Cromeleque da Portela de Mogos

Cromlech - Neolithic, Neolithic e Bronze Age (612)
The Portela de Mogos cromlech is located at the top of a small elevation, 400m high, about 1km away from the Vale Maria do Meio cromlech (CNS 10546) and 12km northwest of Évora, in a landscape with an expressive presence of megalithic monuments. This enclosure presents an irregular oval shape, composed of two concentric menhir circles, with 12,5 and 5m of diameter respectively, facing west. The 40 menhirs composing this enclosure were cut in local granodiorites, present mostly ovoid shapes and an average length of about 1.74m. A set of 11 menhirs were decorated with different motifs, namely cups, crosiers, incised lines, zigzags, circular forms and anthropomorphic representations, with strong similarities to the motifs identified in the Almendres chromlech. The architectural characteristics of the site, the decoration of the menhirs and the collected artefacts, raise the hypothesis of its construction and use happening during the Middle Neolithic, being reused throughout the Chalcolithic and Bronze Age.


This monument is integrated in the route " Évora Megalítica".

Visit conditions

Free entrance




How to get there? Best practices

Best practices

Good practices when visiting archaeological sites

To visit an archaeological site is to connect with our origins, to understand our path and evolution as a species integrated in the environment, and to respect and safeguard our heritage so that future generations can also visit and enjoy it.

Walking the paths and enjoying the structures and archaeological pieces that survived over time, fosters the understanding of what is different, but also of what is common among different populations: basically, what identifies us as Homo Sapiens.

More than just vestiges and ruins of the past, archaeological sites showcase our capacity for creative thought, adaptation, interconnection, comprehension and resilience. Without these traits we would not have been successful as cultural beings participating in an ongoing evolutionary process. These sites also allow to consider choices made in the past thus contributing for decisions in the present to be made with greater awareness and knowledge.

Archaeological sites are unique and irreplaceable. These sites are fragile resources vulnerable to changes driven by human development. The information they keep, if destroyed, can never be recovered again.

As such, the Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage (DGPC) invites all visitors to enjoy the beauty and authenticity of these sites, while helping to preserve them for future generations by adopting the following set of good practices:

  • Respect all signs; 
  • Do not try to access fenced areas; 
  • Do not climb, sit or walk on archaeological structures and remains; 
  • Respect areas where archaeological excavations are being carried out, not disturbing them; 
  • Do not collect materials or sediments;
  • Do not write or make graffiti on archaeological structures; 
  • Put the garbage in appropriate containers. If none exist, take the garbage with you until you find a suitable container; 
  • Leave the archaeological site as you found it; 
  • Do not drive bicycles or motor vehicles over archaeological sites; 
  • Respect and protect the plants and animals that live in the areas surrounding archaeological sites;
  • Report signs of vandalism or destruction to DGPC or Regional Directorates of Culture (DRC);
  • Share the visiting experience and the archaeological sites, as a way of raising awareness to their preservation and making them better known;
  • Do not buy archaeological materials and report to public security authorities, DGPC or DRC, if you suspect that archaeological materials may be for sale.

Further information:

AIA / ATTA (2013) – Guide to best practices for archaeological tourism. 

Raposo, J. (2016) – Código de conduta para uma visita responsável a sítios arqueológicos. In Sítios arqueológicos portugueses revisitados: 500 arqueossítios ou conjuntos em condições de fruição pública responsável. Al-madan, 2ª série, p. 20 – 77. 

DGPC contacts

Phone: +351213614200 | Email:


3 Voted for this site