Discover the charming Alentejo
Between the Portuguese capital and the popular holiday destinations on the Algarve is one of Portugal’s most beautiful and unspoilt hidden treasures. If you are looking to explore an authentic side of Portugal, then the Alentejo region is for you, and today still retains an abundance of character from a Portugal of the past. Wandering through the many sleepy towns nestled among the vast plains and farmlands one can appreciate the charm of the white-washed buildings, Baroque-style churches and the humble activities of many locals going about their day. With a selection of beautiful Pousadas in the Alentejo region, it is the perfect place to explore while enjoying the history and charm of Pousadas.
The Alentejo region is Portugal’s largest farming area, aided by its fertile soils and warm climate. As such the region is known for its wine production, cheeses, fresh produce and also for its growing of cork. With a thriving wine industry, visitors have the opportunity to explore many vineyards and sample the lovely wine for themselves.
In addition to the production of food and wines, the landscape makes the region an ideal place for walking and cycling, particularly the ‘Alto Alentejo’ area. The Pousada de Marvão is situated in the stunning Serra de São Mamede Natural Park, making it the perfect base for anyone looking to explore the beauty of the Alentejo on foot.
Charm and culture are two key attractions of the Alentejo and the region has an array of fascinating historical towns. Evora, the capital of the region and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a must-see. The town boasts a number of historical monuments including a Roman Temple, and its buildings and churches demonstrate a range of influential architectural styles. The Pousada de Evora, a lovely 16th century convent situated in the heart of the historic centre, is not only an ideal place from which to explore the city, yet the perfect place to immerse oneself in the charm and history of the town.
Moving towards the west, along the Atlantic coast, are the region’s endless un-spoilt sandy beaches. Quaint fishing villages are dotted along the coast where you can sample Portugal’s exquisite fresh seafood after a relaxing day on the beach.
The Alentejo has plenty to offer if you are in search of a peaceful getaway, if you fancy exploring this region for yourself, take a look at one of our suggested 5-night itineraries which would be the perfect introduction to this fascinating region. We also offer 7-night route packages available from October - April for only £477 per room!
Photos kindly provided by Turismo de Portugal