Destinations - Alentejo

The Alentejo region is located between the Tagus River and the Algarve and from the Atlantic Ocean to the Spanish border.

In Alentejo time passes more slowly. The immense plains, ramparts at the top of a hill, a coastline with fabulous beaches and picturesque villages, is today a sparsely populated and largely rural region, ideal for those who seek tranquility and appreciate its natural beauty.

It is a region rich in history, culture and heritage, dating back to the Paleolithic period, still retaining many archaeological remains, especially in the Montemor-o-Novo, Évora, Monsaraz, as well as Castelo de Vide and Marvão areas.

It is a destination of choice for nature lovers, who invites you to serene walks, bike or horse riding. On the beaches, surf enthusiasts can enjoy the fantastic waves and, in the rivers and reservoirs, the more adventurous can experience the most diverse water sports. Anyone who wants to choose to climb to the skies, can enjoy balloon rides, airplane jumps or even parachuting. The Alentejo is the ideal destination for a family holiday, getaways to two, active seniors or backpackers.

The Alentejo is still a zone of great agricultural potential, of excellent wine and cereals, superior olive oil and, in the coastal zone, fish and seafood of great quality. It is said that an Alentejo always has the table set. Eat and drink without equal. From the wines, cheeses and sausages, typical of the region, there is no way to enjoy a good meal of Alentejo bread, snacks and a glass of wine.

The extensive area of ​​the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park includes the counties of Aljezur, Odemira, Sines and Vila do Bispo has a huge diversity of beaches, cliffs, small islands and cliffs. Here we find a small but iconic place. Porto Covo surrounds us with its whitewashed houses with blue contoured bars and red-painted doors, and enthuses us for its small beaches, typically Alentejo, with a sea of ​​enviable color.

Évora is the most romantic city in the Alentejo and was considered by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It has a unique historical center, which includes the Temple of Diana, the Chapel of Bones, the Water Aqueduct of the Silver and the Giraldo Square.

It is worth to visit the village of Monsaraz erected inside medieval walls, which make us travel in time and what seems more like an open-air museum. Nearby, the Alqueva is the largest artificial lake in Europe, created by the dam on the Guadiana River. It impresses us by its immense beauty, with small pieces of land that rise from the water. At night, the Alqueva sky has a vast number of stars, which allows for a privileged observation, being the first "Dark Sky" reserve in the country or "Starlight Tourism Destination", which attracts amateurs of photography, astronomy and nature.

And, as these, there are so many other places that deserve a visit, with the tranquil environment that the Alentejo offers, namely, Mértola and Serpa, Vila Viçosa, Castelo de Vide, Elvas and Portalegre. Go, enjoy and rest.

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