If you follow our blog, you have seen here that the Alentejo region has suffered the least from reductions in tourism compared to the same period in 2019. With this prominent position, we ask: what is so special about the immense plains of Alentejo? Stay with us to discover the wonders of Portugal’s largest region.
Learn more about the recovery of the post-Pandemic Alentejo in this link.
Located less than a hundred kilometers south of Lisbon, the Alentejo region is characterised by flat areas, beautiful beaches and exuberant nature. Visiting the Alentejo is a journey through history. Medieval castles, Roman buildings and historic churches take you to a captivating place, with charming villages, abundant gastronomy and spectacular wines. In fact, the Alentejo wine region is considered the best in Portugal and has already been elected by the American newspaper USA Today as “the best wine region to visit” in the world.
With so many adjectives, it is not difficult to understand why the Alentejo is so sought after by tourists visiting Portugal. With about 27 thousand square kilometers, it is the largest region of Portugal, occupying practically ⅓ of the whole national territory. It covers the districts of Portalegre, Évora and Beja and also the southern half of Setúbal and a part of Santarém. The Alentejo is divided into sub-regions and each of them maintains unique beauties.
Évora is located in the center of Alentejo and is the largest city in the region. Known as a museum city, it is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Portugal. Elvas is another city on UNESCO’s selected list. On the border with Spain, the city has fortified buildings that tell the history of Portuguese hegemony. The city of Beja dates back to the Roman period. The Castle of Beja and the Roman Villa of Pisões are unmissable attractions.
In an almost endless list of destinations, we still have Sines, Vila Nova de Santo André, Santiago do Cacém, Odemira, Zabujeira do Mar, in the Alentejo coast; Portel, Monsaraz, Vila Viçosa, Estremoz and Montemor-Novo, in the center of the region; Monforte, Portalegre, Castelo de Vide, Nisa, Marvão and Ponte de Sor, in Alto Alentejo; Serpa, Moura, Mértola, Castro Verde, Alvito and Barrancos, in Baixo Alentejo.
If you are also delighted with the region, let’s also remember that Portugal was the first country to receive the “Viagens Segura” seal awarded by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) and that the Alentejo ranked sixth in the list of the safest destinations, as we have already said here on the blog. See more on the link! What are you waiting for to see the immense plains of Alentejo?
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