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The Alentejo is situated in the south of Portugal, between the river Tagus (Tejo) and the Algarve. To the east, its frontier is with Spain and to the west it is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean in one of Europe’s wildest coastlines.
It is a large region, occupying a third of the whole of continental Portugal, but very thinly populated. Essentially rural, authenticity is the main feature of Alentejo and its beautiful landscapes of rolling hills and cork forest, home to a diversity of wildlife. Centuries of history and different civilizations have shaped the local culture and left a rich heritage in megalithic sites, roman settlements, castles, medieval villages and cities, that include two World Heritage sites (Évora and Elvas). The unique gastronomy and excellent wines of Alentejo make it a destination for gastronomers, where tasting and hands-on experiences (grape harvesting and wine tastings, cooking lessons) go hand in hand. Pousadas, small hotels, rural houses and farms offer luxury, modern comfort and friendly atmospheres to enjoy cultural and outdoor activities and the best of Portuguese hospitality.
• Read an article by Noel Josephides about why he loves the Alentejo