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Neolithic and Calcolithic Graves and Settlements at Alcalar

Just to the East of the entrance to Hotel Le Meridien, Penina Golf Course, on the EN 125, there is a turning north to Torre and Alcalar. Here there is an Archaelogical signpost pointer to Alcalar.

Some six to seven kilometers up this road is the village of Alcalar. After the café, at a minor crossroads, turn right to arrive at the new reception area, opened October, 2000.

Maps and brochures of Alcalar, and other Algarve sites, can be bought at the reception, together with other mementos.

There is a photographic exhibition of the excavations.

One of the earliest descriptions of this site was by Estácio de Viega, the famous Portuguese archaeologist of the 19th century. This part of the inland hills of the Algarve, from the north of the River Alvor to the Monchique foothills, is full of evidence of tombs and habitations of the third millennium B.C..

Further Notes
At Monte Canelas the rock was anciently excavated for a collective grave site.

The finds from the excavations of this area are on display in Portimão "Sardine"  Museum. 

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