This tower is situated by one of the village doors – it has therefore a defensive purpose. Curiously, there is a bell on top of this tower. Legend says that this tower was named after Saint Roque because in the 16th century many people died of the plague and they used to invocate saints to protect them. Later, in the 18th century, records say that...more
The parish church in situated on the centre of the village by a small garden with orange trees where can be seen the pelourinho. The main chapel of this church is dedicated to Our Lady of Conception and inside there are azulejos (Portuguese tiles) from the 17th century – these tiles are white and hand painted in yellow and blue, a common Portuguese...more
The pelourinho is a common artefact on most ancient Portuguese villages - it is a medieval symbol of the local power and most times it was used to public executions. This particular pelourinho, dates from the 16th century. On top of it, there is an eagle – the symbol of this village and its town hall. Actually, there are 3 gargoyles on the...more
The Convent has a church, quite simple on the outside, with a belfry on the left side of the main entrance. Inside the church you will find 4 chapels, one of which (dedicated to Santo António) with azulejos – Portuguese tiles. These azulejos have a pattern that dates from the 17th century. Notice that the church has the same yellow stripes as the...more
These walls were built in the 13th century when the military order of S. Bento de Aviz settled in this place. They were changed in the 15th century and there are few traces of the original walls left. Actually, some of them are part of private houses. Nowadays they are classified as National Monument (although they don't look like they have been...more
This garden is called Jardim do Mestre (Master's Garden). It's a very small garden where elderly men sit and spend their quiet afternoons. Since this garden stands on the top of the hill you get a fabulous view over part of the village and the plains that surround it, as well as part of the dam.more
I recommend a walk through the village (inside the castle walls). It won't take long and it's a pleasant way to get in touch with locals. When we walk and cross with locals, specially the elderly, they compliment us! Specially men (who still wear hat), stop their slow walking, look at you and greet you by taking off the hat or by waving their...more
The Main church of Aviz was built on the 15th century but almost totaly rebuilt during the 17th century.A Mor-chapel is dedicated to Holy Lady of Conceicao and have side walls filed with patterned tiles from the 17th century From the 18th century is is althar with portuguese wooden "talha" with 2 columns with images of S. Peter and S. Paul on top.more
This is an amazing church that belongs to the convent of Saint Bento of Aviz. With an original construction from the 15th century, during the 18th century it suffered som updates and changes.From religious gothic architecture. The plan of the church still maintains medieaval aspects. From the gothic construction there are still left some stones...more
This is an amazing image from the town. Below the hill you have the Barrage of Maranhao which consists on a very important water reservoir for the warm Alentejo region.On this picture you can notice the typical colors of the Alentejo. Those greens with the ocre color gives a special touch to scene.more
Sorry but no night life.
You' may try and go to Martins restaurant - on the side they have a cosy little bar.
There is also a cinema that is open on Friday and Saturday nights for the 21h30m session.
Aviz’s typical houses, as well as in the Alentejo region, are painted in white and have blue or yellow stripes around the windows, doors and at the bottom. Some say that the blue stripes were meant to keep the bad spirits way from the house and owners. I wonder if the yellow has the same meaning, probably it does.more
All over Alentejo region, and also in Aviz, you will find orange trees in the streets and backyards. The orange trees are lined on the streets, and they give such a typical ambiance to these little white villages. It is very nice to see them in the season with the oranges, but when trees are blooming the streets also become very beautiful and with...more
This is a traditinal old game that I don't even know how to play. What I do know about it is that usually its only old people that insist on playing it although in many places in Portugal, many youngters already start to enjoy the game and taking it as a good way of passing a afternoon with some friend's company.more
Alentejo has a lots of barrages like this one here on the bottom of the hill where the town stands. As you can imagine water compounds can be very tricky and you can get stucked inside and die. Every year and unfortunally, some kids die when go swiming with vigilance.
This little old friend here made me stay with him at least 10 minutes petting him. Well if you have nothing else to so its ok but if you do have other things to go or you need to travel again, this dog will take you time. :o)
Near the village there's a dam called Maranhão (the sign reads Barragem do Maranhão, Barragem is the Portuguese word for dam). It's a nice place to visit, it's green, very quiet and in summer it's fresh while everywhere else it's so hot. There are 2 places to visit in the dam: the belvedere (the one pictured on my photo) and also a nice open air...more
This is the place right close to the bank of the water compound of the Maranhao barrage.As you can see this is almost perfect for the sheeps to grow. Relaxed and enough space to be free. This place of the Maranhao barrge is a nice place to come in the summer and enjoy the nature.more
This is a traditinal old game that I don't even know how to play. What I do know about it is that usually its only old people that insist on playing it although in many places in Portugal, many youngters already start to enjoy the game and taking it as a good way of passing a afternoon with some friend's company.
Equipment: iron balls.
Aviz is located in the district of Portalegre, in a larger region called Alentejo.It is about 180km distant from Lisbon and situated in the interior of mainland Portugal. Aviz is about 60km distant from Portalegre, the capital of the district, and about 65km away from Évora, the capital city of the adjoining district and also “part” of the...more
This village, standing on the top of a hill and surrounded by plains, was choosen to be the headquarter of the Aviz Order. This occured during one of the most prosperous dinasties which lead Portugal to the splendour of glory and wealthy. The first king of the second dinasty, called Aviz' Dinasty, was D. João I, the master of this order.The convent...more