Regions Map

ALENTEJO

If your golfing destination is the Algarve, in the far south, then travel north to the impressive mountains that rear up from the vast plain in solemn simplicity. Whichever route you follow, the plains open themselves up beneath clear skies. The landscape changes gently from the shady greens of hills covered with flocks of sheep to deep carpets of violet flowers spotted with red poppies. Close to the west coast the gentle pine trees range themselves impressively before the visitor. In the heart of the plains you will find vast estates with whitewashed houses and chumps of trees beside them.

MarvŃo, Castelo de Vide, Portalegre, Monsaraz, and Serpa are some of the mountain towns surrounded by medieval walls. They stand like sentinels keeping watch over the vast plain, over which one can see sunsets that set the landscape on fire.

 


Castelo de Vide

One cannot miss ╔vora, whose historic centre has been classified by Unesco as part of the heritage of mankind.

Arraiolos is a centre for making famous carpets that bear the same name. Inside the castles of Estremoz and Alvito one finds luxurious pousadas, while at Vila Višosa stands the palace where the last kings of Portugal once lived. Beja dominates the plain with its magnificent main tower looming above its historic castle.

 


╔vora-Templo de Diana

The gastronomic treats of the Alentejo region, though not so diverse, will certainly not disappoint you. Our suggestions are the tasty carne de porco a atentejana (Alentejo style pork), ensopado de cabrito (stewed goat), ašorda aromatizada com coentros (bread boiled and flavoured with coriander) and gaspacho, a cold tomato soup, very refreshing in summer. Full-bodied Alentejo wines are an excellent choice to help wash down these delicacies. Sweetmeats, originally made by local convents, are quite a treat.

Climate - A Mediterranean and continental mix with dry hot summers, mild winters with low rainfall. Spring and Autumn are the best times for a touring visit.
Season High 33C / 92F - Low 13C / 56F

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