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).
Regions (cities within)
Others destinations include all the Costa Sudoeste ,Alentejo Beach Coast, most of it untouched (so far) and with small beautiful beaches. Santiago do Cacém,Vila Nova de MilFontes,Zambujeira,Porto Covo,Trioa,Arraiolos,Ourique,Castro Verde,etc. Alto Alentejo also includes the great marble towns of Estremoz, Borba and Vila Viçoca - and the spectacular mountain villages of Castelo de Vide, Marvão. In Central Alentejo Evora city and the castleMonsaraz,in Baixo Alentejo the golden praries(planicia dourada)and Alentejo Litoral the extensive beaches of Sudeste Alentejano and Costa Vicentina.
Mostly rural,with some urban areas.Generally hotter than other parts of Portugal.
Like in every other region in Portugal, the main language is Portuguese. More specifically, both in Alto Alentejo and Baixo Alentejo, the great majority of natives speak Alentejan Portuguese, which is essentially a region dialect of the main language, and almost identical.
You may find English speakers in the largest cities of Alentejo, for example Beja, Évora, or Portalegre, mainly amongst the younger population. Even if they do not speak English fluently, there is a good chance they will understand you, and attempt to answer in the same language.
Note that in small towns and villages, the chances of finding someone who remotely understands English is very low. When visiting these places, a basic grasp of Portuguese can come in handy.
Spanish is generally understood, mainly in cities, towns or villages closer to the Spanish border.
Like most Portuguese, people from Alentejo are generally friendly and helpful. As an outsider, specially in smaller areas such as villages, you will probably get some curious stares. Despite this, if you approach them, you will be warmly greeted and receive their attention. They will do their best to help you in any way they can, for example to indicate ways, give advice on places to eat, or simply start a conversation. People from Alentejo are known for their unique sense of humor and anecdotes, so don't be surprised for their possibly extrovert remarks. Nevertheless, you will always be treated with respect.
Most places may be reached by bus from Evora but for some of the mountain areas including Marvão and Castelo de Vide you will need to get first to Portalegre.
District capital cities of Evora, Portalegra, Beja, plus other historic cities and towns as well,the coast.
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)