Almod˘var: Travel and tourism

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The vast county of Almod˘var marks the transition between the plains of Alentejo and the Algarve, separated by the Serra do CaldeirŃo mountains.

Sparsely populated, the county is mainly agricultural and produces cork, goat's milk cheese, honey and the local aguardente de medronho, a spirit made from the fruit of wild strawberry tree.

The seat of the county, Almod˘var, is a characteristic Alentejo town with a great 18th-century Mother Church exhibiting a sumptuous main altar and the equally rich Miserichord Church (18th century), with a gilded altarpiece and walls painted with decorative motifs.

The 17th-century Convent of Saint Francis, although much deteriorated and abandoned, has an interesting cloister.

Near Almod˘var, a number of archaeological sites have been discovered, such as the Megalithic findings at Monte do Guerreiro, Monte das Antas dos Mourišos, etc., and Roman remains at Castelinho and Monte do Castelejo, among others.

Local handicrafts include wool and patchwork quilts, works in wood and cork, basketry and leather cartridge-belts, as hunting is a popular hobby in the region.

This is reflected in the local gastronomy, which includes specialities such as ašorda de perdiz (partridge with mashed bread) and a soup of hare, but there are also other typical Alentejo dishes, such as ensopado de borrego (a rich stew of young lamb with bread).
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