The town sits right on the banks of the River Sado and is overlooked by the Castelo Do Alcacer and an old convent.
Igreja de Santiago
Câmara Municipal de Alcácer do Sal
The Fire Station on Av. dos Aviadores Gago Coutinho e Sacadura Cabral
Igreja do Espírito Santo which is right next to the Castelo
Rua do Castelo leading down into the town
Antigo Convento de N. S. de Aracoelli.
The old convent is accessed from within the Pousada (hotel), and the hotel occupies the old fort or castle
Pousada Castelo Do Sal
The hotel is a sympathetic extension of the Castelo and Convent
The Hotel entrance
Looking in from the cool reception area
Looking back at the reception
About Alcacer do Sal
By the 16th century, the whole Sado Basin, where Alcácer do Sal is located, had experienced an important African immigration as a way to compensate for the demographic deficit that accompanied the Portuguese overseas expansion. Later, in the 18th century, a new wave of slaves was recruited to Alcácer do Sal to work the salt fields and cultivate rice, the two important economic activities in the region. A recent genetic study in 2010 found in Alcacer the highest frequencies (22%) of Sub-Saharan maternal lineages reported so far in Europe and, according to the authors, likely associated with the influx of African slaves between the 15th and 19th centuries.