Alentejo Holidays: an Overview

The Alentejo region is all about 'cork, pork and walk', home as it is to beautiful cork oak forests, rural countryside that could tempt even the most committed urbanite to explore by foot and elegant wine estates. 'Pata negra', Portugal's answer to parma ham (and better, in our humble opinion), is also plentiful in the region thanks to the acorn-fed black pigs. With a beautiful beachfronted coastline and a crop of recent boutique spa hotel openings, we've declared this unexplored location as Portugal's next big thing for luxury holidayers.

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Why we think you’ll love it

  • Comporta is a secret beach retreat in easy reach from both Lisbon and Evora, the 'capital' of Alentejo
  • There are some seriously nice boutique hotels in which to spend your Alentejo holiday
  • Beware, wine lovers could seriously over indulge, and develop a habit for the hugely under-rated local wines
  • This is a place for all seasons to get a true sense of rural Portugal

Tailor Made Luxury Holidays to the Alentejo: the Detail

The Alentejo has a wonderful climate, making it an ideal holiday destination to visit all year round. The summer months can be a little hot for some, but for those who can handle it and can find a spot by a swimming pool, it can be very manageable. In the spring the Alentejo blossoms and the weather is warm and thoroughly conducive to a short break away from still wintery Britain. This is also a great time to see the harvesting of local vineyards. The autumn and winter months are a little cooler but are great for wining and dining and curling up by an open fire.

But the region isn't all about undulating plains, gentle hills and forests; there's also a killer coastline of unspoilt beaches to explore while on holiday in the Alentejo. Among the miles of deserted beaches is the hip town of Comporta, Portugal's best kept secret and a haven for Lisbon's beautiful people. There are big plans for Comporta (including, rumour has it, an Aman) but the jury is out as to whether too much development might spoil an area that just now gets the balance between chic and under the radar just right.

It is worth taking a day or two to explore the Alentejo's UNESCO World Heritage town of Evora. It is architecturally rich, with Roman temples, cathedrals and churches. There are also several authentic cafes and restaurants to fuel a day of sightseeing.

With the Alentejo only being a short distance from Lisbon or the Algarve, a holiday here can be combined with another of our Portuguese favourites.


Top picks for The Alentejo

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel

The Alentejo

The Torre de Palma Wine Hotel is a boutique hotel within a beautifully restored ancient house, set in the charming village of Monforte in the upper Alentejo.

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Herdade do Touril

Herdade do Touril

The Alentejo

Herdade de Touril is a charming 365-hectare estate on the Alentejo rugged coastline. The farmhouse property is modest in style and design, with a touch of rural Portuguese flavour, and prefect for those looking to escape the crowds.

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Malhadinha Nova

Malhadinha Nova

The Alentejo

Malhadinha Nova is a quintessentially Portuguese homestead, which appears like something that has jumped out of a House and Garden magazine, with its light decors and rural countryside feel to it.

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Ecorkhotel

Ecorkhotel

The Alentejo

Cork might not be the most obvious building material for a hotel but this is Alentejo after all, and it turns out that cork is not only a wonderfully effective insulator but its production is also about as sustainable as you can get, so the Ecorkhotel has the eco-friendly box very firmly ticked.

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L'And

L'And

The Alentejo

This truly original retreat is situated in 66 acres of fabulous Alentejo countryside, and combines old school Portuguese vineyards with a 21st century design hotel.

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Sublime Comporta

Sublime Comporta

The Alentejo

Sublime Comporta is a trendy country house retreat; it’s sleek, it's chic, plus the stunning beaches of Comporta are relatively unexplored and luxury hotels have yet to monopolise the area.

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