Monte Alerta was my grandparents’ house. And my grandparents’ grandparents. And of other grandparents before them. It’s been in the family for eight generations, and it’s where I feel at home. I’m Sérgio Ambrósio, and it will be my pleasure to welcome you to this extraordinary place.

Monte Alerta is magical. Time stretches. My day has 48 hours and, when people come here, they’ll find time to do everything: to sleep and get up late, to stay for a day and do everything you can do around here, and still have plenty of time to spare. This is where I feel at home.

This property has been in the family for eight generations, and the fact that my ancestors lived here makes me feel even closer to this place. I came here when I was 12 when my parents moved forward with their dream to renovate the “monte” house. Before that, I only came in the holidays, and I still recall the toast with honey made at the fireplace.

Today, with some of the guests, we revive a bit of that experience, especially during the chestnut season. My daughter loves this place. Everything here is more intense and more personal. Margarida knows where eggs and milk come from, what are acorns. She can roam around freely, going for hikes with her friends at the pinewood of 600 pine trees that my grandfather planted. This place is magical, and she feels it.

If you come to Monsaraz once, you return often because there’s a lot to do. We invite you to come to Monte Alerta to recharge. In the summer, when the weather is warmer, and the restaurants are full, you can sit by the pool and join us for lunch. In addition to that, we have partnerships with local businesses so our guests can go on boat rides, horseback riding, hiking trails, ballooning, watching the night sky (we’re 100 metres away from the observatory of Alqueva lake). And when the day ends outside, it begins inside the house, in long conversations that can stretch into the night forever.

Monte Alerta is magical. Time stretches. My day has 48 hours and, when people come here, they’ll find time to do everything: to sleep and get up late, to stay for a day and do everything you can do around here, and still have plenty of time to spare. This is where I feel at home.

This property has been in the family for eight generations, and the fact that my ancestors lived here makes me feel even closer to this place. I came here when I was 12 when my parents moved forward with their dream to renovate the “monte” house. Before that, I only came in the holidays, and I still recall the toast with honey made at the fireplace.

Today, with some of the guests, we revive a bit of that experience, especially during the chestnut season. My daughter loves this place. Everything here is more intense and more personal. Margarida knows where eggs and milk come from, what are acorns. She can roam around freely, going for hikes with her friends at the pinewood of 600 pine trees that my grandfather planted. This place is magical, and she feels it.

If you come to Monsaraz once, you return often because there’s a lot to do. We invite you to come to Monte Alerta to recharge. In the summer, when the weather is warmer, and the restaurants are full, you can sit by the pool and join us for lunch. In addition to that, we have partnerships with local businesses so our guests can go on boat rides, horseback riding, hiking trails, ballooning, watching the night sky (we’re 100 metres away from the observatory of Alqueva lake). And when the day ends outside, it begins inside the house, in long conversations that can stretch into the night forever.

"My grandfather is responsible for the pinewood on the bank of the dam. He planted those 600 pine trees, about 30 years ago."
Sérgio Ambrósio

The couple of ponies has been with us for six years, my daughter’s age. We always bonded with animals and I wanted her to bond too. 

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Monte Alerta is the result of my parents’ dream. The house belonged to my mother’s parents, and we came here often in the holidays. We came, stayed for a while, but wouldn’t stay the night because the house needed better conditions. We still have a lot of those old walls, made with clay. Twenty-five years ago my parents decided to move, and we came here for good. In the beginning, it was a completely different life from what we had in Cascais. There weren’t many children, and people kept a lot to themselves at the time. The first year was a little tough, but then everything improved. We used to play here like we never could in Cascais: we built tree houses and played like Tom Sawyer in the middle of nature.


The décor at the Monte has the family in mind, not just guests. It includes pieces that belonged to my grandparents, great-grandparents, and great uncles. Each piece has a story, and although I’m not a spiritual person, there are certain places in the house that I feel “talk” to me.


At Monte Alerta we offer tranquillity, and we value it. We do our best to make sure people come here to rest and recharge. We have a small cinema to entertain the kids when it’s too hot outside, a spa, which also works in the winter if you book in advance, the swimming pool… Some of the guests have been visiting us since we opened 20 years ago. Some came here when they were dating and now send over their kids on their own for the holidays. 

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Terras de Alqueva

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There are two reasons why I feel so attached to Monte Alerta and Monsaraz. Firstly, I love this area, and it has so much potential for business and living. And secondly, it’s a family matter, a very emotional connection. This is where my ancestors lived and, whether I like it or not, I’m linked to it.


People aren’t aware, but Alentejo has everything: here we have peace, safety, and sunshine almost all year long. In this particular area, we have Alqueva, megalithic monuments, vineyards, olive oil, beautiful rural tourism businesses, excellent restaurants. Most of the Alentejo is still untouched, undiscovered, and I hope it stays that way.


Many of my friends ask me why I want to stay here. I can quickly leave when I feel like. With such good roads, I can reach Lisbon in an hour if I need to go there. We have the same things as the big cities, plus tranquillity, peace, and all this quiet. 

The town of Monsaraz is right next door and is worth visiting. It has a fantastic view of the great lake of Alqueva, the sunset is breathtaking, and it’s a fantastic town. It won the 7 Wonders of Portugal competition as a monument village.

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