Aviz Travel Guide

  • Aviz
    by micas_pt
  • Aviz
    by micas_pt
  • aviz portugal alentejo
    aviz portugal alentejo
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Aviz Things to Do

  • Tower of São Roque

    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...

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  • Parish Church

    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...

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  • Pelourinho

    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...

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  • Convent’s Church

    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...

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  • The castle walls'

    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...

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  • The garden

    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.

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  • A walk through the village

    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...

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  • The village door

    This door is called Arco do Anjo (Angel's Arch) and dates back to the 16th century. When you "enter" this door you will see the convent on your right side.

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  • Igreja MAtriz de Aviz

    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.

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  • Castle Tower

    Castle tower in Miguel Bombarda Square. Due to the strategic point of staying on top of a hill, Aviz along with some towers spread around the town, was a very important point of vigilance on the area.

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  • Igreja do Convento de S. Bento de Aviz

    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...

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  • View of town from the barrage

    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.

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Aviz Nightlife

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    by micas_pt Updated Apr 14, 2004

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    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.

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Aviz Local Customs

  • White houses with yellow or blue stripes

    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.

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  • Orange trees

    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...

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  • Playing "malha"

    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.

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Aviz Warnings and Dangers

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    by johnsakura Written Jan 19, 2004

    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.

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Aviz Tourist Traps

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    by johnsakura Written Jan 19, 2004

    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)

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Aviz Off The Beaten Path

  • The dam

    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...

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  • Fields in the area

    You can go for a walk outside the city and you'll be able to enjoy the various different crops existing in the area.

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  • Herd of sheeps near Maranhao

    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.

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Aviz Sports & Outdoors

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    by johnsakura Written Jan 19, 2004

    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.

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  • Location

    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...

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  • The Order of Aviz

    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...

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  • House with statues

    This house is quite strange for the town. It has a very strange garden with decorated with statues that I think might be from the 18th century.This house is located on the hill side contrary of the barrage. In front of the house exists a garden.

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