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Alcoutim is a little city in Portugal with approx. 2,000 residents. It is assumed, that the name Alcoutim derives from the Roman name "Alcoutinium" as this region was called during the time of Roman occupation. The village has a quiet charme.
Vila Real de Santo António in the Portuguese Algarve is a border town to Spain at the Rio Guadiana. The city with about 9,000 inhabitants, was built in only 5 months at the order of absolutist minister Marques Pombal after being destroyed in the 18th century by a seaquake. The streets were modeled after the model of the suburbs of Lisbon, which were also built after the earthquake, and the houses were built in the same style. Until 1991, the city was the transit point for every tourist who wanted to enter Portugal from southern Spain. Since the construction of the bridge over the Rio Guadiana, the transit traffic now passes by the city.