Alentejo: A Region Outside of Time

Alentejo: A Region Outside of Time

hours south of Lisbon
and just 10km from the Spanish border is Alentejo, the least
populated region in Portugal that is becoming popular for its
, said to be among the best in Europe. We visited during
autumn, when there is still plenty of sunshine and temperatures are

We explored the inland part of Alentejo, an historic region with
beautiful villages surrounded by empty plains, rolling hills and
mountains – all covered with cork, oak,
trees and vineyards. It’s a peaceful area with friendly
inhabitants who welcome small-scale tourism.

Marvão was one of the highlights; a small, medieval village
situated on the top of a 843m mountain, on the highest crest of the
Serra de São Mamede. Stroll through the narrow streets lined with
white houses until you reach the summit – a castle on top of the

Another jewel is Evora, a fabled city and UNESCO World Heritage
Site. Visit the Roman temple, the Igreja de São Francisco and the
Cathedral of Santa Maria. Historical highlights aside, a walk
around the storied cobbled lanes is just as captivating. It’s daily
life that really captivates, from the traditionally painted houses
to their cheery inhabitants.

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