If your golfing destination is the Algarve, in the far south, then travel north
to the impressive mountains that rear up from the vast plain in solemn simplicity.
Whichever route you follow, the plains open themselves up beneath clear skies. The
landscape changes gently from the shady greens of hills covered with flocks of sheep to
deep carpets of violet flowers spotted with red poppies. Close to the west coast the
gentle pine trees range themselves impressively before the visitor. In the heart of the
plains you will find vast estates with whitewashed houses and chumps of trees beside them.
de Vide, Portalegre, Monsaraz, and Serpa are some of the mountain towns surrounded by
medieval walls. They stand like sentinels keeping watch over the vast plain, over which
one can see sunsets that set the landscape on fire.
Castelo de Vide
One cannot miss ╔vora, whose historic centre has been classified by Unesco as
part of the heritage of mankind.
Arraiolos is a centre for making famous carpets that bear the same name. Inside
the castles of Estremoz and Alvito one finds luxurious pousadas, while at Vila
Višosa stands the palace where the last kings of Portugal once lived. Beja dominates the
plain with its magnificent main tower looming above its historic castle.
╔vora-Templo de Diana
The gastronomic treats of the Alentejo region, though not so diverse, will
certainly not disappoint you. Our suggestions are the tasty carne de porco a atentejana
(Alentejo style pork), ensopado de cabrito (stewed goat), ašorda
aromatizada com coentros (bread boiled and flavoured with coriander) and gaspacho, a
cold tomato soup, very refreshing in summer. Full-bodied Alentejo wines are an excellent
choice to help wash down these delicacies. Sweetmeats, originally made by local convents,
are quite a treat.
A Mediterranean and continental mix with
dry hot summers, mild winters with low rainfall. Spring and Autumn are the best times for
a touring visit.
Season High 33C / 92F - Low 13C / 56F