In 1501, the IV Duke of Bragança, D. Jaime, ordered the start of the construction of the magnificent building that today dominates Terreiro do Paço, and which would be the family's residence until 1910 (from 1640, already as Kings). Its imposing facade of 110 meters dominates the entire square. Inside, there are countless treasures to discover. Art and History lovers will find a true haven here.
- Ducal Palace
- Blue and White porcelain
Vila Viçosa Castle
Built by King D. Dinis in the last decade of the 13th century, it is a remarkable monument, bringing together several phases of construction: medieval, renaissance and 17th century.
The artillery fortress, built in the 16th century, was instrumental in defending Vila Viçosa from the Castilian siege during the Restoration War (17th century).
Within its walls, a visit to the Hunting and Archeology Museums and the Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Conceição is recommended.
Raquel de Castro Marble Museum
Inaugurated in 2000, still in the old train station of the town, the Marble Museum of Vila Viçosa is now next to Pedreira da Gradinha (exit for Borba).
Explored for 2000 years, the Marble Quarries in the Vila Viçosa, Borba and Estremoz region are distinguished by the superior quality of this Ornamental Stone, which is exported all over the world.
Marmol (White Stone or Quality Stone), as the Romans called it.
White, Pink, Cream. Imagined and created by Mother Nature 500 million years ago, Marble is an element of refinement found, for example, on the façade of the remarkable Paço Ducal in Vila Viçosa.
Church of S. Bartolomeu
Located in the heart of the village, it is also known as the Colégio Church, as it was built to house the Jesuit College (17th century). It has an imposing marble facade, being “a classic example of Baroque architecture.”
Recall that Vila Viçosa had seven convents. This church belonged to one of them.
Museum of Hunting and Archeology
Both can be visited in the castle's artillery fortress, with a single ticket. The Hunting Museum has a “very rich collection of hunting species” as well as around 200 examples of gentile weapons.
The Archeology Museum has been open since 1999. The nucleus dedicated to the Roman presence in this territory stands out for the amount of exhibits, especially ceramics.
Adega João Portugal Ramos
Designed respecting the lines of traditional Alentejo architecture, Adega Vila Santa placed Estremoz on the route of great wines, welcoming travelers from all over the world. The pretext is to get to know the work of João Portugal Ramos and, along the way, you also discover the reasons for his passion for the Alentejo. A walk with friends or family is an excellent excuse, and offers the ideal time and tranquility to taste your wines here.
Vila Santa opens its doors for you to discover tasting and taking home wines, which are the perfect memory of this land where the culture and tradition of Alentejo flavors accompany in total harmony the character of our wines, providing a unique and unforgettable experience. In the guided tour of the Winery, with personalized accompaniment, the entire process necessary for the guaranteed quality in the production of our wines is explained, passing through the winery and cellars, bottling line, outdoor space and vineyard.
Adega de Borba
Founded in 1955, Adega de Borba brings together around 300 associated winegrowers who cultivate around 2,000 hectares of vines. It was the first of a series of wineries set up in the Alentejo, with the encouragement of the then Junta Nacional do Vinho, at a time when the sector did not have the leading role it has today in the regional economy. The Borba brand is today one of the most consistent in the national wine market.
Bicycle and pedestrian tours
Cycling we get to know the region...
Bicycles. Sport. Fun. A perfect way to discover a territory. At the Alentejo Marmòris Hotel & Spa***** we offer options for the most diverse tastes: several routes to do "in the countryside" or options for cycling, on a tarmac road, to the neighboring cities: Borba, Alandroal, Estremoz, Redondo…
One of the main suggestions: we cycled between marble quarries. Some continue to be exploited and add wealth to the territory; others have been transformed into wonderful artificial lakes. Shall we discover the “Blue” lagoon? On the way we will still find the rich and interesting landscape of the cork oak forest. In the final stage of the route, with luck, we will see a herd of magnificent horses.
Balloon ride: another perspective
Seen from above, the territory takes on an extraordinary dimension. Dare yourself. Experience a hot air balloon ride. At the end, we offer a diploma and toast with sparkling wine.
Up there… there are endless plains… Do we go up?
Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Conceição
March 25, 1646. Nossa Senhora da Conceição is proclaimed Patroness of Portugal by King João IV. Currently, thousands of pilgrims visit the Solar da Padroeira every year, with December 8 being the most solemn date. The origin of this temple, located inside the castle of Vila Viçosa, is medieval, having been renovated in the 16th century. Pope John Paul II was here on pilgrimage in 1982.
Walkways of Serra d'Ossa
Come and discover the hiking trail closest to you.
15 km from Vila Viçosa, is located Serra D'Ossa, one of the most preserved and cared for mountains in the country.
The Walkways were created and inaugurated by the Redondo City Council, whose objective was to promote the natural and scenic beauty of the Alentejo mountains.
Made of wood, with about 1km and 700 meters in length, here you can find the fauna and flora of the Alentejo.
Ideal for taking walks with friends, family or even alone!