Natural beauty, architectural heritage, excellent food and wine, the art of well receive visitors. This is the Alentejo.
Where the houses are whitewashed in a spotless white, which contrasts with the green and gold fort of the fields. Although Alentejo is known for its arid interior, visitors can also enjoy two hundred kilometers of coastline and numerous reservoirs and lakes.
It is the largest region of Portugal and includes the districts of Portalegre, Évora and Beja, as well as the southern tips of the districts of Setúbal and Santarém. Traditionally recognized by the sympathy of its people, the Alentejo is a land of history, which lived between castles and churches, tapirs and necropolises and Roman ruins and villages.
This town is also synonymous with great food and great wines. Migas (traditional corn bread and cabbage mixture), gazpacho, cacao soup, pork steaks, sericaia (traditional egg pie) always accompanied by plums of Elvas, or fidalgos (a traditional egg and sugar cake) of Évora are just some of the unique delicacies that continue to win over lovers of good food.
As for wine, which brought fame to the region is known that even the Romans were lovers of wine. In fact, it was the Romans who began using the traditional earthenware jugs to serve the wine. An important link between the various areas of economic activity, Alentejo wine has been vital for the development of the region, as well as olive oil, another product of excellence in this part of the country.
The beauty of its landscape is more of the reasons why this region attracts so many tourists. Inside the Alentejo you can see the vast cereal fields of another, which in the coldest months turn into a brilliant green. On the long coast you can find some of the most paradisiacal beaches in Portugal, some of which are part of the Southwest Alentejano Nature Reserve and very popular with surfers. An important biological reserve which, in addition to its ecological diversity, is one of the places of reference for birdwatchers.
Any visit to the Alentejo should include a trip to Marvão, a village at the foot of the Sapoio mountain range that grew around its castle – Moura, where Muslim influence is still evident in Évora, the capital of the region. In the historical center of Évora, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO since 1986, it is possible to observe traces of other cultures, such as Arabic, Celtic, Roman and Jewish. If you are looking for serenity or strong emotions; culture or leisure; heritage or good gastronomy choose to come to one of the most authentic regions of Portugal – the Alentejo.