It was another lovely day and we decided to take a day trip from Flor da Rosa, visiting Avis, Alter Pedrosa and Alter do Chao. The countryside was pretty, with lots and lots of trees everywhere, like this little road lined with cork oaks.
Have popped into Avis more than once but last had a comprehensive visit in 2015 and the town has certainly been improved since then. (See post below)
In the 13th century the town was retaken from the Moors. John of Avis then established The Military Order of the Knights of St Benedict of Avis, a branch of the Monastery of Evora. The castle was built between 1214-23 and some of the walls, with gateways like the impressive Town Gateway, and other gateways, can still be found. The castle dates from the Middle Ages and originally had six towers; only three remain.
Walking around Avis
It was a warm day and we wandered around the line of the walls – our pace could hardly be described as ‘walking’! It was a national holiday and so everything was closed, apart from the Tourist Office and the nice lady there recommended we visit the Nautical Club of Avis.
There are lots of fascinating corners in the town.
Nautical Club of Avis
The Nautical Club of Avis is on the edge of the Maranhao Dam and about fifteen minutes outside the town. We found it quite easily and settled down on the terrace above (which you can’t see!) to some light refreshments. There is also a camp site here and I imagine it is a good place to visit.
We have travelled this road before, and found the same stork’s nest! The roads here are pretty, but very narrow and not suitable for quick travel between one place and the next – but then we weren’t in a hurry.
Alter Pedrosa is another Mediaeval castle, now abandoned, but with wonderful views over the Alentejo.
Alter do Chao
And then I wanted to see the gardens in Alter do Chao because I thought they had been renovated, but they are disappointing. However, the church was open and starting to prepare for the Easter Week.
And that was the end of the day trip from Flor da Rosa and our last day in Portugal.