Alentejo is, without any doubt, a destination that marks the difference in terms of experiences. It is a destination of excellence which offers history, breathtaking scenery, gastronomy, excellent wines and numerous experiences which will put you in the mood to explore the region…
Get lost in Alentejo…
World Heritage by UNESCO
Dominating Alentejo’s landscape lays Évora, city of an outstanding beauty, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO since 1986. With a diversified offer, not only historical and cultural heritage, but also in terms of gastronomy and wines, here you can discover the true flavours of the regional gastronomy. Visit the numerous hidden restaurants in medieval streets, surrounded by Roman walls. Enjoy an authentic open-air museum, during a hike or a pleasant carriage ride.
There are various leisure activities, such as the wineries that offer wine tastings and regional products of extremely high quality, as well as pleasant horseback riding, hunting or fishing tours, safaris, canoeing, balloon rides, a kart race, or even a parachute jump. The clock Museum, the Évora Museum or Palace of Cadaval.
For a more relaxing day, why not visit some of the picturesque towns and cities of Alentejo, such as Monsaraz, Arraiolos, Estremoz, Borba or Vila Viçosa, not forgetting the wonderful Alqueva - the largest artificial lake in Europe and having the first certified reserve in the world for the observation of the stars.
Gastronomy & Wines
When it is said that Alentejo gastronomy revolves around bread, olive oil and aromatic herbs, it seems too simple.
But the knowledge to make it is ancestral. The recipes have been handed from generation to generation and with them, the secrets that bring food to it’s maximum power and exuberant flavours. The Alentejo offers you an unforgettable palatal experience with red wines of loaded colours, firm structure with dense aromas of mature fruits and with great persistence. For white wines you can count on fruity, intense aromas with plenty of structure.</ P>
To experience these pleasures can be so perfect that justifies many trips to the Region. One is not enough. If you want to taste it fully you will have to do like we do it in Alentejo: eat and drink according to the season.
Feel the harmony between our culture and tradition
Herdade do Esporão
Part of the Alentejo’s montado ecosystem (cork oak forests), in Portugal, Herdade do Esporão has extraordinary conditions for agriculture – large thermal amplitudes, poor and various soils and extraordinary biodiversity that helps us produce in balance with the environment. With 691,9 hectars of vineyards, olive groves and the other crops we grow using organic methods. Here are planted around 40 grape varieties, 4 types of olives, orchards and kitchen gardens.
The fabulous Cartuxa winery presents an outstanding wine offer. Wines such as the Pera Manca, Cartuxa or EA, have the ability to provide you with a unique experience.
Quinta do Quetzal Winery
Visit Quinta do Quetzal and enjoy a unique experience; guided tours through our winery and vineyards, wine tasting combined with Alentejo petiscos (typical Portuguese snacks to accompany wine) in the restaurant and a visit to the beautiful contemporary art centre.
Herdade dos Grous
We recommend a guided tour with a wine tasting session, as well as its restaurant.
In Ervideira it is possible to visit the winery and follow the whole production process, from the arrival of the grape to the bottling of the wine and its expedition. It is mainly an informative visit where visitors are invited to get to know Ervideira's essence.
Woven through the centuries, the Arraiolos carpets are the result of the work and art of various generations and are still produced today.
The Historical Town of Monsaraz
The history of Monsaraz goes back to pre-historic times, having been occupied by romans, visigods, arabs and jews. The unmatched beauty of the city is enough to justify a visit.
Duques de Bragança Palace in Vila Viçosa
Small in size but large in beauty, Vila Viçosa – known as the Princess of the Alentejo - is one of those places that must not be missed. The abundance of natural resources like stone has also given Vila Viçosa the title of “Capital of Marble”, and marble is in fact, the motor of the region’s economy as Vila Viçosa exports its natural resource to various countries around the world.
S. Pedro do Corval Pottery
Typical Alentejo small village, nearby Reguengos de Monsaraz, São Pedro do Croval is widely known for its handmade pottery. In fact, in São Pedro do Corval is situated the biggest clay-handicraftsman community, with about 35 pottery factories.
Azaruja Cork Factory
Situated in the parish of s. Bento do Mato, 19 km from the city of Évora, Azaruja is a pleasant village, of particular charms by the simplicity and the kindness of its people. In the 19th century, became the main centre of the Alentejo Cork.
Traditional cheeses of the Alentejo
The origin of Alentejo cheese is lost in time, the dairy Cachopas follows the tradition by contributing to this range of products. Benefitting from excellent weather conditions, as well as the assurance given by the milk produced in our region, the Cachopas cheese preserves the actual quality of Alentejo products conquering the most demanding connoisseurs.
A day spent at Monte Selvagem is an unforgettable adventure for bath the grow up as well as for little ones. It is an opportunity to have fun combined with the learning of many things about animals, plants and regional games.
Fluviário de Mora
Learn all about the freshwater fishes biodiversity and reptiles of the Alentejo Region.
Equestrian Centre of the Herdade da Mata
Learn how to set up or improve your riding with an instructor and with new facilities. Herdade da Mata facilities meet the perfect conditions for the practice of horseback riding.
Alqueva - Amieira Marina
Alqueva artificial lake – the largest in Europe which was also the first in the world to be a certified reserve for stargazing. Amieira Marina offers two types of river cruises on the Great Lake Alqueva that can be achieved through small cruises or by performing cruise stay in Houseboat, a concept often used in France and the rest of Europe that Amieira Marina created as a destination in Portugal in the Great Lake Alqueva, in the heart of the Alentejo.
Mountain bike tours in "Ecopista"
The Alentejo is renowned for its outdoor sporting facilities. If adventure is your passion, then this region is your playground. Experience an array of outdoor sports from BTT biking along the 60Km "Ecopista" and hiking to hotel air ballon and discovering the Alentejo in a helicopter.
Herdade da Amendoeira
Herdade da Amendoeira is a project integrating activities, such as, agriculture, animal production and small agro-business: ecotourism, pure-bred limousin, hunting, fishing, sheep and goat cheese production, Destilaria Montemorense (distilled liquors), honey, jams, smoked sausages of black Alentejano pig, and a farm shop.
Évora Kartodorme - Pure Adrenalin
Évora’s kartodrome was inaugurated in November 1987and being the first in Portugal, it contributed highly to the growth and development of kart racing in our country. Its track has 908 metres in perimeter and is 7 metres wide and there are 70 go-karts available for rent, mechanic boxes, changing rooms, restaurant and reception. At the kartodrome you may also enjoy several medieval games such as archery and others.
The Alentejo Heaven brings happiness...The Tandem jump or the Parachute Jump is the adventure experience most popular in Portugal, and the easiest way to do a parachute jump. A unique and fantastic experience, full of unforgettable moments.
In the Alentejo you can find great scenery and a unique balance between nature, heritage, culture and gastronomy. With TurAventur you can discover this balance on foot, on bike, on Jeep or by canoe.
The Lovers Rock
The 'Rocha das Namorados' is actually a natural granite outcrop. The stone has several large 'dimples' or 'cup-marks' on it, a common feature on Neolithic remains, although there is no way of proving their origin or meaning.
The Prehistoric Rock-Art Site of Escoural is a structure known for its Paleolithic-era rock-art and funerary burial site. The earliest vestiges of human occupation date back to 50,000 years B.C. (pertaining to the middle Paleolithic), associated with the interior of the cave.
Almendres Megalithic Site
This is the largest megalithic monument in the Iberian Peninsula and one of the oldest of Humanity's monuments in Europe (V M. BC).
Explore the 88km of Alquevas river. There are 1160 km of banks, 8 riverside villages and 440 islands. Come to Alqueva and rent the boat that best suits you.
Premium experiences where we offer you the most exclusive accommodation, a gourmet gastronomy that combines delightfully tradition and innovation; authentic points of interest, service-only customization with small groups and highly educational itineraries tailored to each group.
Passeios em Balão de Ar Quente - Baloníssimo
Have you ever dreamed of flying over Évora and Alentejo in a Hot Air Balloon? Come fly in the morning and admire as the city comes to life!
How to get here
Starting from Lisbon follow the Vasco da Gama Bridge then continue along the A2, until the beginning of the A6. Continue on the A6 until the second exit of Évora (exit number 6). GPS - Latitude 38º. 36`. 3 "N / Longitude = 7 ° 53 '. 18" W / Altitude = 278 meters
2. Cartuxa Winery
3. Fluvial Beach of Monsaraz
4. Templo Romano
7000 Cromeleque dos Almendres, Évora, Portugal
7000 Enoturismo Cartuxa, Évora, Portugal
Fluvial Beach of Monsaraz
The Monsaraz river beach is located in Monsaraz Nautical Center, about 4 km from the medieval village of Monsaraz. In addition to the infrastructure already included in the Monsaraz Nautical Center, the beach includes a sandy area, meadow and shade area, a distress and surveillance station, water access for the disabled and a watchtower.