Less than one hour away from Lisbon, Alentejo Central, the central area of Alentejo, is one of the entryways into the region.

Here, Portugal’s History comes forward in majestic castles like Montemor-o-Novo and in traditions that carry on like the iconic tapestries of Arraiolos.

To discover Alentejo Central is to explore a countryside Alentejo, immersed in the charms of Nature, as it happens in Mora and its picturesque parishes of Brotas, Cabeção, and Pavia.

As always, this side of Alentejo also comes through at the table. Amongst the many local specialities you can’t miss, the Vendas Novas “bifana” (pork steak sandwich) is the gastronomic “landmark” you must try. 

Here, Portugal’s History comes forward in majestic castles like Montemor-o-Novo and in traditions that carry on like the iconic tapestries of Arraiolos.

To discover Alentejo Central is to explore a countryside Alentejo, immersed in the charms of Nature, as it happens in Mora and its picturesque parishes of Brotas, Cabeção, and Pavia.

As always, this side of Alentejo also comes through at the table. Amongst the many local specialities you can’t miss, the Vendas Novas “bifana” (pork steak sandwich) is the gastronomic “landmark” you must try. 

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At the town centre, several stores roll out one of the oldest symbols of Portuguese handicrafts: the Arraiolos tapestry.

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Alentejo Central

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South of Lisbon, in Alentejo Central, Vendas Novas is a must-stop on the way to inland Alentejo. It has always been so throughout History. Over the centuries, several members of the royal family spent the night here. The old Palácio Real (Royal Palace), built by King João V, now houses the Escola Prática de Artilharia (Artillery Practice School) and a military museum.

One of the city’s symbols is the “bifana” sandwich: a slightly toasted wheat bun with a slice of pork meat. Many road trippers take the detour to Vendas Novas just to eat at one of the several cafes and restaurants that compete for the title of the best “bifana” in town.

Going inland, we reach Montemor-o-Novo. The Montemor-o-Novo Castle, rising in one of the city’s hillsides, overpowers the landscape. It’s believed it was taken back from the Moors by King Afonso Henriques around 1166. Since then, it was the setting for some of the most critical episodes of Portugal's History. Going up to the Porta da Vila (Town Gate) we come across different significant buildings such as the Torre do Relógio (Clock Tower) and the Convento da Saudação convent.


Since then, it was the setting for some of the most critical episodes of Portugal's History.


Arraiolos is a little over 20 km from Montemor-o-Novo. At the town centre, several stores roll out one of the oldest symbols of Portuguese handicrafts: the Arraiolos tapestry. The Arraiolos Castle marks the landscape, one of the few round-shaped castles in the world. The local cuisine is rich in Alentejo soups and pork dishes, but the Arraiolos pies are the town’s most iconic delicacy.

Lastly, no itinerary of Alentejo is complete without visiting the county of Mora. The four parishes of the county -- Brotas, Cabeção, Pavia, and Mora -- are worth a visit for their natural heritage and landscapes, with rivers and brooks that are perfect for relaxing and fishing, and for the public aquarium that’s dedicated to those freshwater ecosystems: Fluviário de Mora.

Brotas was a historical destination for pilgrims visiting the Santuário de Nossa Senhora de Brotas (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Brotas), surrounded by the Casas de Confraria, houses that gave shelter to the pilgrims along the Rua da Igreja (Igreja street). In Cabeção, the river beach Praia Fluvial do Parque Ecológico do Gameiro is an invitation to a cooling swim in Alentejo’s hotter days. 

"Amongst the several crucial moments of Portugal’s History that the Montemor-o-Novo Castle was a part of, we highlight the preparation of Vasco da Gama’s most important voyage that led him to discover the sea route to India in 1498. Two years before that, King Manuel I made one of the most important decisions for national History at this castle, where the Courts took place."

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Alentejo Central
Herdade da Amendoeira
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Carlos Almeida
C. Almeida
Herdade da Amendoeira

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"To our guests at Herdade Amendoeira we offer silence and nature."
Carlos Almeida
Herdade da Amendoeira

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Alentejo Central

Carlos Almeida

Herdade da Amendoeira

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Alentejo Central

Luís Lucas

Azenhas da Seda

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Alentejo Central

Maria do Rosário Mendonça

Casas de Romaria

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Alentejo Central

Cristina Azevedo Coutinho

Monte da Ravasqueira

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Alentejo Central

José Cunhal

L'And Vineyards

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Thing to do
Alentejo Central
Azenhas da Seda
from € 32.00

Luís Lucas
L. Lucas
Azenhas da Seda
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Alentejo Central
Herdade da Amendoeira
from € 10.00

Carlos Almeida
C. Almeida
Herdade da Amendoeira
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Alentejo Central
Monte da Ravasqueira
from € 15.00

Cristina Azevedo Coutinho
C. Coutinho
Monte da Ravasqueira

Tours (8)

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Exploring Alentejo’s Outdoors
3 stops
5.5 Hours from € 37.00
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3 stops
Refuge from the Routine
2 Days
from € 123.45
Tour
3 stops
The Excellence of Alentejo Culture
8.5 Hours
from € 75.00
Tour
3 stops
Fun in Alqueva
5 Hours
from € 47.00
Tour
3 stops
Grape: from Fruit to Wine
5 Hours
from € 36.00
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