Alentejo is a world of its own, a land of uncommon beauty and extraordinary people working in tandem to create vistas which pleases both the mind and the eye, and relaxes the soul with a contentment unavailable any where else.
The name “Alentejo” has reference to the mighty Tagus river, whichlies between the rest of Portugal and this region.Alentejo produces a lot of the grains that are available in Portugal. Alentejo has mountains, valleys, plains and an interesting coastline. There are 5 sub regions in this region, all of which are so diverse from each other that just to travel this regions to get a bird’s eye view of Portugal.
Location of Alentejo
Alentejo is located to the north of Algarve, and is right in the middle of the country of Portugal, right where its heart should be.
Reaching there Alentejo
Due to its central location Alentejo is accessible from all sides of Portugal and flights, trains and buses continuously ply their respective routes and the transport infrastructure is one of the best in the world.
Sightseeing in Alentejo
Even to make a complete list of the tourist attractions in Alantejo is more than a Herculean task. It is therefore wise to decide beforehand which kind of places to experience. The region offers religious and historic sites galore interspersed with natural beauty that is both stunning and instantly rejuvenating. A list of some of the more popular sites are provided below:
- The ancient roman town Beja
- The late 16th-century Church of São Bartolomeu in the marble Castle of Borba
- The pretty spa town Castelo de Vide
- The 13th Century Elvas Castle and Aqueduct
- The beautiful and intriguing city and citadel of Estremoz
- The Museum town ofEvora
- The tiny medieval town of Monsaraz
- The tragic castle of Moura
- The rich bathing house ofSantiago do Cacém
- The troubadours and cheeses of Serpa
- The intimate and exclusive beaches of Sines
Accommodations at Alentejo
Alentejo is truly a tourists paradise with excellent accommodation available for all kinds of pockets andluxury needs. The most interesting places to stay in Alentejo is in the Pousadas, which are government run high class hotels opened in renovated historic and religious buildings. Although the buildings are renovated yet it has been done with the traditional function of the building in mind and thus provide a hands-on feel of history to the luxurious stay of the travelers.