Nestling quietly on the banks of the River Mira, the sleepy town of Odemira is
situated 20 km inland from the picturesque Alentejo coast. It was granted an
official charter in 1256 by King Afonso III, and throughout the centuries was
inhabited by the Romans and the Moors, who built a castle in the centre of the
town they called Wadi Emir.
Besides the fountain in the main square, the main points of interest include the
churches of Salvador and Santa Maria.
Located at a high point on the edge of town, one of the Alentejo’s
best-preserved windmills stands as a working display of the traditional methods
used to process the region’s wheat and corn.
Odemira is also well-known for its pottery workshop, where visitors can witness
the skilful production of earthenware and other local handicrafts.
Odemira Nearby Locations
Besides being the source of the River Mira, the large Santa Clara dam nearby is
a popular water sports centre and summer bathing area. Visitors should also see
the Águas Natural Park, where the typical Alentejan landscape and regional-style
buildings can be appreciated.
Some of Portugal’s best beaches can be found a short drive west of Odemira, most
notably Zambujeira do Mar and Almograve further north.
Sudoeste Festival is one of the biggest summer music festivals in Portugal, this
popular event takes place in the fishing town of Zambujeira do Mar on the pretty
Alentejo coast. During the four days of the festival a whole host of national
and international bands take to the stage playing through the day and evening.
After hours, world-renowned DJs keep the party going well into the next morning.
Past performers have included some big names from the world of indie and rock
music including Oasis, Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Fatboy Slim,
Doves, Basement Jaxx, Dinossaur Jr and Black Uhuru. Famed for its great
line-ups, good weather and breathtaking coastline, this is a great environment
to see some of the best bands from around the world.
Odemira Map (Click Here)
Sudoeste Music Festival - August
800 296 296 - Support to Tourists
112 - SOS
283 320 900 - Town Hall
283 320 130 - Health Centre
283 320 800 - Fireman
283 300 010 - Pharmacy
283 322 171 - Police
283 322 340 - Taxi
Odemira Locations of Interest
All the Alentejo Coast
Zambujeira do Mar (Town)
Beach of Zambujeira do Mar
Beach of Almograve