01 May 2018

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Welcome to
Monte dos Carotos!

IMonte dos Carotos is a charming homestead set in the peaceful Alentejan countryside approximately 3 km from the historic town of Santiago do Cacem and 12 km from the serene beaches of the Costa Vincentina National park. The name Monte dos Carotos is derived from the old name Monte dos Casotos which means little houses. The property was once a lime stone mining site. Extracted stones were placed in ovens on site for thermal decomposition, a process called lime burning. Extraction sites can still be seen when going for a stroll on the property.

Our guests can come to rest, enjoying the sun and amazing surroundings while lounging by the swimming pool and strolling through the magnificent cork oak countryside. While soaking up the sun rays around the pool, one can watch the daily doings of the hostesses horses. The four strong herd is made up of two Lusitano crossbreeds, one pure Lusitano with blue eyes and his friend the Shetland pony. The horses roam around on a completely fenced five hectare property. Existing stable facilities are mainly used in winter when the horses are stabled at night.

In harmony with nature

If you are interested in trying a new experience or if you want to refresh old memories, book for a riding experience! The horses are trained for beginner riders, children as well as adults. Hostess Sylvie gives riding lessons in the evening and on her days off and will gladly inform you on time availability.


For romantic couples we can arrange a special sun downer around the pool deck… For the younger guests Monte dos Carotos means getting in touch with nature, fresh air and plenty of plants and animals to observe. Bicycles and go-cart are available to use on the homestead driveway. For the creative ones we provide paper and colouring pens!

Enjoy your Stay

Guests are most welcome to grill their own meal any time of the day at the dedicated BBQ area. Large dining tables are available under a covered patio, overlooking the cork oak forest leading up to the Castle of Santiago do Cacem which beautifully lights up in the evening sky.


The Palmeira room has an inbuilt kitchenette with two hot plates and a fridge, a good option for those who want to stay a little longer. However if you feel like eating a home cooked meal the closest “taska” is a ten minute walk away. Let your hostess confirm the daily menu and reserve a table for you as you stroll amongst the cork oaks past the local black pig breeder up to the main road of Escatelares. Santiago do Cacem itself has numerous restaurants for those who opt for a fine dining experience.