Alentejo
Where you live “slowly“
Between the Tagus River and the Algarve, there is a world to discover.
From the hills and valleys that detail the Alentejo plains to the mountains and cliffs that, in shades of green and blue, paint one of the wildest and beautiful coasts in the country, the Alentejo is rich and immense.

The Alentejo, in the south of Portugal, covers about one third of the national territory. It's mostly rural, with low population density, but with beauty and heritage historically great and important in the country. From north to south, its landscape may change dramatically, but its people are the same - self-aware of their strong identity and hospitality.

Gastronomy and wine are a symbol of the region and an invitation you can't refuse for a unique journey at the table. Join us and experience Alentejo in its fullness, walking the most inspiring paths, discovering the best-kept secrets, and sharing this culture full of History alongside those who know it well. 

The Alentejo, in the south of Portugal, covers about one third of the national territory. It's mostly rural, with low population density, but with beauty and heritage historically great and important in the country. From north to south, its landscape may change dramatically, but its people are the same - self-aware of their strong identity and hospitality.

Gastronomy and wine are a symbol of the region and an invitation you can't refuse for a unique journey at the table. Join us and experience Alentejo in its fullness, walking the most inspiring paths, discovering the best-kept secrets, and sharing this culture full of History alongside those who know it well. 

10 Razões
Para visitar o Alentejo

E uma delas é certamente o seu delicioso vinho. Depois dos vinhos da região do Douro, é tempo de admirar: a Região do Alentejo foi considerada a melhor região de vinhos do Mundo.

Featured Locations (8)

Alto Alentejo

Conhecer Região
Évora
Costuma dizer-se que Évora é o centro do Alentejo e isso deve-se à sua localização mas principalmente à sua história - com mais de cinco milénios, marca o ritmo da cidade e o seu peso na região.

Alentejo Central

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Zona dos Mármores
O mármore é conhecido como o ouro branco do Alentejo. Utilizado nos vários monumentos espalhados na região, com destaque para o Templo Romano de Évora, tem sobretudo origem em Estremoz, Vila Viçosa e Borba: as terras do mármore.

Costa Vicentina

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Terras de Alqueva

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Litoral Alentejano
Para quem vem de Lisboa em direcção ao interior, a Serra de Grândola revela a diversidade e riqueza da região, com o seu vasto património de montado de sobro e pinhal. Esta é a porta de entrada no Litoral Alentejano.
Baixo Alentejo
Antes de chegarmos ao Algarve ainda há Alentejo por descobrir. Num quadro de montanhas, planícies, vinhas, mar, rios e vilas pitorescas, o Sul da região guarda segredos com séculos de história, tradição e paisagens de perder de vista.
Cultura
Our culture, strongly marked by an Arabic influence that has been kept and preserved over time, comes through in everything that we do, from our customs to our lifestyle.

Alentejo has been, by default, an impoverished region, so we were taught to make do with what Nature gives us from an early age. Through the years, we used that knowledge to create wonderful things. You'll find that always-present simplicity in cuisine, wines, architecture, and daily routines.

Our efforts, work, and art has been recognised by those who visit us and fall in love. We are proud of the many national and international awards and nominations that we've received. Cante Alentejano, Chocalhos Alentejanos, Elvas, and Évora's historic city centre have been classified as UNESCO World Heritage. Our handicrafts, our typical blankets, and our pottery are famous worldwide.

Guardians (64)

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Costa Vicentina

Francisco de Brion

A TERRA

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Costa Vicentina

Gonçalo Marques e
Helena Marques

Pé no Monte

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Litoral Alentejano

Flávio Jorge

Escola de Surf do Litoral Alentejano

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Terras de Alqueva

Tiago Kalisvaart

Sem-Fim

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Alentejo Central

Cristina Azevedo Coutinho

Monte da Ravasqueira

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Alentejo Central

Luís Lucas

Azenhas da Seda

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Alentejo Central

José Cunhal

L'And Vineyards

Costa Vicentina
Cláudia Castanheira
Herdade do Pessegueiro
When I tried riding a horse for the first time at nine years old, I didn’t dream I would dedicate my life to horses. At Herdade do...
from € 15.00
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Costa Vicentina

Anke Ruschhaupt

Ecotrails

Terras de Alqueva
José Roquette
Herdade do Esporão
The tower rising in the middle of an ocean of vineyards is unmistakable: we’re at Herdade do Esporão. The family business we...
from € 12.50
Acessibilidades
Driving is the best way to travel in and get to know Alentejo. Distances between places may be significant but time goes by quickly, in the blink of an eye. Along the Costa Alentejana and Costa Vicentina, you'll frequently see camper vans, a practical and fun way to travel with family and friends.

If you're coming from afar, the closest airports are Lisbon, Beja (chartered flights only), Faro, and Badajoz (in Spain). Several daily flights arrive from any European capital city. From those airports, you'll be a two-hour-drive away from most places in Alentejo, with no traffic and views as great or better than the final destination.

Main roads are well-paved, safe, and well-lit at night, with proper signage and plenty of roadside service stations. 

Itineraries (7)

Tour
Through Alentejo’s wineries and dishes
9 paragens
3 Dias from € 329.50
Tour
4 paragens
In Grândola’s exclusive waters
2 Dias
from € 209.20
Tour
2 paragens
The Wines of Estremoz
6 Horas
from € 198.55
Tour
9 paragens
Wines and liqueurs of Alentejo Central
3 Dias
from € 587.50
Tour
4 paragens
Immerse yourself in extreme Alqueva
2 Dias
from € 422.00
Demografia
Alentejo accounts for one-third of the national territory, and it's one of the least populated areas in Europe, with an average of 23 people per square kilometre. The bigger cities in the region, like Beja, Évora, Estremoz, and Portalegre, have between 50,000 and 70,000 people.

Most of the people live in small villages with less than 3,000 residents. There are also many isolated houses, in the middle of farms or on mountain slopes, that create small communities around them.

Younger generations leave to the big cities and, therefore, the population is strongly marked by ageing. In recent years, many people from other parts of Portugal and Northern Europe have chosen to live in Alentejo. Some of the Alentejo-born people who left to finish school are now returning, too, with new ideas and entrepreneurship projects. 

Clima
Temperature varies significantly over the year in Alentejo and seasons are marked by great temperature differences between North and South.

Although the sun shines frequently, Winters are cold and humid, with temperatures between 9 and 10 degrees Celsius, dropping to a low 5 degrees Celsius during the colder months of December and January. Rainfall is low, but when it does rain, it comes as a blessing for our fields.

Spring (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are milder seasons, with low rainfall and lots of sunshine. Temperatures vary between 12 and 23 degrees Celsius, on average, making it the perfect time of year for a road trip or roaming the streets.

Summers are hot and dry. From May to October beaches become a refuge. Near the coast, temperatures are an average of 30 degrees Celsius. 

Things to do (23)

Actividade
Costa Vicentina
SW SUP
from € 15.00

António Pereira
A. Pereira
SW SUP
Actividade
Terras de Alqueva
Veleiro Sem-Fim
from € 20.00

Tiago Kalisvaart
T. Kalisvaart
Sem-Fim
Actividade
Alentejo Central
Herdade da Amendoeira
from € 10.00

Carlos Almeida
C. Almeida
Herdade da Amendoeira
Actividade
Baixo Alentejo
Herdade da Ribafreixo
from € 7.50

Mário Pinheiro
M. Pinheiro
Herdade do Ribafreixo
Actividade
Terras de Alqueva
Herdade do Esporão
from € 12.50

José Roquette
J. Roquette
Herdade do Esporão
Actividade
Litoral Alentejano
Melides SUP
from € 49.20

Ana Pinheiro
A. Pinheiro
Surf in Comporta
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