Alcoutim Off The Beaten Path

  • Footpath to Menhir do Lavajo I, Alcoutim, PT
    Footpath to Menhir do Lavajo I,...
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  • Photo hole in fence, Alcoutim, PT
    Photo hole in fence, Alcoutim, PT
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    Menhirs do Lavajo I

    by gubbi1 Updated Apr 4, 2011
    Menhir do Lavajo I, Alcoutim, PT
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    Outside town, about 6 km direct line north west, you can visit the menhirs do Lavajo. These are two menhirs protected by a fence. Coming there into the 'nowhere' and whatch those stones is in my opinion an intense experience when thinking what these menhirs have 'seen' through their long lasting lifes. Another menhir from a hill closeby is now an exhibit of the museum in the castle of Alcoutim.

    To get to the menhirs from Alcoutim check the link below (copy and paste it into your browser).
    Where it ends you still have to drive about 2 km straight on on the gravel road. There is a sunprotection over the parking at the menhirs, which is even visible by google maps and google earth.

    http://maps.google.de/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Alcoutim,+Portugal&daddr=37.495835,-7.537737&geocode=FSHDOwIdwPmN_w%3B&hl=de&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=17&sll=37.494048,-7.532072&sspn=0.007338,0.016469&ie=UTF8&ll=37.48562,-7.498341&spn=0.117417,0.2635&t=h&z=13

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    • Archeology
    • Historical Travel

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    Find the photo hole in the fence at Menhir!

    by gubbi1 Updated Jul 14, 2009
    Photo hole in fence, Alcoutim, PT

    Coming to the Menhir fo Lavajo you might think that the fence is disturbing the camera when taking THE photo. Well check the hole in the fence which was left open especially for YOU!
    It is on the right side when coming up to the menhir. There is even a sign pointing at it!

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    • Archeology
    • Photography

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    Martinlongo

    by Taffi Written Apr 25, 2005
    A street in Martinlongo

    Martinlongo, also spelled Martim Longo, is one of the largest towns in the municipality of Alcoutim. Its main church is worth a visit and the town also produces nice featureless jute dolls representing local trades, and local-style ceramics at the Olaria (pottery workshop).

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    Afonso Vicente

    by Taffi Updated Apr 23, 2005
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    One day I decided to visit the "Menir do Lavajo" (now there are two, then there was just one), a prehistoric standing stone to which a signpost points invitingly along the road to Mértola. If you follow the signs you get to Afonso Vicente from which a long walk or short drive takes you to...well, a stone on a hill with a wire fence arond it. Mind you, they've cut out a neat square for your camera!
    The village of Afonso Vicente itself, though, has a number of beautifully decorated houses.

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    Cortes Pereiras

    by Taffi Written Jan 8, 2005
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    Cortes Pereiras, about 5 km north of Alcoutim, consists of several small nuclei of houses and is home to Cerâmicas de Alcoutim, a ceramics workshop. You can easily reach it by car, but two interesting walks also lead up to it: you can either continue on the path next to the youth hostel, which will first lead you past some gardens and then uphill, or you can hitch a boat ride to Premedeiros, from which you also have to walk gently uphill to the village.

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    Balurcos

    by Taffi Updated Jan 8, 2005

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    Balurcos de Baixo is approximately 7 kms from Alcoutim. If you come to Alcoutim on the bus from Lisbon, this is your stop. It's a pleasant village which is home to Alcoutim's local radio station. The old primary school is being converted into a museum of village life.

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    Montinho das Laranjeiras

    by Taffi Written Jan 8, 2005
    Montinho das Laranjeiras

    Approximately 10 kms downstream from Alcoutim along the river road, this is another extremely quiet village, where archaeologists are currently excavating the remains of a Roman villa.

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