|Flor da Rosa|
It all began in the 14th century, when D. Álvaro Gonçalves Pereira decided to transfer the Portuguese headquarters of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, today known as the Order of Malta, to near the town of Crato, founding the monastery of Santa Maria de Flôr da Rosa.
With time, houses were erected around the fortified monastery, and gave rise to the village. In 1834 the orders were abolished, but there remains a village with a poetic name, and a castellated palace, skilfully and tastefully restored as the Pousada, which still preserves a good part of the austere beauty that was created by the monk-knights.
In the small streets, where time passes slowly, it is still possible to see, as well as the ancient fountain and the small seventeenth century palace (rural tourism), the work and the art of those who mould clay with their hands. In this council area, as well as embroidery work, there are also artisans whose vocation is working in wood and in granite.
In a rustic or in a sophisticated environment, the gastronomy calls you to discover everything from sarapatel to tecolameco, the names of an alchemy of tastes which beg to be accompanied by the wines of Portalegre.
About one kilometre to the south, the town of Crato provides a complementary heritage to help you understand the strong impression left by the Order of Malta.
A dozen kilometres to the south is Alter do Chão, with its ancient stud farm. Around twenty kilometres to the east is situated the town of Portalegre, with its important collection of monuments, and the beginning of the Natural Park of Serra de S. Mamede.
HOW TO GET TO FLOR DA ROSA
Flor da Rosa - Crato: 2,5 Km
Flor da Rosa - Portalegre: 27 Km
Flor da Rosa - Santarém: 153 Km
- From Portalegre, take the N119 to Crato, from Crato, the N245 to Flor da Rosa.
- From Entrecampos Station in Lisbon, take the train to Crato. The journey takes approximmately three and a half hours.
- Handicrafts and Gastronomy Fair – Last weekend in August;
- Horse Fair (Alter do Chão) - June
Junta de Freguesia (parish office) of Flor da Rosa
Rua D. Nuno Álvares Pereira
7430-221 Flor da Rosa
T. +351 245 997 155
Câmara Municipal (municipal authority) of Crato
Praça do Município
T. +351 245 990 110 / 1
Fax +351 245 996 679
www.cm-crato.pt | firstname.lastname@example.org
Medical Centre of Crato
Bairro D. Maria Inocência Sá Nogueira
T. +351 245 990 090
Fax +351 245 997 113
Farmácia "da Misericórdia" (chemist's) in Crato
Bairro D. Efigénia Sá Nogueira
T. +351 245 996 159
Farmácia "Saramago Pais" (chemist's) in Crato
Rua 5 de Outubro, 26
T. +351 245 996 470
T. +351 245 790 200 (Mr. João Maria Garcia)
T. +351 245 996 375 (Táxis Antral de Crato)
T. +351 245 699 263 (Mr. João Almeida Paixão)