The region of the vast plains and extensive landscapes of cork trees and pastures is also the home of the largest artificial lake in Europe.

The great lake of Alqueva gave Alentejo a new look and brought new opportunities that transformed it into one of the most interesting destinations for the rich heritage of its surrounding lands. Lands of wine like Reguengos de Monsaraz, of pottery like São Pedro do Corval, of olive oil like Moura, of History like Monsaraz.

Terras de Alqueva, the lands of Alqueva, is the home of gorgeous corners, secrets passed on from generation to generation, shared with the same Alentejo generosity that makes us feel at home even when we’re away from home. 

The great lake of Alqueva gave Alentejo a new look and brought new opportunities that transformed it into one of the most interesting destinations for the rich heritage of its surrounding lands. Lands of wine like Reguengos de Monsaraz, of pottery like São Pedro do Corval, of olive oil like Moura, of History like Monsaraz.

Terras de Alqueva, the lands of Alqueva, is the home of gorgeous corners, secrets passed on from generation to generation, shared with the same Alentejo generosity that makes us feel at home even when we’re away from home. 

Accommodations (3)
Restaurants (3)
Things to do (6)

Some of the best potters in Alentejo still live at the São Pedro do Corval village.

Location

Centre

Terras de Alqueva

Know the region

Built in the Guadiana River, the water of the Alqueva reservoir covers 250 square kilometres of land that once had olive trees, cork trees, and even whole villages like the old Aldeia da Luz, now submerged and replaced by the new Aldeia da Luz, built from scratch to the image of its predecessor to house its inhabitants. The museum in the village shows you the past and the memories of those days.

Reguengos de Monsaraz is less than two hours from Lisbon, after Évora, on the way to Spain. When you’re arriving in the city, the vineyards on the side of the road stretching along the plains reveal it: we are in the lands of wine. Some of the best wines in Alentejo come from these vineyards and the several wineries and wine tourism businesses in the area allow you to detailly learn about the Alentejo wine and how it’s made.


Continuing on this road, we arrive at the balcony of Alqueva: Monsaraz.


Continuing on this road, we arrive at the balcony of Alqueva: Monsaraz. The medieval village, built within walls, that rises in the Alentejo plains is one of the most iconic places in the region. Whitewashed houses and schist pavement lead us to the Castle, past the church Igreja Matriz de Santa Maria da Lagoa. Take a look around to the landscape stretching out in front of you in all directions. It’s one of the most beautiful images of Alentejo.

On the way to Monsaraz, don’t miss stopping at São Pedro do Corval, the land of potters, where the several potteries alongside the road keep a very important tradition alive.

When we reach Alqueva, we’ll see Mourão with a privileged view of the lake. Like with many lands in the region, like Portel, Terena, or Alandroal, the Castle is the symbol of the town and a historical heritage site worth visiting. After visiting the wall of the dam, go to Moura to explore the Bairro da Mouraria (Moorish Quarter) and the Castle, encircled by olive groves. Those are the olive trees that produce some of the best Portuguese olive oils. 

"The vast water reservoir was essential to develop a region where this natural resource was scarce. Tourism activities like canoeing and boat trips, fishing, or hiking trails are the other asset of the dam. At night, the starry sky over Alqueva was certified by UNESCO as one of the best in Europe for star gazing."

Accommodations (3)

Accommodation
Terras de Alqueva
Horta de Torrejais
from € 80.00

Luís Infante
L. Infante
Horta de Torrejais
Accommodation
Terras de Alqueva
Herdade do Rio Torto
from € 60.00

Samuel Pacheco
S. Pacheco
Herdade do Rio Torto
Accommodation
Terras de Alqueva
Amieira Marina
from € 326.00

José Leal da Costa
J. Costa
Amieira Marina

Like cherries…

"Our rides always take longer than what’s scheduled… And it’s all because of the conversations!"
Humberto Nixon
Alquevatours

Guardians (14)

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Terras de Alqueva

Humberto Nixon e
Manuela Martins

Alquevatours

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Terras de Alqueva

José António Uva

São Lourenço do Barrocal

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Terras de Alqueva

José Roquette

Herdade do Esporão

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Terras de Alqueva

Fernanda Vermelhudo

Vermelhudo

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Terras de Alqueva

Luís Tojo

Djebe Sport Café

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Terras de Alqueva

Sérgio Ambrósio

Monte Alerta

Things to do (6)

Thing to do
Terras de Alqueva
Herdade Rio Torto - Animal Safari
from € 10.00

Samuel Pacheco
S. Pacheco
Herdade do Rio Torto
Thing to do
Terras de Alqueva
Amieira Marina
from € 5.00

José Leal da Costa
J. Costa
Amieira Marina
Thing to do
Terras de Alqueva
AlentejoBreak
from € 25.00

Francisco Guerreiro
F. Guerreiro
AlentejoBreak
Thing to do
Terras de Alqueva
Museu do Medronho
from € 2.00

Samuel Pacheco
S. Pacheco
Herdade do Rio Torto
Thing to do
Terras de Alqueva
Veleiro Sem-Fim
from € 20.00

Tiago Kalisvaart
T. Kalisvaart
Sem-Fim
Thing to do
Terras de Alqueva
Herdade do Esporão
from € 12.50

José Roquette
J. Roquette
Herdade do Esporão

Tours (8)

Tour
Refuge from the Routine
3 stops
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
Tour
6 stops
Perfect Trilogy: Wine, Food, and Fun
3 Days
from € 241.00
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