0.50km → Vicentes
To end of camino: 
570.90
Seehöhe: 
120

Mesquita is a small village that is being revitalised in part because of the camino. Its population was down to 16 before the beginning of a development project that includes a four-bed albergue, a restaurant and several refurbished homes available for short-term rental. Staying in Mesquita is a great way to experience life in a tiny village and to inject money into the local economy. 

The albergue can be booked on Booking.com but to help the village avoid paying fees, consider calling César on +351 964 879 133 and reserve directly with him (he speaks English)....

Wegbeschreibung: 

Leaving Mesquita, the camino follows a paved road for about 4km. A short-cut leaves the road and avoids the interesting village of Vicentes, while arrows continue on the road and pass through Vicentes, after which the two paths rejoin.

9.70km → Roncão do Meio
To end of camino: 
570.50
Seehöhe: 
160
0.90km → Roncão de Cima
To end of camino: 
560.80
Seehöhe: 
165
2.30km → Lombardos
To end of camino: 
559.80
Seehöhe: 
155
9.50km → Mértola
To end of camino: 
557.60
Seehöhe: 
125
Hinweis: 

There are several options for continuing after Lombardos and the situation can be a bit confusing, so check with César in Mesquita for the latest information.

Wegbeschreibung: 

There are several options for continuing after Lombardos and the situation can be a bit confusing, so check with César in Mesquita for the latest information. The arrows follow a long circular path that was marked before permission was granted to traverse private property that...

12.00km → Corte Gafo de Cima
To end of camino: 
548.10
Seehöhe: 
60

Mértola is a wonderful place containing vestiges of the late Roman, Visigothic, Muslim and Reconquest eras. The adjacent castle, church and archeological site form the main historical focus of the town and can be explored in an hour or two. Keep in mind that all three are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The castle was built as the headquarters for the Portuguese branch of the Order of Santiago in 1292, on top of earlier Muslim fortifications. The most impressive aspect of the castle is the 27m-high keep, which now contains a small museum.

In the altar of the church,...

Hinweis: 

There are no stores between Mértola and Cabeça Gorda, so stock up on provisions in Mértola.

To end of camino: 
536.00
Seehöhe: 
155
To end of camino: 
529.90
Seehöhe: 
155

Concealed in the village of Mosteiro is an unexpected gem: one of the oldest churches in Portugal. It dates from late Roman times after being converted from an earlier secular building to a family church. Apart from a modern ceiling, the core of the original interior remains.

To visit the church, call Dona Antónia the day before on +351 962 840 066. If she’s unable to be in the village when you arrive, she’ll leave the keys at the bar / reception centre for you to pick up. The reception centre can also arrange accommodation, but Amêndoeira da Serra, 3km further on...

14.50km → Vale de Russins
To end of camino: 
528.00
Seehöhe: 
155

This simple village has a Cultural and Recreation Centre that provides pilgrims with food and shelter. Call Dona Maria at the centre a day ahead on +351 286 998 247 to reserve accommodation, either in a private room or a dormitory. The centre is also a café/restaurant and Dona Maria will cook dinner for a reasonable price.

8.80km → Cabeça Gorda
To end of camino: 
513.50
Seehöhe: 
155

There is a tavern for drinks but no store despite the sign at the entrance to the village saying there is one. The tavern sells bread made in the village’s communal wood-fired oven but it may be a day or two old.

14.00km → Beja
To end of camino: 
504.70
Seehöhe: 
185

For accommodation, call Zé António in advance on +351 963 539 511. He rents an entire small apartment at Avenida Alonso Gomes, 43 in the northern part of the village. This lodging can also be arranged at the junta de freguesia in the centre of town if necessary.

12.60km → Carrascosinha
To end of camino: 
490.70
Seehöhe: 
280

Beja is one of the most attractive towns in the Alentejo and can be explored in an afternoon, especially after a short stage from Cabeça Gorda. The 13th-14th century castle with a keep that towers over Beja is the main tourism focus of the town. There’s also a Visigothic Museum inside the church of Santo Amaro, next to the castle, but opening hours are sporadic. The Regional Museum of Beja, housed in a beautiful former convent, also merits a visit.

 

 

19.90km → São Matias
To end of camino: 
490.40
Seehöhe: 
280
7.60km → Cuba
To end of camino: 
478.10
Seehöhe: 
165
18.40km → Vila Ruiva
To end of camino: 
470.40
Seehöhe: 
170

Cante Alentejano, a regional form of singing, is popular in Cuba but it is spontaneous and seeing a performance can’t be arranged in advance. For the best chance to hear this cultural art form, visit the town’s taverns in the evening.

Wegbeschreibung: 

About 2km outside Cuba, a left turn off the main road at the Toros de Núñez sign is possible, but arrows don’t point this way. This route goes through private property and several signs warn of the danger of ‘gado bravo’ (aggressive cattle). Alternatively, stay...

23.50km → Alvito
To end of camino: 
468.40
Seehöhe: 
170
7.20km → Água de Peixe
To end of camino: 
452.10
Seehöhe: 
235

For an unforgettable night in a 500-year-old castle that won’t break the bank, consider staying at the Pousada Castelo Alvito.

Wegbeschreibung: 

At a fork in the road shortly after leaving Alvito, the arrows point left. This is the most direct route but consider taking the right fork to go through Água de Peixe. This unusual village consists of little more than a 16th-century palace (no entry) with ruins of millstones...

To end of camino: 
444.90
Seehöhe: 
245

This guide is available as a mobile app for iOS and Android