Megalithic sites in Portugal – Cromlech de Almendres

It is perhaps surprising to those who regard Portugal as a golfer’s paradise, which of course it may well be, or a beach destination, to find that it has a rich collection of prehistoric sites. Do take time to seek out some of these sights rather than rush along one of the motorways. 

In 2017 we visited the Cromlech de Almendres in the countryside between Montemor-o-Novo and Evora. This is apparently one of the most important stone circles in Europe, dating from 6,000BC, and can be found down a dirt road and open to the public with no charge, but you will need either the co-ordinates on the Megalithic Portal or a large-scale map to find your way. It is thought the stones were used to track mid-summer and mid-winter.

Cromlech of Almendres

Cromlech of Almendres

Cromlech of Almendres

Cromlech of Almendres

Cromlech of Almendres

Further information
The Megalithic Portal
Celebrating the Solstice
The Almendres Cromlech