Luxury Travel to Alentejo
Covering almost a third of the country, Alentejo is a vast region of cork plantation, wheat fields, vineyards and clusters of historic hilltop towns. Its name means beyond the Tajo, and it stretches south from the River Tajo to the northern mountain ranges of the Algarve.
Explore the rolling hillsides, rugged peaks, endless plains and its sweeping Atlantic beaches. Vast swathes of sand lay sheltered between rocky cliffs and over 100km of the coastline is part of the South West Alentejo and Costa Vicentina National Park, an area rich in animal and plant life.
Heading inland, Alentejo is littered with Roman ruins, crumbling Moorish castles, marble towns and whitewashed villages. The UNESCO towns of Evora and Elvas are home to baroque bell towers, temples and mighty fortresses and there are plenty of smaller atmospheric towns with winding cobbled streets to explore.
Much of the population make a living from the huge agricultural estates, and Alentejo feels a world away from Portugal’s bustling cities. Take time to enjoy the relaxed way of life, experience its rustic cuisine and world-class wine, and the chance to explore this tranquil and beautiful region.
When to go
For hiking, birdwatching and general exploring in the South West Alentejo and Costa Vicentina National Park, it's best to avoid the warmest month of August, when conditions may be too hot. May, June and September are particularly rewarding for exploring Alentejo, as warm temperatures but fewer crowds make for a pleasant experience.
What to do
- Discover the dramatic coastline and rolling countryside of the South West Alentejo and Costa Vicentina National Park
- Encounter Roman ruins across Alentejo's sprawling landscapes
- Be charmed by the authentic towns of Evora and Elvas
- Sample some of the region's world-class wines
- Dine on rustic cuisine that is influenced by Alentejo's agricultural heritage
Itineraries including Alentejo
Accommodation in Alentejo
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São Lourenço do BarrocalHeld in the same family for over 200 years, Sao Lourenço do Barrocal is situated in the monte, an ancient farming village which has been reimagined as a hotel of simple and understated luxury, surrounded by ancient oak trees, olive groves and vineyards. White washed walls, wood and simple yet sumptuous fabrics are punctuated with pretty furniture and fresh cut flowers. There’s nine room categories here, starting with double rooms and leading all the way up to self contained cottages. All rooms are well equipped and come with a sofa or desk in the living area – the larger cottages have terraces, kitchens and lounge areas. The hotel is set within huge grounds with many activities to try; enjoy wine tastings and tours of the vineyards, there’s horseback riding, birding and even hot air balloon rides – plus much more. There is a large swimming pool complete with sun loungers and a bar for snacks and drinks. You can also find a bar in the hotel and two sumptuous restaurants serving some of the most delicious cuisine. Sourcing local ingredients, sometimes even from their own gardens, to create delicious local dishes.