The Alentejo (ah-LEHN-tay-ZHU, meaning 'beyond the Tagus River'), is a beautiful,mostly agricultural region, remarkable for its wide horizons, filled with soft hills that change color along the year, from deep brown to green with white, red and purple, to golden. Sunsets and the light play are stunning. As the warmest weathered region in Portugal, its inhabitants are known for their slow-paced, easy-going lifestyle and song-like accent, that are in great harmony with the Alentejo's calm-inducing topography. So, if you are there, do like the Alentejanos, and do it slowly. No stress, please.
The main city is Evora, in Alentejo Central, with historic monuments, churches and museums.
Also in Alentejo, in the Évora region, was one of the development centers of early European megaliths (standing stones).
The west coast is one of the most beautiful beach zones, that has (so far) survived without the savage tourism industry that destroyed the Algarve. Be sure to visit Vila Nova de Mil-Fontes or one of the little towns around.
In the summer (august), if you are a rock fan, try to catch the Sudoeste Rock Festival, near Zambujeira.
Don´t miss the beatiful village of Marvão, with its wonderful castle and fantastic museum.
Wines from the Alentejo region are very popular among the Portuguese people, so take the chance to know them!
Among all the Alentejo region you will find a lot of wonderful places to stay. Try Herdade dos Barros (country hotel) in Terena (Évora), there you will find personalized services, comfortable rooms, privacy, description, good taste and good atmosphere. There you will wake up to the sounds of birds, enjoy nature, relax, hiking, read a good book on the terrace, or just watch the scenery with a glass of wine. When night falls you will have a magnificent starry sky, and fall asleep to the sounds of crickets.
But if you want a little more movement, you can explore all the historical and cultural heritage of the region (the Castle, the Chapel of Boa Nova, etc) very close to the farm; enjoy the calm waters of the dam Lucefecit (100 m the Herdade); or visit the neighboring regions, such as Vila Viçosa, Monsaraz, Évora, Alqueva, Badajoz, etc.
For more information: http://www.herdadedosbarros.com ; (00351 964310216)