Swept inland as if by a coastal breeze, Alcácer do Sal sits on the left bank of the swirling Sado River, a 30-minute drive from Comporta and beaches of the Tróia Peninsula, and an hour south from Lisbon. Casa Fortunato resides in a quiet street off the main market square but close to a clutch of local bars and restaurants.
Located in the northern part of the Alentejo region, Alcácer is one of the oldest port cities in Portugal, with a history that dates back 3,000 years when it was founded by the Phoenicians; and its position on the lifeblood river made it a valuable stop for goods heading into Europe during Roman rule, including ‘sal’ or salt produced locally. During the 8thcentury, a castle was built around the existing fortress by its Moorish inhabitants, forming ‘Al-Kassr’, which means castle in Arabic.
Today the town carries its rich culture alongside the day-to-day industry of this Portuguese town, where the ensemble of Roman, Islamic and Renaissance architecture in houses, churches and forts sits in harmony with markets and cafes where folk linger over a morning coffee. Authentic and slow-paced, where centuries-old craft such as embroidery and pinhoadas confectionary-