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Alentejo

Cork trees, olive trees and corrugated fields as far as the eye can see, dotted with old castles on the hills or small towns with white-colored houses. This is the picture of Portuguese Alentejo. This flat area is the largest province of Portugal. It begins at the south-eastern part of Lisbon and extends along the coast and into the countryside untill the Spanish border.

To the north, more inland, we find endless meadows with cattle and the tipical black pork.

The fortificated Villages of Marvão and Monsaraz remind us of the Medieval past and the numerous battles against the invaders. They are located in a magic, but arid lanscape with countless prehistoric monuments like dolmen, menhirs and even witch-circles. The architecture shows the result of Moorish and Roman invasions.

Elvas and Evora are known for their militar fortificated structures. This classified Unesco World Hertitage is an essential visit while travelling trough this area.

Due to the flatter landscape, this region is perfect for hiking, cycling and horsriding. Ornithologists and astronomers or stargazers will love this part of Portugal, especially the region of the Alqueva dam, the biggest artificial lake of Europe.

Really unique is the coastline of Alentejo: deserted beaches with dunes and fantastic rock-formations, more and more searched by the unknown Portugal lovers.

Our offer in the Alentejo is endless, from cultural roundtrips to family holidays, from sporty holidays to honeymoons and everything in between.

 

Algarve

Algarve is the most Southern region of Portugal and welcomes numerous tourists, especially in the summer. Vast, sandy beaches, surrounded by golden rocks, are very popular by the visitants. The ocean, displaying all shades of blue, is calm and warm, and invite you to swim and to practice all kinds of water sports.

Algarve offers something for everyone. Tiny authentic villages or larger luxury holiday resorts. There, you can also find beautiful golf courses, to where enthusiasts from all over Europe travel to practice the sport, all year around.

The Algarve also has 2 mountain ranges (Serra de Monchique en Serra do Caldeirão) where people still live in harmony with nature and hold traditions they are quite willing to share. Silves preserves many remnants from its Arab past and Lagos was ever since the 15th Century very important for the Portuguese navigation. In the more cosmopolitan cities of Vilamoura, Portimão and Albufeira, there is an exciting nightlife. Tavira is an authentic village, with beautiful examples of traditional architecture, while Faro is the gateway to the whole region, being worth a visit in order to discover its beautiful historical downtown.

Hiking and biking trails are an invitation to get to know better the region. The Via Algarviana crosses all the countryside, while the Vicentina Route runs along one of Europe’s best-preserved coastlines. A boat trip is another way of observing its particular fauna and flora.

On the menu, you’ll find mostly fresh fish and grilled seafood or cataplanas. These heavenly dishes can be savored on a simple terrace by the sea or in refined Michelin-starred restaurants where chefs come to reinvent traditional cuisine. A not to be missed experience while visiting the region.