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Welcome to Alcacer do Sal

 Welcome to Alcacer do Sal - the city of Pousada


Alcacer do Sal is composed of Alcacer the Moorish "al qasr" meaning ‘the castle’, and do Sal (the sal) refers to the production of salt in this area. Situated in the South of Portugal, it is one of the ancient cities in Europe. It was founded by the Phoenicians and was a commercial colony for trade in the Mediterranean. Then, it was occupied by the Romans, the Moors and the Vikings. In 1217, the city was under the control of King Alfonso II. In the 16th century, during this period the slave trade played a

n important role in the town’s two largest industries which were the production of salt and rice. Today Portugal remains the largest producers and biggest consumers of rice per capita in Europe. The city is a good spot for watching birds of over 100 different species.  In Alcacer do Sal, there is a waterfront promenade which is surrounded by cafes and restaurants and a medieval quarter.




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You will find a lot of restaurants in Alcacer do Sal: Restaurante da Pousada D. Alonso II, Retiro Sadino, Restaurante Porto Sant 'Ana and Restaurante Amar o Sado are restaurants which serve you traditional and delicious Portuguese food.


There are small clothing shops like Boutique Balance and Nova Cubense. Also, there are musical instruments shop like Jose C. Marques Rodrigues, shoe shops like Sapataria Rosari Marques & Mata Lda, craft shops like Maria A. S. Carvalho Silva.


There are a lot of places of interest. Cultural places like castles (Keep, Avis and Évora Doors), museums (Regional Museum of Queen D. Leonor, Santo Amaro, Misericordia Church and Municipal Archaeological Museum) will reveal you the historical facts of Alcacer do Sal. Do you fancy fairs and markets? The Annual Spring Fair and São Lourenço and Santa Maria Fair will tell you more about the lifestyle of the people from Alcacer do Sal. The Pizões Roman village and S. Cucufate Roman centre are also interesting places to see.


Standard time zone: No UTC/ GMT


In Alcacer do Sal, summers are hot and dry with temperatures around 30C when winters are mild with temperatures around 14C. In springs and autumns, the weather is mild: temperatures vary between 18C to 23C.

Public transport

Alcacer do Sal has a train station and buses. So, you can travel easily and quickly with those public transports in the city and the prices are very cheap.


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