Bar O Tarro
Tv. das Cruzes, 20, Moura Schedule: 09:00 to 02:00h
 
Lounge Bar Moments
R.José Godinho Cunha, nº.5, Moura Schedule: 09:00 to 02:00h
 
Fórum Bar
Lg. do Castelo, Moura Schedule: 09:00 to 23:00h
 
Bar Caprixus
R. de Molejas, 14, Moura Schedule: 09:00 to 24:00h

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