Alentejo is the biggest region in Portugal, where agriculture and cattle breeding is the most common activity. Also historically our region is consider very important, it was here where very important battles took place not only to form Portugal but also to defend us from invadors. Actually it is a region also chosen by our Neolithic ancestors to live. We have an amazing climate, maybe a bit too hot in the summer, because of that the rest of the Portuguese often confuses us as lazy persons, the truth is that we love to enjoy life, eat good and drink better.
When in Alentejo, missing Monsaraz can result in a life sentence of no more traveling. There is no words to express what you fell going inside the tall walls of this medieval village. Breath taking views and hidden secrets in each corner. Time stops to welcome you in Monsaraz.
We love our artisans and this town cows bells are UNESCO heritage since 2015. It was at Alcáçovas where the first global agreement was sign in 1479, separating the knowned world between Spain and Portugal. At this town you can find the ocean on land, come discover why.
Betwen Évora and Estremoz you must stop at Évoramonte. It’s a top of the hill medieval village surrounded by walls and with a beautiful fort. Although never used in a battle it belongs to a defense line of castles to protect the region. Here ended our only civil war in the 18th century.
It’s in Alentejo where, most of cork trees in the World are. In the hills of our region you can find the Montado – cork forest. It’s a agriculture system with 1000 years, working in harmony with nature. It´s at our montado where the very famous black pig is breed in freedom.
You can find megalithic monuments spread all over Alentejo. Build in the neolithic period, they testify the importance of the region for those comunities. In Évora you can visit the Cromlech of Almendres and the Big Dolmen of Zambujeiro. Amoung others these are very important.
Also called “Queen of the Border”, it was very important to defend Portugal from invadors. It is surrounded by very tall fortified walls. Going under the them will give you an ideia of why this city was never conquered. Don’t miss the Forts and the Amoreira Aqueduct.
Around Estremoz you find the tiger skin marble. In the old town climb tower made fully in marble in the 14th century. The city is divided in the old town on top of the hill, and the new down at the valley. This also a very good wine region, with lots of it around, for us to drink.
This beautiful white and blue town is know for its rugs. Inspired in the persian, the Arraiolos rugs are handmade there for about 1000 years. Go for one of the most amazing views of the region at the top of the hill castle. Don´t miss the local pastry, the sweet, lard tart of Arraiolos.
If we had a King it would be here where he would live. In Portugal this towns castle is the only with still a surrounding pit. It’s great to walk around and visit inside, the hunting and archiology museum. In this region you can find marble quaries, world top quality stone!
It’s the Alentejo’s Fado. Traditional polyphonic singing, so no instruments, it was born in the region fields. Sanged by the rural workers while working in the countryside. About love, “saudade” and nature themes. Is unique in the world. On the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Humanity Heritage.