Escoural Travel Guide

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Escoural Things to Do

  • Walking and listen to the birds singing

    Don' t miss a walk in any direction in the surroundings of Escoural and you will immediately listen to the natural sounds of a great variety of birds and of the sheepbells, coming from everywhere and bringing to you quietness and peaceful feelings

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  • Street scene

    Main street scene. Very nice contrast between house and sky. Remember this is in begining February. Nice weather for a winter day.

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  • The Caves of Escoural

    This cave is made from a natural cavity formed in granite installed on a wide zone of limestone. The first settlement goes back to the Middle Palaeolithic, when groups of Neanderthal hunters-gatherers used the cave as a temporary shelter as a base for their main activity: the hunting for large animals such as the aurochs During the Upper...

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  • Public water tap

    Just in case you're thirsty remember that you'll find more than one public water tap from where you can drink good fresh water. This one is located in the main church square.

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  • Animals on the suroundings

    This is a must see for me. I love animals and if you pay atentiont and drive a bit off the centre of the town you'll find lots of small farms which have lots of cows and sheeps. Be careful cos i had a goat jumping off the road almost hitting my car.

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  • Strange decorated house

    This house in near the main street if you're heding the main chrch i stays on the left side.When I say it I couldn't believe what I was watching. I found a house decorated with dolls all over, From small ducks in ceramics to plastic dinassaurs you have it all. You can notice a man and a ceramics woman loking at the window.

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  • Door knocks

    You can count how many different door knocks you have in town. You'll find a big head ache due to the large amount of different door knocks. All seem and look interesting. This type of door knock come all the way from Arab times that used Fatima's Hand has a talisman of good luck and getting the evil eye away from their door: "A'udhu Billahi Mina...

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  • Big chimney on the main square

    Apart from a local old factory chimney already out of order, this is the biggest chimney in town. It comes up to your eyes right away because you'll find almost only 1 floor houses and this huge block pops up in front of you. Possibly this was the house from some bakery or blackshift that used to work all day with fire which gave the town problems...

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  • Strong painted houses

    This is indeed a strong color for a house. Thre's a big difference beteen colors people actually paint their houses, so besides this one which is red you have another painted in yellow. It gives a special ambiance to the town.

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Escoural Restaurants

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    by johnsakura Written Feb 6, 2004

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    Just a normal "café" where you can drink coffee and eat local pastry or industrial cakes. Sandwiches also all normal in "cafés".

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Escoural Transportation

  • Bicycle

    Bicycle should be a very nice way for old people to move around. This belongs to a very old man. I could believe he's still driving a bicycle. better a bicycle than a car right? he was really old looking...

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  • Motocross

    Wondeful otorcycle this one. Again I find the countryside amazing due to the incredible number of old stuff you'll find. Look at this super bike! Very nice to climb the hills and farms...be free and wild! :oD

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Escoural Shopping

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    by johnsakura Written Feb 6, 2004

    I found these local handicraft inside a shop in the town's centre. Its quite interesting. I don't like very much but its always interesting for me to see how does local handicraft from the region looks like.

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Escoural Local Customs

  • Dinossaurs

    Can you believe this guy decorated his house with dinossaurs? and dolls? ad ceramic ducks hanged on the outside wall of his house? hehe, greta sense of humor. I found lots of people in town with great sense of humor...

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  • White houses

    I love the way some people just dont paint the normally expected striped house. This type of house looks better for me. They just paint all in white...

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  • Black cat

    Some people are afraid of black cats right? I'm not. Many years ago I used to live with almost 8 black cats. no problem at all. Great pic this one I say!

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Escoural Off The Beaten Path

  • Odd chimney

    This chimney look chinese or something. very strange to find this type of architecture in a town such this one.

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  • Caves of Escoural archaeological complex

    House of the caves staff. There's a young guy working in the caves has a guide and explanation person. He's an young archaeologist which spends his time (cos he doesn't have many people coming to visit the caves right?) playing his saxophone and practicing Jazz...how about this one hey?

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  • Viewfrom the town from hill

    You can get out of town and head to the nearby hill and notice how many farms exist there. You can notice on the picture the town faraway.

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Escoural Favorites

  • Land of olive trees, cork oaks,sheep and...

    Men and women pick up olives in early November but only men are able to take off large plates of cork from the cork oaks at the end of Spring . Never leave Escoural without eating some bread , lamb stew "ensopado",and chiken pie with some olives and red wine from this region of Alentejo.

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  • Fountain with fishes

    town's entrance coming from Alcaçovas. An old man told me a story from when he had to put the fish back into the water after it had jumped out of the fountain.

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  • Street scene

    At the town's entry coming from Alcaçovas. As the majority of people living here are already at an point where they have to rest a lot, you'll find lots of street benches all around the town.

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