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Over 8,000 years of history have shaped one of the most intriguing regions in Portugal: Alentejo. One of the best examples, the Cromeleque dos Almendres is a magnificent structure made of 95 monoliths displaying engravings which are geometrical or astral in character. Although many questions about these types of monuments remain unanswered, several of the prevailing theories around these monoliths with many millennia relate them to an astral cult. You can travel around the region and see hundreds of other monuments preceding 3,000 BC including: dolmens (passage graves), cromlechs (megalithic enclosures) and menhirs (standing stones).

If the megalithic era left the region populated with these puzzling stone structures, the Roman occupation (from the 2nd century BC to the 5th century) has resulted in a region with ...continue reading