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 Reasons
To visit Alentejo

And one of them is certainly the delicious wine. After the wines of the Douro region is now time to admire a new one. The Alentejo region is the best wine region in the world.

1 - North

The North of Alentejo (known as Alto Alentejo) covers the entire district of Portalegre. More wild and mountainous, it's both a difficult area to reach but one of the most beautiful and unique to discover. Elvas, Castelo de Vide, or Marvão are must-visit places.

2 - Centre

Just one hour from Lisbon by highway, you will get to Évora, the capital city of Alentejo. This region includes 15 counties such as Mourão, Reguengos de Monsaraz, and Vila Viçosa. Land of wine experts, great culture, and historical heritage. The centre of Alentejo and its culture.

3 - Coast

The preserved stretch of Alentejo starts just below Lisbon, in Alcácer do Sal, going all the way down to Odemira. Our coast, divided between Costa Alentejana and Costa Vicentina, is a unique natural area. Secluded beaches, the Atlantic waters famous for surfing, fresh fish and seafood are waiting for you.

4 - South

Distances are significant between North and South, but the landscape outside your window turns the trip into an unforgettable journey. In the South, there are lots to discover in places like Beja and Mértola, by the Guadiana River.

Featured Locations (8)

Centre

Alentejo Central

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North
Alto Alentejo
From the plains that stretch through the south to the mountains that hide places forgotten in time, Alto Alentejo is painted in particular strokes that will catch your attention.
Centre

Terras de Alqueva

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South
Baixo Alentejo
There is plenty of Alentejo to discover before you reach the Algarve. Framed by mountains, plains, vineyards, ocean, rivers, and picturesque towns, the south of the region is the home of centuries-old secrets, tradition, and infinite landscapes.
Coast

Costa Vicentina

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Coast

Litoral Alentejano

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Centre
Évora
People often say Évora is the centre of Alentejo because of its location but mainly because of its History -- with over 5,000 years, its historical significance sets the pace of the city and the region.
Centre
Zona dos Mármores
Marble is known as Alentejo’s white gold. Used in the various monuments in the region, including the famous Roman Temple in Évora, it mainly comes from Estremoz, Vila Viçosa, and Borba: the lands of marble.
Culture
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 (73)

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Terras de Alqueva

José Andrade

Aquila Nidum

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Terras de Alqueva

Humberto Nixon e
Manuela Martins

Alquevatours

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Costa Vicentina

José Vieira da Silva

Surf Nature School

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Costa Vicentina

Anke Ruschhaupt

Ecotrails

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Zona dos Mármores

Catarina Andresen Leitão

Monte dos Pensamentos

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Baixo Alentejo

Carolina Silvestre

Herdade do Vale da Rosa

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Alentejo Central

Maria do Rosário Mendonça

Casas de Romaria

Costa Vicentina
Francisco de Brion
A TERRA
A Terra (The Earth, in English) is our dream, me and my wife’s. A place that is offbeat and off tempo, an invitation to an...
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Évora

Donatília Vivas

Enoteca Cartuxa

Zona dos Mármores
Antonieta Tarouca
A Bolota
My name is Antonieta Tarouca, and I manage A Bolota. I’ve known this restaurant for as long as I’ve known myself and I am sure...
Accessibility
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 (16)

Tour
Escape in Natural Alentejo
4 stops
2 Days from € 172.00
Tour
3 stops
The Excellence of Alentejo Culture
8.5 Hours
from € 75.00
Tour
6 stops
Wine, Food, and Fun
3 Days
from € 228.50
Tour
7 stops
3 Days
from € 337.00
Tour
3 stops
2 Days
from € 185.00
Demographics
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. 

Climate
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 (28)

Thing to do
Costa Vicentina
Ecotrails
from € 20.00

Anke Ruschhaupt
A. Ruschhaupt
Ecotrails
Thing to do
Baixo Alentejo
Herdade do Vale da Rosa
from € 2.50

Carolina Silvestre
C. Silvestre
Herdade do Vale da Rosa
Thing to do
Baixo Alentejo
Rotas Compadres
from € 15.00

Catarina Valença Gonçalves
C. Gonçalves
Rotas Compadres
Thing to do
Litoral Alentejano
Melides SUP
from € 49.20

Ana Pinheiro
A. Pinheiro
Surf in Comporta
Thing to do
Litoral Alentejano
Escola de Surf do Litoral Alentejano
from € 20.00

Flávio Jorge
F. Jorge
Escola de Surf do Litoral Alentejano
Thing to do
Évora
Herdade de Coelheiros
from € 20.00

Gabriela Mascioli
G. Mascioli
Herdade de Coelheiros
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