ALTER DO CHÃO: TRADITIONAL VILLAGE FAMOUS BY THE COUDELARIA ALTER REAL (STUD FARM).
Alter do Chão is limited to the north by Crato, to the southeat by Monforte, to the south by Fronteira, to the southwest by Avis and to the west by Ponte de Sor.
Alter do Chão presents a natural diversity that makes this municipality very interesting from environmental assets and nature conservation points of view. The nature and landscape diversity, associated with the cultural heritage and environmental quality, becomes an excellent drive for its visit.
Birdwatchers find in Alter do Chão the perfect place for spotting a series of birds, such as the great bustard, the calandra lark, the great crested grebe, the great cormorant, the mallard, the northern shoveler, and a handful of birds of prey, namely the milvus, the common buzzard and the booted eagle. An endless list of birds you may spot especially in winter and spring. It´s also the perfect place to walk or follow some of the Alentejo Feel Nature trails, along the Ribeira de Seda and amount the montado, where you can easily spot a horse Puro Lusitano, a portuguese breed preserved by Coudelaria de Alter (stud farm).
As for the flora, it is important to mention the richness and importance of the endogenous vegetation of the Alentejo plain, such as the cork oak, the holm oak and the olive tree. The asparagus, the Alter saffron, the purslane, the pennyroyal, the water spearmint and the golden thistle are abundant in the fields e wisely used in the local cuisine. Some of them are present in the menu of the Alter do Chão Genial Picnic.