Things to do
Montemor-o-Novo is like a window into Portugal’s rural past. Vast monasteries and manor houses, Baroque churches and vivid frescoes all reveal the power that the religious orders once held. Explore the hilltop castle, or visit the Convent and Terrerio of St João de Deus for a taste of the town’s heritage.
Montemor-o-Novo is in the sparsely populated but beautiful Alentejo region, an area of southern Portugal covering a third of the country. Sample the region’s most exclusive wines and visit private cellar doors in some of Portugal’s best vineyards. This is a landscape dominated by the grape, producing some of wine world’s best-kept secrets.
As well as for its wine, Alentejo is known as Portugal’s ‘gastronomic soul’ and famed for fine dining. Regional specialities to sample include seafood Cataplana (made in a traditional copper cooking pot) and açorda (bread soup). From exclusive restaurants to traditional tascas, the food in Montemor-o-Novo is extraordinary.