Megalithic Monuments of Alcalar, Portimao, Portugal

The megalithic monuments of Alcalar are located near Portimão and about 5km from Mexilhoeira Grande, in the Algarve.
They were built 5000 years ago, during the Chalcolithic period, when an important pre-historic community arrived at the region and built a settlement protected by walls, trenches and ramparts. The necropolis includes about 18 megalithic burial tombs.
The site was discovered in the 19th century and has been studied since then. This didn't prevent construction close to the monuments and most of them are on private property. More recently, the monuments were classified as a national monument and two of them are accessible to the public. On the site, there is also an 18th-century oven.

Opening hours: 10 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 4.30 pm (6 pm in August);
Entrance fee: €2 or €4 together with the Museum in Portimão.
How to go: Leave highway A22 on exit 3, Mexilhoeira Grande/Odiáxere. GPS (37,197515º; -8,589364º). The museum is in Portimão, in Rua D. Carlos I.


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