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Covering almost a third of the country Alentejo, (a word originating from the Moors, meaning beyond Tejo River) is the gastronomic centre of Portugal, its plains stretching from the Rio Tejo to the northern mountain ranges of the Algarve, Monchique.

Life continues at a slow pace here in Alentejo and lunches are long, followed by a siesta, typical Mediterranean style! Also known as the garden of Portugal Alentejo produces most of the country’s grain and is also famous for its wine and cork plantations. The terrain is relatively flat and easy to explore. You can find the beautiful barley fields topped with small hill towns offering a unique experience. The area is home to many historic sites, including castles as well as many beautiful beaches on the Atlantic coast.
Even though tourism is increasingly becoming an important sector for Alentejo, the region’s main income is sourced through agriculture from large agricultural estates known as latifundios, a heritage dating back to Roman times which have been handed down from one generation to the next for centuries.

There are two very important UNESCO World Heritage sites in the area, two fortified towns called Elvas and Evora. These two beautiful towns are a real magnet for visitors. The star shaped, fortified wall mainly built for defence purposes granted Elvas its UNESCO World Heritage status.

The proximity to the Spanish border, and the popular Monday markets taking place every other week attract many domestic as well as Spanish day trippers to this small and beautiful town.

Our Travel Specialist - Zekiye

Our Alentejo Expert

The gastronomy centre of Portugal, it is a must for nature lovers and foodies and waste plains, beautiful farmlands and excellent choice of food will blow your mind.
Zekiye

Alentejo At A Glance

Average Flight Time from the UK to Alentejo
2hours 30mins
Nearest Airport in Alentejo
Lisbon and Faro
Alentejo is Best Known for
Glorious Beaches, Gastronomic Delights, Historic UNESCO towns, Wine, Cycling, Outdoor Activities, Relaxation
Towns to Visit in Alentejo
Evora, Mertola, Beja, Monsaraz, Elvas

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