Alentejo

Portugal

The plains to lose sight of begin to unfold next to the Tagus. If to the north the rhythm is marked by the green of the meadow, more to the south the landscape combines with sun, heat and a paced rhythm. The width of the landscape is interspersed with cork oaks (cork trees) and olive trees that weather. In the hills, white and earthy houses crown small elevations, the castles evoke struggles and conquests, and the courtyards and gardens attest to Arab influences, which shaped people and nature.

In Alentejo, the strength of the land marks the time and the small villages, show the tenacity of its inhabitants. Perhaps this is why culture and spirituality gain a particular character here. The coastline, with a high and steep landscape with small sheltered beaches that are ideal for surfing. But here there are also scents of the field, the herbs of smell season fish, seafood and other regional dishes, which are accompanied with excellent wines of the region. All Alentejo lives to the rhythm of the earth. In 2014 the Alentejo won the title of "Best Wine Region to Visit" in the worldwide contest promoted by USA TODAY. The beaches of the Alentejo coast were also featured in THE GUARDIAN as the best in Europe. It has been considered three times (2011, 2012 and 2013) as the best tourism region in Portugal.