Alentejo

The Alentejo (ah-lehn-TAY-zhu, meaning 'beyond the Tagus River'), is a beautiful, mostly agricultural region, remarkable for its wide horizons, filled with soft hills that change color along the year, from deep brown to green with white, red and purple, to golden. Sunsets and the light play are stunning. As the warmest weathered region in Portugal, its inhabitants are known for their slow-paced, easy-going lifestyle and song-like accent, that are in great harmony with the Alentejo's calm-inducing topography. So, if you are there, do like the Alentejanos, and do it slowly. No stress, please.

The main city is Evora, in Central Alentejo, with historic monuments,churches and museums. Also in Alentejo, in the Évora region, was one of the development centers of early European megalithism (standing stones).

Regions

A typical Alentejo landscape

Cities

Understand

Mostly rural,with some urban areas.Generally hotter than other parts of Portugal.

Get around

Most places may be reached by bus from Evora but for some of the mountain areas including Marvão and Castelo de Vide you will need to get first to Portalegre.

See

Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa

Do

Drink

Wines from the Alentejo region are very popular among the Portuguese people, so take the chance to know them!

The local drink, the production of which was illegal until recently, is a form of liqueur called medronho, made from the small, round, red fruit of the same name. It is very strong and should be sipped, rather than gulped.

Among all the Alentejo region you will find a lot of wonderful places to stay.

Go next

Lisboa, Faro, Tomar, Castelo Branco. Follow one of the motorways or the IP2.

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