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Discovering soup & a castle in Alandroal!

Nestled in the heart of the Alentejo region, Alandroal is a pretty town steeped in history that dates back centuries. We visited purely by chance, as we were on our way back from a destination further North. We decided to enjoy an extra night in a place we had never been, and choosing Alandroal turned out to be a fantastic decision!

Alandroal Castle stands as a testament to the town's medieval past, and was built in the 13th century during the reign of King Dinis. The town was strategically positioned to protect the border with Spain and played a significant role in the region's history during periods of conflict. Today, its well-preserved walls feel steeped in history, and the best thing is that you are likely to be the only ones there!

While the castle is a feast for the eyes, Alandroal's culinary scene offers a feast for the palate. As you explore local restaurants, be sure to indulge in a unique regional delicacy - sopa de tomato á Alentejana - a delicious soup with tomato, bread and egg.

It is not only a true Alentejo classic but also a satisfying dish. Do not underestimate how hearty the soup is - we shared it as a starter, and we were glad we did as we could never have finished it by ourselves!

Alandroal is a great place to stop over - we loved the relaxed feel of the place, and we found a fantastic little hotel for the night which has the usual quirky cool style found in many newly renovated small hotels all over Portugal. If you're in the area, give it a try - the soup was a definite highlight!

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