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Alter do Chão is a peaceful small village in the heart of the vast Alentejo region, with quite ancient origins, where peace of mind is present at every corner.

Supposedly, Alter do Chão was a Roman settlement named “Abelterium”, founded over another previous settlement from the Iron Age. “Albeterium” would have been crossed by one of the three main Roman roads that linked Lisboa to Mérida. From this roman period of occupation there are several vestiges in the region, the most important ones are the Ruins of the Thermal complex just by the entrance of Alter do Chão.

Alter has an elegant and charming heritage, in between the lovely small white houses with coloured bands with one or two floors, along with the opulent manor houses from the 17th and 18th century like the Álamo Palace and Gardens where nowadays functions the Tourist Office, an art gallery and a library, or even the Nobre da Barreira House.

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