Have you ever heard of the Al-Mutamid tourist route? This is a delightful cultural and historical route linking Portugal to Spain. The route bears the same name as the former king and poet, erudite and music fan, who was born in Beja. This route has two connections: one that starts in Lisbon and ends in Seville and another that starts in Vila de Aljezur (which almost became an island during the Islamic period) and ends in Cortegana in Andalusia. On the route, the historical continuity and link between the regions of the Algarve, Alentejo and Andalusia becomes clear. In the olden days, this whole area was known as al-Andalus.

The area is very culturally rich and the route features some incredible infrastructure for travellers: signs, signposts, information points, route guides, maps and brochures – in Portuguese and Spanish. For more information click here and download the brochures. 😉

Full of tradition and heritage, this route is the only one of the Andalusian legacy routes that extends to Portugal. Tavira is one of the cities on this exciting route. It has a rich history and is a pleasant city for tourists to visit. Alongside being able to enjoy an excellent 11 kilometre-long beach with crystalline waters and white sand, in Tavira you’ll find the Municipal Museum (which is located in the Palácio da Galeria), the Church of Santa Maria do Castelo and also a Moorish castle that still features its seventh-century BC walls.

In addition to Tavira, the Al-Mutamid Route includes several cities in the Algarve. They are:

  • Loulé
  • Paderne
  • Albufeira
  • Silves
  • Sagres
  • Aljezur

With different landscapes, combining the coast with the interior of the Algarve, the captivating Al-Mutamid Route also features incredible natural areas and picturesque paths. There are several points of interest that we feel are deserving of a visit: the towers of the Alcaidaria at the Castle of Loulé, the Loulé Municipal Archaeological Museum, Arrifana Beach, Cortegana Castle and the Silves Municipal Archaeological Museum, among others.

Would you like to discover and travel the Al-Mutamid Route? If you live in the Algarve, Alentejo or Southern Spain, this is an unmissable and practically essential itinerary.

If you do not have the pleasure of living in the sunniest region in Portugal, you can fly to Faro and learn all about this enchanting region. Faro Airport can be reached via more than 70 European cities, just one direct flight away.