Opening its way through hills and valleys to the ocean,
the river Mira describes at a certain point a singular deviation. This
was the place chosen, thousands of years ago, by Roman and Arabic people
to settle down. From the waters, Odemira borrows its name and its importance
along the centuries.
To Odemira was conceded the oficial charter in 1256 by the king D. Afonso
III, which conscequently has contributed for the community's development.
The village has expanded along the mountain slopes with its beautiful
white houses ornamented with colourful flowers. In the village, the
Churches of Salvador and Santa Maria deserve a closer look, as well
as the fountain in the main square.
The place, which is called until today the castle, is the original core
of the village; there actually existed a castle built up during the
Islamic occupation. From the local Library the view to Odemira's environs
is magnificent: the cultivated valleys, the hills and mountains and
the winding course of the river Mira.
one of the highest places of the village, one of the preserved and working
windmills is the perfect dtage to observe the traditional mill of wheat
along river Mira's banks', it is a privilage to be near one of the less
poluted rivers in all Europe. The reduced population levels and the
absence of contaminating industries around this area of oustanding natural
beauty, are the reason for this rare delight. River Mira is navigable
in an extension of 35 kilometres; it is ideal for the practice of water
sports, for rowing or canoeing, or simply to enjoy a healthy and unforettable
sail along the river. It is amazing to observe an enormous variety of
habitats and cultures, the richness of fauna and flora, marshy area's,
and the presence of innumerable bird's species.
the centuries, long before the bridge had been built, the river crossing
had to be undertaken using a dinghy, called the "Barca". Of
extreme importance until the end of the nineteenth century, its traces
remain preserved, which means that important memories of this people's
history can be returned to them. Odemira is made of history and tradition,
as well as from festivities. Here the table reflects the richness of
the regional cuisine, the river fills it with imaginative suggestions.
Traditional craftwork continues to be practiced, and can be appeciated
by visitors in the local pottery workshop, where earthenware is skilfully
made. During September the village dresses up with traditional garments
to celebrate the Feast in Honour of "Nossa Senhora da Piedade"
and to receive its annual market.
On the village's surroundings, there is another obligatory visit to
the Parque Natural das Aguas, where a typical Alentejo's house can be