The Origins of S. Gregório

The earliest written records of the ancient village of S. Gregório date back to 1483. Situated on a hill with the Serra d'Ossa for backdrop, the location chosen for this settlement could not have been better. This once prosperous village was at its peak home to over forty people. The surrounding land is very fertile and is used today to grow vines

Both the village and surrounding land were once the property of a rich nobleman, D. Luís Galvão Coutinho Freire. Its privileged location was its downfall. Being so close to Estremoz, Borba and Vila Viçosa its inhabitants gradually moved to the cities, abandoning the village permanently in 1980's.

Mirroring the desertion crisis of the Alentejo, the village of S. Gregório suffered no changes to its original 15th Century architecture and layout. With the passing of time the streets were covered over by weeds and the walls and roofs of the building fell in. But, this did not change the original style of the village, making it a unique location of incalculable historic value.

Deserted and abandoned, the village was bought in 1998 with the sole aim of restoring it for an innovative form of tourism in Portugal, namely Village Tourism.