Alentejo Let us introduce you to a very special region of Portugal. It’s rural, it’s rustic, and it’s full of charm and character. More than that, it is steeped in culture and heritage with influences and artefacts dating back to deepest antiquity.

Alentejo gives the visitor a real opportunity to experience authentic local culture and customs. Alentejo lies a little over an hour from Lisbon, is largely undiscovered and is steeped in history, culture and gastronomy.

The capital city of Alentejo is Evora, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Alentejo has something for every season of the year. The region’s vineyards producing 45% of Portugal’s wine every autumn. The olive groves are harvested in winter, wild flowers come to life in spring and the cereal crops turn to gold in summer.

Sun seekers can laze on the sandy beaches and secret coves of the region’s 165km coastline.

Alentejo is famous for its vineyards, many of which are open to the public. The complex red wines and the full bodied white wines are some of the best in the world.

The rich cuisine reflects the agricultural nature of life in the region. The visitor can taste the best of local produce from the rich meat dishes to the wide variety of fish and vegetarian fare. And let’s not forget the bread, an integral part of every meal and baked in a wood oven. It can be served plain with olive oil or enjoyed with rosemary and black olive paste.