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Posted by portugalpress on February 28, 2018
Olhanense fans enjoy a tour of the medronho museum before the game at Moura

Tired of the same old museum, castle, church or winery? How about visiting a museum dedicated to the distillation process of firewater (medronho) and also having a taste?

The Museu do Medronho in Alqueva (Alentejo) opened some three years ago. It details the process of how the strawberry fruit tree, an arbutus native that also grows wild in the Algarve, is cultivated to produce the fruit used in the production of firewater or ‘aguardente’.

The museum is built on a large plantation with an active distillery, museum and shop.

The exhibit explains, in Portuguese, Spanish and English, where this plant naturally grows and how the fruit is harvested by hand for the processes of fermentation and distillation. Close by is the Alqueva dam on the River Guadiana, on the border of the districts of Beja and Évora. The dam was completed in 2002 and its reservoir reached capacity for the first time in 2010, although well below that level at the moment.

The 518.4-megawatt power station was finally completed five years ago. The Alqueva dam is one of the largest dams and artificial lakes (250 square kilometres) in western Europe.