As we arrived in Arraiolos, in the Alentejo area of Portugal, we saw the 14th century castle and the 16th century church resting majestically up on the hill overlooking the town.
Arraiolos is known worldwide for its gorgeous woolen carpets which are made in Moorish cross stitch designs. This industry has flourished in the town since the 17th century.
We wandered through town as happy tourists investigating this historic site. We watched as the women wove their beautiful carpet designs and chatted with each other.
We sat in the town square and sipped a cool drink and observed residents come and go. The restaurants were on every corner so dinner was no problem.
This tiny town was a delight with its carpet factories, many shops, restaurants, churches and museums. We investigated each attraction.
The buildings were painted white stucco with bright blue trim and Arraiolos resembled a picture book village.
Our stay at the Pousada da Nossa Senhora Assuncao was a memorable experience. This stunning 16th century pousada was formerly a convent. It afforded all of the modern conveniences while retaining the serenity and beauty of 16th century Portuguese architecture.
Our trip to Arraiolos was another fulfilling travel experience. There was so much to see and to learn about Portuguese history and architecture in this little gem of a town.