Covering almost the third of the country Alentejo, (a word originating from the Moors, meaning beyond Tejo River) is the gastronomy centre of Portugal with plains stretching from the Rio Tejo to the northern mountain ranges of the Algarve, Monchique.
Life is slow pace here in Alentejo and lunches are long followed with a siesta, typical Mediterranean style! Also known as the garden of Portugal Alentejo produces most of the grains and also famous for its wine and cork plantations. The terrain is considerably 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, castles ad many beautiful beaches on the Atlantic coast.
Even though tourism is increasingly becoming a big sector for Alentejo, main income is sourced through agriculture from large agricultural estates known as latifundios, a heritage dating back to Roman times and 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 and these two beautiful towns are real magnet for visitors. The star shaped fortified wall mainly built for defence purposes granted Elvas a UNESCO World Heritage status.
The proximity to Spanish border, and the popular Monday markets taking place every other week attracting many domestic as well as Spanish day trippers to this small and beautiful town.