The Alentejo is not just nature and landscapes, it's a place full of history, traditions, great gastronomy, world class wines and the best weather in Europe. Here, you can discover lilac fields, watch unique birds and find landscapes that you will never forget, whether in the heart of the plains, on top of a cliff, in the cork oak woodland or near the ocean. The walled towns of Marvão and Monsaraz, or the many ancient dolmens will recall the magic of this region. Around the hills, whitewashed houses stand on small knolls, castles evoke battles and conquests and the yards and gardens are witness to the Arab influences which shaped both people and nature.
In Alentejo, the power of the land determines not only the pace, but also the shape of cities like Elvas and Évora – listed as World Heritage Site, by UNESCO – and most of all, the land, shows the tenacity of the people. Perhaps this is the reason why culture and spirituality take on a singular character here.
The flat lands make hiking and cycling easy, and you can combine these rides while staying in amazing design hotels that will make your journey even more memorable. But you must also explore the coast. The landscape, here, is hilly and rugged, with small sheltered coves between the cliffs, many of which are ideal for surfing. You will also breathe the scents of the countryside here, the aromatic herbs that season the fish, the seafood and other local dishes will show you the creativity and imagination in using very simple ingredients. These make the Alentejo cuisine a surprising mix of flavors and proof of the hospitality of the people of the Alentejo. Indeed, the Alentejo lives according to its own pace.