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This Caminho is for pilgrims on foot,by bicycle,on horseback,by motorcycle or by car.

Bom Caminho!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

*2nd and 3rd Stage, up to Foz de Odeleite, and next up to Alcoutim

***ROUTE Stage 02, (VRSA 4km to Castro Marim) 2km to Monte Francisco(Residencial-Rest. "Sabores da Beira"), 3km to Junqueira(Taberna), 4km to Azinhal(Busstop), 6km uphill N-122 to crossing and 6km right direction Alcaria, Foz de Odeleite(Rest."Arcos do Guadiana") and if necessary 3km more direction Álamo("Paisagem do Guadiana"T.R.), tot. 24km - from VRSA 28km.(2009/2010 and Paisagem 2016, tel.00351 962 057 524). --------------------------------------------------------------- ***2019, Internet-guiding mixed European Group, 6 pax starting from Tavira on 22.01.2019 on foot to Santiago in 34 days, 952,5 km. / 6-pack. // *Stage 02-2010: -Leaving Castro Marim by N122 direction Monte Francisco / Alcoutim. -Castro Marim / Monte Francisco / Junqueira / Azinhal / Alcaria / Foz de Odeleite / Álamo: T.R.-Paisagem do Guadiana, tel. 00351 962 057 524 / --------------------------------------------------------------- From Teresa(Residencial-Rest. "Sabores da Beira" Monte Francisco, by Junqueira, Azinhal, Alcaria, Foz de Odeleite to Álamo, and maybe to Alcoutim (Auberge de Jeunesse/Pousada de Juventude, tel. 00351 281 546 004). --------------------------------------------------------------- *ROUTE Stage 03-2010: -Leaving Álamo to Guerreiros do Rio by EM507 passing by Laranjeiras to Alcoutim's Youth Hostel. If you sleep tonight in Alamo, Paisagem do Guadiana, it is about 15 km to Pousada de Juventude in Alcoutim, Sr. Vitor, tel. 00351 281 546 004, 10% discount with Valid Credencial. -Carimbos in Alcoutim: Igreja Sao Salvador, tel. 00351 281 498 421, if open, Posto Turismo, tel. 00351 281 546 179, Bilioteca Municipal, Sra. Arends,"Casa dos Condes" or Pousada de Juventude at Reception, registering with Valid Credencial, 10% discount for Pilgrims on the Caminho! --------------------------------------------------------------- Next Stage to Mértola about 36-37kms, from Pousada left until first Crossing, right uphill EM 507 by Cortes Pereira and Afonso Vicente until N122 right direction Mértola passing Santa Marta, about 12km. Following N122 crossing bridge Rib. do Vascao entering Alentejo Province, in Sedas, right Escola Primaria dedicated to Caminhos de Santiago, uphill by the school keep left after the well, and back left to N122, right on N122 direction Mértola, stay on left side of the road, because of traffic!, prudence s.v.p. From Espirito Santo, coffee, sandwiches (Casa Verde?), about 12km until first Bridge in Mértola, where you can ask shelter for the night at the Bombeiros, tel. 00351 286 610 010, Donativo please do not forget! Carimbo Turismo Mértola, 00351 286 610 109, Pilgrimsmenu with Valid Credencial at Rest. Boa Viagem / / maybe also Breakfast next day! -------------------------------------------------------------- Next Stage from Mértola uphill for about 5km by N265 after Bridge over Guadiana River direction Mina de S. Domingos, Pensao Restaurante Sao Domingos, 10% discount for Pilgrims with valid Credencial, / tel. 00351 286 647 187. Distance stage Mértola - Mina de S. Domingos about 17,6 km. --------------------------------------------------------------
Alcoutim was reconquered during the reign of King Sancho II in 1240. The town of Alcoutim was not repopulated until the reign of King Dinis, who granted it a charter in 1304 and granted it to the Military Order of Sant'Iago (Saint James). Beautiful Castle including Museum. ALCOUTIM: Foi conquistada pelos cristaos no reinado de D. Sancho II, em 1240, sendo, entao, construido o castelo. Aqui se assinou a paz de 31 de Marco de 1371 com Castela, mas, em breve D. Fernando voltaria à guerra com o reino vizinho. Obras recentes desobstruíram a porta nascente, com vista para a vila e para o Rio Guadiana. A porta norte mantém, aproximada- mente, as características primitivas. Um baluarte do século XVII, em vez de ter artilharia, tem flores, constituindo um jardim em socalcos. Um museu etnografico foi, também, instalado no recinto fortificado, sobre as gentes e os habitos da terra. Daqui se contempla soberbo panorama sobre o rio, com a povoacao andaluza de San Lucar, igualmente fortificada, na outra margen.


  1. For Pilgrims with Credecial 10% Discount at the Pousada de Juventude, 00351 281 546 004 Sr. Vitor.
    Carimbos in Salvador Church, if open,Tourist Office and
    Pousada de Juventude. Bars, Restaurants and Shops.
    Pilgrimsmenu at Rest,O Soeiro beside Salvador Church.

  2. In the time of the Roman occupation a number of mines were established. The ores dug from them were melted locally, then shipped down the Guadiana River to the Mediterranian and from there to the four corners of the Roman Empire. Alcoutim´s origins are presumably linked to the fact that it is situated at the place where the Guadiana River becomes tidal.Turismo Alcoutim 00351 281 546 179, GNR Alcoutim 00351 281 546 208.

  3. Conquered during the reign of King Sancho II, in 1240, the town of Alcoutim was not repopulated until that of King Dinis, who granted it a charter in 1304 and, in view of its strategic position in relation to the neighbouring kingdom of Castile, granted it to the Military Order of Sant´Iago (St. James). At the time of the wars between Portugal and Castile in the 14th Century, a peace treaty between Kings Fernando I and Henrique was signed in the middle of Guadiana River opposite of Alcoutim. Pilgrimsmenu with Credencial for Eu. 8 in Laranjeiras, Cantarinha do Guadiana 00351 281 547 196, Bombeiros Alcoutim 00351 281 540 450.

  4. Alcoutim. Among the least travelled routes in Algarve is the peaceful road along the Rio Guadiana, second Stage of Caminho do Este de Portugal desde Tavira. It is a soothing meander through golden, furze-covered hills dotted with cork trees, olive and fig trees (N122). Alcoutim is the northernmost Algarve town,
    and here it often seems as if time has stood still. Sunning dogs in the only sqaures in villages along Gaudiana River have priority, so you will have to park around them.
    Breaks during the second stage in Monte Francisco at Teresa´s Rest."sabores da Beira", Taberna do Gil e Graca in Junqueira, Taberna Anastacio on the right side square Azinhal, Café Albertos in Alcaria (Pilgrims-menu), and in Foz de Odeleite at Rest. Arcos do Guadiana, dinner and shelter for the Night, 00351 965 036 540, or stay over in Guerreiros do Rio River Hotel, 00351 281 540 170,, ask for Pilgrimsrates with Credencial.

  5. Alcoutim, historical centre. Although it has lost the ramparts that for centuries surrounded it, and despite some modern additions, Alcoutim's steep and narrow streets retain much of the calm atmosphere typical of an Algarvean hill town.
    A few minutes' walk is enough to discover simple single-storey houses hundreds of years old and the tall white walls of the Misericórdia (Mercy) Church. To finish off, stroll down to the simple hermitage of Santo António (St. Anthony), the former residence of the Counts of Alcoutim.
    Afterwards, enjoy a moment's rest in the company of a cool drink on an esplanade by the water's edge, and take in the sight of fishing boats returning with their catch, sailing yachts achored in the little marina, and the Spanish town of Sanlúcar de Guadiana on the opposite shore of Guadiana River.
    Câmara Municipal Alcoutim 00351 281 540 500, Casa de Pasto "A Cantarinha do Guadiana", Laranjeiras, Pilgrimsmenu with Credencial
    8€, 00351 281 547 196, Quiosque Luar do Rio Bar Alcoutim, 00351 281 546 527, Pousada de Juventude Alcoutim, 10% discount with Credencial, 00351 281
    546 004.

  6. Alcoutim, 3rd Stage Caminho do Este de Portugal desde Tavira, Foz de Odeleite - Guerreiros do Rio to Alcoutim. Following Guadiana River by Álamo, Guerreiros do Rio, Montinho das Laranjeiras to Alcoutim.
    The blue of the river framed by the cool green of riverside vegetation, of fertile orchards and vegetable
    gardens. The dark ochre of hills as round as rolled pebbles, flecked with colour by cistus plants, holm oaks and the occasional olive tree. Houses with walls of schist or baked mud white with the dazzle of lime, huddled together in hamlets lost among the hills. Such contrasts are to be found in Alcoutim and the surrounding municipality, where, even in mid-winter, thousands of almond trees burst into pale pink-white blossom. There are open spaces whose natural beauty remains unspoilt, where a multitude of wild flowers are to be found and a fascinating variety of bird species can be observed.
    Pousada de Juventude Alcoutim, 00351 281 546 004, Sr. Vitor (Carimbo), Turismo Alcoutim, 00351 281 546 179, GNR Alcoutim, 00351 281 546 208, Bombeiros Alcoutim, 00351 281 540 450, Câmara Municipal Alcoutim, 00351 281 546 500.

  7. Cataplana, this delicious regional dish is named after the tin or copper wok-type pan used to prepare the meal.
    There are several different varieties but basically a "Cataplana" is a mixed casserole, almost always containing "Amêijoas" (clams). Other ingredients can include lobster, prawns, fish, ham or spicy sausage.
    A "Cataplana" is normally served for two people, but can often be ordered for four, six or more people, best two or more days up front.
    Do not leave the Algarve without trying "Cataplana".
    Turismo Alcoutim, 00351 281 546 179, GNR Alcoutim, 00351 281 540 010, Restaurante O Soeiro Alcoutim, 00351 281 546 241, Pousada de Juventude Alcoutim, 00351 281 546 004, Iter Stellarum, A Grande Obra Dos Caminhos de Santiago. Bom Caminho.

  8. Baesuris History CuttingsDecember 10, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    Alcoutim, occupied by the Romans since the 2nd Century B.C.(Alcoutinium).
    Alcoutim is a remote border town in the north-east Algarve on the banks of Guadiana River, here the Frontier to Andalusia (Sanlúcar de Guadiana) Spain.
    The seclusion is what gives the village its charm; very few tourists come here during the week.
    Alcoutim was already a river port in Phoenician times, and it is presumed that the Celtiberians settled here too. In the 2nd Century BC the town became Roman and was called Alcoutinium.
    In AD 415 the Alans conquered Alcoutim, followed shortly afterwards by the Visigoths; the Arabs took over in the 8th Century.
    In 1240 the Portuguese under Sancho II conquered Alcoutim. In the early 14th Century Alcoutim was given to the knights of the Order of Santiago; in 1371 Portugal and Castile concluded the so-called Peace of Alcoutim here.
    Fernando I and Henrique II of Castile signed the peace treaty after a formal meeting at the river, which ended armed conflicts between the two countries temporarily.
    In the 17th Century Alcoutim was again the site of battles between Spain and Portugal after Portuguese noblemen revolted in 1640 and initiated the restoration of Portugal´s independence from Spain.
    In 1668 Spain recorgnized Portugal´s independence conclusively.
    Alcoutim experienced the last political conflicts at the time of the Liberal Wars in the 1830´s, when liberals and absolutist Miguelists fought each other on the Guadiana.
    Tourist Office Alcoutim, 00351 281 546 179, Bombeiros Alcoutim, 00351 281 540 450, GNR Alcoutim, 00351 281 546 208, Taberna Gil e Graca in Junqueira, for coffee in the morning, Rest. Os Arcos, Foz de Odeleite for Lunch, 00351 281 495 068, River Hotel Guerreiros do Rio(Pilgrimsrates), 00351 281 540 170.
    Bom Caminho.

  9. Baesuris Deutsch HistorischDecember 31, 2014 at 10:44 PM

    Das Flußdorf liegt ca. 35 km nördlich der Atlantik-Küste, trotzdem ist der Rio Guadiana an dieser Stelle noch ca. 200 m breit. Mit einer kleinen Fähre kann man sich übersetzen lassen zum Spanischen Dorf Sanlúcar de Guadiana.
    In Alcoutim wurde im Jahre 1371 der berühmte Friedensvertrag zwischen den Portugiesen und den Spaniern unterzeichnet, der allerdings kurze Zeit später von den Spaniern gebrochen wurde.
    Castelo. Innerhalb der gekonnt restaurierten Festungsmauern oberhalb des Ortes sind Ausgrabungen, die bis ins 13. Jh. reichen, durch eine moderne Stahlbetonüberdachung geschützt.
    Die meisten Grundsteine der Festungsanlagen entlang des Flusses wurden - wie auch hier - bereits von den Römern gesetzt.
    Überall kleine Kunsthandwerkläden in denen es Schnitzereien und bauerliche Handwerkskunst zu kaufen gibt.
    Besonders von den Schäfern werden die kleinen Hilfsmittelchen für den Alltag auch heute noch hergestellt: Aus Holzstückchen entstehen geschnitzte Tierfiguren für die Kinder und aus Bambusrohrstücken kleine Schnapstrinkgefäße für den Medronho.
    Fremdenverkehrsamt Alcoutim, Carimbo (Stempel für Credencial), 00351 281 546 179, Pousada de Juventude Alcoutim Sr. Vitor, 10% rabatt mit Credencial gleich Carimbo, 00351 281 546 004, Quiosque Luar do Rio Bar Alcoutim, 00351 281 546 527 Pilgerrabatt?, Rest. O Soeiro, neben Pfarrkirche Alcoutim, Pilgermenu 7,50€ mit Credencial, 00351 281 546 241, Feuerwehr Alcoutim, 00351 281 540 450, Polizei GNR Alcoutim, 00351 281 546 208.
    Iter Stellarum, Bom Caminho.

  10. Baesuris History CuttingsJanuary 28, 2015 at 11:26 PM

    Alcoutim, Castle and Main Church (Matriz).
    Because of its location Alcoutim had an important strategic function from early on.
    The present Castle goes back to a Moorish Fortification from the 11th Century, but there were probably larger fortified walls before.
    It is known that King Dinis I ordered the town to renovate the walls and the Castle in 1304.
    The Castle has not been used for military purposes since 1878.
    It had various functions afterwards, serving for a while as a slaughterhouse.
    In 1973 extensive archaeological excavations and restorations according to original plans were started.
    Today the visitor will find an "exhibition of archaeological findings" in the Castle; old foundations were exposed during the excavations and can be seen here.
    Igreja Matriz S. Salvador, 00351 281 498 421.
    The location of the parish church on the banks of Guadiana River is striking.
    In place of a simple church without aisles, a new building with nave and side aisles was constructed in early Renaissance style between 1538 and 1554, financed by the Order of Santiago.
    Only the attractive Renaissance doors have remained.
    Notice the capitals inside as well as the baptistery with a 16th Century low relief.
    Tourist Office Alcoutim (Carimbos), 00351 281 546 179, GNR-Police Alcoutim, 00351 281 546 208, Bombeiros Alcoutim, 00351 281 540 450, Pousada de Juventude Alcoutim, Sr. Vitor, 10% discount with Credencial and Carimbo, 00351 281 546 004.
    Iter Stellarum, Bom Caminho.