In Alcoutim it is very easy to greet Spain. The houses on the other side of the river are already spanish! The town is called Sanlucar de Guardiana. I don't know if there is a possibility to cross the border here by boat, but the other town also looks interesting with the castle and the windmills.Edit: The walkable city guide downloadable via the...more
In case you have seen the Menhir do Lavajo before (see other tip) or you are planning to drive there afterwords, I recommend you to visit the museum in the castelo. Here you will find the other menhir which was brought here from the Lavajo site. There is a reference to it on the information plate at the Menhir do Lavajo I outside town.Otherwise the...more
As local as you can go in Alcoutim without eating in someone's house. A choice of three to four dishes of the day that are usually good value for money. The food is consistent as a lot of locals who lunch here are builders.
If you do depend on public transport to get to Alcoutim, you can do this:From VILA REAL DE SANTO ANTONIO take the bus that leaves at 5:10 PM from the main bus station (€3,10 one way).There is a bus going back from Alcoutim at 7:45 AM.From LISBON take the Expressos bus to BALURCOS (CRUZAMENTO). From there on, however, you have to organize your own...more
The best way to get to Alcoutim is by car or by boat. Public transportation is not that well-developed.A tip: if you want to take the most scenic route to Alcoutim, take the motorway to BEJA and MERTOLA and take the exit FOZ DE ODELEITE rather than Alcoutim. Turn right at the end of the exit and then left. Drive to Foz and just follow the Guadiana...more
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When the border between Spain and Portugal was closed, smuggling was a popular albeit dangerous way of making ends meet. The Spanish and Portugese were eager to bury the hatchet and help one another in this enterprise. People smuggled manufactured goods as well as foodstuffs such as coffee, meat and butter. the goods were usually hidden under other...more
If you are a knight and happen to be in Alcoutim on the night of the 17th of March, try this: climb up to the old Islamic castle (these days you have to climb a fence as well to get there :-), and pass between two old olive trees. A monster will appear that you will have to kill with your sword, thus releasing an enchanted Moorish princess!more
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...more
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!more
The Alcoutim area is nice for walking, which has just been discovered by the tourist board, which is developing signposted walks.
On the website of the development association Odiana (disable your popup blocker!) under "Trails" you can also find itineraries for walks, bike tours or drives. An interesting itinerary suggested there, for example, is the one from Martinlongo to Vascao.
A river separating two countries, two cultures, two cities, but everything seeming so close, so linked, that I had this funny experience: there was a popular festivity in Alcoutim, but the sound of the music came from across the river. The same festivity? The same saint? Just a coincidence?more
I put this under general tips as the river beach is not really a must, but a very nice place to cool down in summer. It has a bar, showers, toilets etc. Last year they obtained a Blue Flag, which indicates that the water is safe for swimming.The beach is on the banks of the river Cadavais. There are signposts to the praia in the centre of the town.more