The villages of Alcoutim and Sanlúcar de Guadiana are separated by the river Guadiana they hold defensive positions for the two countries from the turbulent past. Almost identical with their beautiful whitewashed houses. They are positioned opposite each other on the banks of the river, making it hard to believe they belong to two different countries.
Alcoutim has a long history dominated by the Arabs, Romans and Greeks. On Santa Barbara hill sits the Velho Castelo de Alcoutim, which dates back to the 9th century there are hardly any remains left today. The Castelo novo was built in the 16th century is on the crest of the village. In Ribeira de Cadavais there is a riverside beach which is perfect for bathing and boasts a blue flag. There is also a good choice of bars and restaurants.
Sanlúcar is a picturesque village full of beautiful whitewashed houses with twisting slopes, old mills and Nuestra Señora de las Flores church which is at the highest part of the village. There is daily activity at the small port and there is a riverside beach.
Castillo de San Marco dates back to the 17th century it is located at the top of the village which makes an ideal spot for the beautiful panoramic views of the village and surrounding area. There are several bars and restaurants where typical regional dishes are served.
For hikers and mountain biking lovers there are the Natural Guadiana Routes, and very close to the Guadiana Trail, which runs along the former railway line that used to transport manganese from the mines to La Laja port. There are also boat trips along the river.