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.