The municipality of Alcoutim, in Algarve, occupies the portuguese bank of the Guadiana river and there we can find a unique architecture, traditional flavors, amazing landscapes and handmade knowledge.
A little more than 30 kilometers from the coast, you get to know a different and genuine Algarve, with people who insist on receiving visitors with remarkable courtesy, and sharing with them the legends of the enchanted Moors, but also the flavours of the river and the countryside.
Without a stain, with its own and divergent time of the hasty clock, which allows to appreciate the most valuable pleasures of life, Alcoutim saw greeks, phoenicians, celtiberos, romans, byzantines, álanos, visigodes, arabs, castilians sailing in the Guadiana river.
Also generations of portuguese from Alcouitm, and andaluces from San Lucar del Guadiana, men and women, people “of riba cima”, who knows that Rio is always close by and will always be friends.
The discovery of Alcoutim offers unique landscapes that contrast with the unique Algarve coastline for its beaches. By the marginal that lines the Guadiana River the road is winding between curves and curves and the village emerges as a nativity scene, houses with white walls and a charming quiet. On the Spanish bank (Andalusia region) of the Guadiana River lies San Lucar del Guadiana, with similar characteristics.
There is a very close connection between the two Guadiana river banks, by family ties created over the centuries and at a professional level. River fishing, agriculture, pastoralist and now a days, nature tourism and walking routes, are part of the daily life of the two villages.
Alcoutim is a village with history, which is tasted by its castle and its numerous archaeological remains. The village of the Northeast Algarve proves that the region also offers equally stunning landscapes in the interior.
One can even take a dip in the river beach of Pego Fundo, situated in the watercourse of Cadavais, near 500 meters from the center of the village of Alcoutim, which is a golden sand beach quite well equipped with a wide range of infrastructure and services.
Alcoutim is 37 km from Vila Real de Santo António, at the mouth of the Guadiana River and 38 km from Mértola, also near the Guadiana River a beautiful village of Arab layout, in Alentejo.