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The whole Alentejo to discover, before or after you visit Evora

Visiting Alentejo means to drive the roads that take us through sierras and plains to small cities, villages and historical little villages. They all have a well-defined character, our style. They all invite us to sit at a dining table like we usually do in this region and browse streets of white houses with details of blue and yellow decoration.

Closer to the ocean… Beaches as far as the eye can see to please surfers and sun worshipers. The Alentejo coast and Costa Vicentina have a charm like no other in Portugal. To get to know on a road trip or on a hike, always with the ocean view to delight us.

From the top of the highest hills, many castles guard the fields covered with olive trees or cork oak and holm oak forests. Their ancient walls also tell stories which made the history of Portugal since the beginning of times.

To visit Alentejo in just a few days means to make choices. The best you can do is to come with time to spare… and stay. Make every place your own. Shape your own time. Feel Alentejo. And make it your home.

Don’t have a car? Try one of our Guided Tours.

Visit Elvas, “Queen of the Border” | Unesco’s Alentejo near Spain

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Elvas, also called “Queen of the Border”, is one of the pearls hidden in the Alentejo frontier with the Spanish Extremadura. Due to its strategic position on the border, Elvas was shaped by war. This military history can be revisited through a tour of the city’s rich military heritage. Its fortifications, together with the Forts of Santa Luzia and Nossa Senhora da Graça, are considered …

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Odemira – the whole Alentejo in one municipality. Simply surprising.

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The municipality of Odemira is a Unique Alentejo (Alentejo Singular). That’s what the county calls it, and rightly so. Odemira is not a unique place in the sense that it is completely different from the whole Alentejo. What makes it distinctive is that it gathers in itself many of the different characteristics that we find separately, here and there, around the region. To facilitate diversity, …

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Alqueva Lake – Houseboats (and other activities) | Surprising Alentejo

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Did you know that there are Houseboats in Alqueva Lake, Alentejo (Portugal), which you can drive through the waters with family and friends without even needing a sailor’s license? That’s right! These boats carry the soul of the Alentejo to you. No hurries, taking you where you wish to go in the moment. But what is “Alqueva”? The Alqueva Dam has 96.5 sq mi (250 …

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What to do in Alentejo | 12 Activities in Alentejo, Portugal

what to do alentejo

Deciding what to do in Alentejo will be easier after you read about the activities we suggest. A visit to Alentejo shouldn’t be simply a tourism trip to its main monuments. You have most certainly discovered this page “What to visit in Alentejo | Activities in Alentejo, Portugal” because you wish to visit the region and leave with your “batteries recharged” and a new soul …

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Alentejo Coast travel | Alentejo southwest and Costa Vicentina

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The Alentejo coast (Costa Alentejana) is, on the one hand, a totally different area from the rest of the Alentejo, south of Portugal. Especially in what the landscape is concerned, obviously. But the coastline is still a peaceful place which continues to resist the mass tourism we find further south, in the Algarve. This coastal strip in Portugal has been considered the last wild coast …

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Sao Pedro do Corval, the largest pottery centre in Portugal

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The welcoming parish of Sao Pedro do Corval is in the heart of Evora district, only a few miles from Reguengos de Monsaraz… And even closer to the village of Monsaraz. Known for its old tradition in pottery, Sao Pedro do Corval is the prime land of Alentejo pottery. Nowadays, Sao Pedro do Corval has more than 20 artisanal pottery workshops. Because of that, it …

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Visit Mertola, past civilisations in Guadiana River banks, Alentejo (Portugal)

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Mertola, also called museum-village, is a peaceful riverside walled village located on a cliff over the Guadiana River. Located in the Beja district, Alentejo, it was once one of the most important river ports in the Mediterranean. Because of that, to visit Mertola is to make a trip towards the past… on our way to discover remains of the presence of great civilisations – Romans, …

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