For a relaxing holiday in your own valley!

Alentejo is an extensive region, about the size of The Netherlands, in the Southern part of Portugal. The name is derived from  "além do Tejo" which means "across the Tejo", seen from Lisbon then. The area borders Spain in the East and the Atlantic Ocean in the West. To the South lays the narrow strip of the Algarve.

Alentejo has a history of thousands of years, that still can be noticed everywhere. Most apparent still are the Moorish influences, of which the white houses are witnessing.

The topography of the landscape is quite variable with undulating fields in the South till granite hills in the North-East, that the border with Spain. Dams and artificial lakes cover the water supply. The region is sparsely populated and mainly orientated on agriculture. Animal husbandry and crops are very important. Also forestry with eucalyptus plantations and cork production are economically vital. A massive fruit culture in greenhouses has been developed in the coastal area. Luckily, next to that you still find tourism on small scale.

All in all, Alentejo is a region with many assets, where you can relax in a setting as if no time has passed.

The Serra

The Serra

Panorama of the Serra of SãoTeotonio

Typical town

Typical town

Whitewashed buildings in quiet villages

Odemira

Odemira

Nice town in the neighborhood

Cottages

Cottages

Typical Alentejo colors

Moorish influences

Moorish influences

Typical chimneys

São Teotonio

São Teotonio

The church of São Teotonio

Strange name

Strange name

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Cork trees

Cork trees

Portugal, the world argest producer of cork

Cork

Cork

A pile of cork bark

Bougainville

Bougainville

Beautiful flowers everywhere

Stork nest

Stork nest

Better than in a tree apparently

Aljezur

Aljezur

Panorama from the Castelo of Aljezur

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Casa Nova da Cruz (lugar Pomba)

7630-560 São Teotónio

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