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The Romaria a Cavalo, or pilgrimage on horseback, takes place in Estremoz every year on 8th December, which is a national holiday in Portugal celebrating the Immaculate Conception.

A delight for any horse lover, the procession of riders and their animals leaves early in the morning from the main square in Estremoz en route to Vila Viçosa via Arcos and Borba, a trek of around 19 kilometres.

The latest in a great series of exhibitions at the Estremoz tourist office that showcases the work of local craftsmen and artists is: Gaiolas com Arte.

On display until 5th September, the exhibition consists of around 15 individually-styled bird boxes made from reclaimed pallet wood, with each one painted to represent a traditional Alentejo monte complete with its own unique name.

Local artist, João Carlos Travassos Pena, from San Bento do Cortiço, is exhibiting some of his more recent pieces of work at the Estremoz tourist office in the town’s main Rossio square.

Running from 3 July to 1 August, the art exhibition Estremoz entitled ‘Horizontes Verticais’, or Vertical Horizons, showcases a series of the artist’s colourful oil-on-canvas paintings and is free to visit.

According to a report from CNN, those interested in stargazing in the Alentejo may be in for a treat this Christmas as the planets of Jupiter and Saturn will appear to be almost touching—something that hasn’t occurred since the year 1226!

The two planets, the largest in our solar system, will best be visible on the night of the winter solstice – December 21 – when they should look like a ‘double planet’, and the closer you live to the Equator the better you will see them.

As our first Christmas in Estremoz approaches, and because of Covid-19 it is under very strange circumstances, we are pleased to see that there will be some festive cellebrations still taking place.

One of these is the 14th Exhibition of Nativity Scenes (XIV Exposição de Presépios de Estremoz) that showcases works by local artisans and is open to the public at Galeria D. Dinis from December 5 2020.

On Sunday June 7th Estremoz and the whole of Portugal witnessed one of the most anticipated moments of the year—the presentation of the winner of ‘Got Talent Portugal’ 2020, and to say that Estremoz was probably the proudest town in Portugal is an understatement. Two young men from our town won the main prize and proved that Estremoz is not only rich in natural beauty and vineyards, but also in talented people.