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