Alentejo is a picturesque region of south central and southern Portugal, steeped in culture and heritage. With an area covering approximately one third of the country’s territory, Alentejo borders the regions of Centro and the Algarve as well as the Spanish regions of Extremadura and Andalusia.

Known as the "Breadbasket of Portugal," the Alentejo region's undulating landscape consists of farmlands, small hillside villages and larger, ancient towns. From the endless white sandy beaches to the rolling wheat fields, olive groves, vineyards, and cork oak forests, Alentejo invites you to live your most authentic life.

It is said that all roads lead to Évora. This city is the heart of Alentejo, a UNESCO world-heritage site where Roman ruins meet Gothic churches. Built during Portugal's "Golden Age", it is naturally rich in traditional heritage and is surrounded by medieval walls with an impressive cathedral at its centre.

With some of the finest beaches, often hidden by high cliffs, found in this southern region of Portugal, it is no wonder that it has become popular as a traditional weekend and holiday hideaway for Lisbon residents. It is also gaining  renown as a fantastic destination for beach lovers internationally.

With property prices offering higher value that those in more populous areas, the Alentejo region is recommended as an excellent investment opportunity. Besides the relatively low cost of living, the key attraction to buying property in the Alentejo region is Portugal’s Golden Visa Program, which gives foreign investors the right to reside in the EU.  The Golden Visa is a straightforward and flexible program, making it most attractive for investors worldwide. 

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Nature

Nature

This largely untouched region is vivid in its contrasts, with more than 100km of the Alentejo coast a natural park. There are many well-conserved areas,  including the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo, which accommodates a variety of flora and fauna.  In the interior of this region the extensive plains and free-flowing rivers are filled with an abundance of bird life. The natural beauty of this region invites you to go hiking, riding, or birdwatching at your leisure.

Beaches

Beaches

The sunny Alentejo coastline stretches all the way from the mouth of the River Sado to Zambujeira do Mar. Breathtakingly beautiful, the Vicentina coast is spoken about as the last wild coast in the whole of Europe. The white sandy beaches are vast and impressive, with jagged cliffs cascading down to pristine, flat beaches, coves, and reefs. Bathed by the Atlantic Ocean to the west, it is popular amongst surfers, fishermen, horse riders and divers, as well as those just looking to relax and take a break.

Cuisine

Cuisine

Alentejo cuisine celebrates the natural ingredients harvested from the land. Delicious olive oil, cheese, Alentejo bread and the famous black Portuguese pork are menu staples. The red wine of this region is fast gaining international recognition, with its ”new world" character offering an intense, fruity richness popular with residents and visitors alike.

Entertainment

Entertainment

Warm and welcoming, the people of this region proudly celebrate century old Alentejo traditions and milestones. Various music concerts, food and wine festivals, fresh markets and lively fairs are held throughout the year.

Living in Alentejo

Areas near to Alentejo

Algarve, Cascais, Estoril, Lisbon, Madeira, Porto, Silver Coast,

Lifestyle

With over 100km of the Alentejo coast a natural park, large areas remain undeveloped. The region offers a rural lifestyle rural, one that is lived off the beaten path - yet the capital, Lisbon, is only about an hour’s drive away. Alentejo does not have a large population, adding to the serenity of the countryside. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the locals are easy-going, sharing a love of the beautiful beaches, nature, wine and above all food.

Healthcare

Portugal’s state of the art medical facilities and internationally trained practitioners offer residents peace of mind when it comes to their health and wellness. Hospitals and health centres or surgeries are located in all major cities and towns.

Climate

The Alentejo region has a Mediterranean climate, typically warm to hot and dry for most of the year, with summer temperatures regularly reaching up to 40 °C, while winters are relatively mild and wet. The climate is not uniform throughout the region though: mid-summer temperatures in coastal areas are usually much lower (around 25 °C) than inland ones (around 35 °C).

Travel

There are regular flights from the UK and Europe to Lisbon, the closest international airport to Alentejo. From here  it is an easy drive on highways to Beja and Évora, the most well-known towns in this region. Taking a bus or train ride is safe, convenient and provides impressive views of the landscape.

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