Getaway for two

A refuge for two goes with Alentejo

Wake up in an Alentejo monte (traditional farm) , at a hotel or a Pousada. Surrounded by rural landscape, you are guaranteed not to miss a thing.

Here, the natural heritage has long been combined with design and modernity, with  a wide range of activities on offer , to enjoy quietly  one minute at a time. Since there is no rush, you can go for a horse ride, or a charrete (carriage) ride  in the morning or late in the afternoon.

If you feel like breathing the healthy mountain air, go to Marvão. Known as Ninho das Águias (Eagles’ Nest), this small, walled, fortress  town dates from the 9th century and rises up 862 metres,  in the middle of the Natural Park of Serra de São Mamede, where you can  enjoy nature in all its splendour, among the  pine and olive trees. 

And, because the Alentejo is more than just breathtaking landscapes, the Adega Mayor (winery), near Campo Maior, designed by the famous architect Siza Vieira (awarded with the Pritzker Prize in 1992), is a must-see. Here you can  visit the facilities and taste the best wines in the region. 

Another cultural suggestion not to be  missed is the Museum of Contemporary Art in Elvas. A journey through contemporary Portuguese art, from the 80s until today, showing painting, photography and sculpture and installations which never fail to surprise.

Not far from the museum, it is worth taking a boat trip on the Alqueva . But if you prefer to take your date closer to the sky, choose a balloon ride  over the immense landscape of Alentejo, and enjoy the intense silence. Come back to  earth and stop off at  Serpa to see the unusual architectural setting  created by the castle, defensive walls, and aqueduct, which has been declared a National Monument.

Then head for Mértola, enjoy the river beach and visit the impressive S. Domingos Mines. Now  as you pass  on towards more salty waters, take the opportunity  to enjoy the view and fragrance  of the rockroses of Pico do Mú, in the Mountain range of Caldeirão, near Almodôvar.

On the coast,  enjoy the cataplanas and caldeiradas (typical dishes made with  several types of fish ). A place with tastes  that will make you return, the Alentejo has many  gastronomic circuits  . Dine near the ocean, and enjoy  fresh fish with  white wine, or taste the fusion of traditional flavours and the increasingly  sophisticated cuisine d’auteur.

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1 Point of departure: Marvão
2 Portalegre
3 Campo Maior
Wine Tourism
Herdade das Argamassas7370-171 Campo Maior
T work+351 268699440 | 924439428 | F fax+351 268699441
39.0502187, -7.0940566
4 Elvas
5 Vila Viçosa
6 Arraiolos
7 Évora
Wine Tourism
Quinta de Valbom Estrada da Soeira 7000-769 Évora
T work+351 266748383+351 266748380 | F fax+351 266700024
38.585556, -7.920000
8 Viana do Alentejo
9 Reguengos de Monsaraz
Museums and places to visit
Situa-se a 6 Kms a NE de Reguengos de Monsaraz, 500 metros além da povoação de São Pedro do Corval, a Norte da estrada que liga esta povoação da vila de Monsaraz.
T work+351 266508052 | F fax+351 266508059
38.445522, -7.475739
10 Portel
Tourist Activities
Amieira Marina
7220-999 AMIEIRA PRL - Amieira
T work+351 266611173 | F fax+351 266611063
38.276825, -7.534061
11 Serpa
12 Mértola
13 Almodôvar
14 Odemira
15 Sines
16 Santiago do Cacém
17 Grândola
Marina de Tróia Península de Tróia 7570-789 CARVALHAL GDL
T work+351 265 101 500 | F fax+351 265 101 501
38.493181, -8.902972

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