Alentejo is located in the south of Portugal and is surrounded by the Tagus river (literally translated, Alentejo means 'beyond the Tagus') in the north, by the Algarve in the South and by Spain in the East.
It is one of the five continental regions of Portugal. The other regions are Norte, Centro, Lisbon and the Algarve. There are two more overseas autonomous regions : Madeira and the Azores.
For tourists, the region is heavily trumped by the Algarve in the South and in the North Lisbon. But where the Algarve lost much of its soul due to the development of the tourist infrastructure, the Alentejo has managed to preserve its authenticity.
The coastal area is the main attraction of the Alentejo. On a cultural level, only Evora played a role of importance in Portuguese history.
In spring, Alentejo is transformed into a flower carpet. The region is also one of the main producers of cork. The cork oak you will find everywhere. Also olive trees for the production of olive oil and eucalyptys for the production of paper can be found abundantly. On our hike along the coast we passed through some large farms (including raspberries and ornamentals plants).
Our interest in Alentejo was obviously aroused by the new Coastal Path that was opened in 2013. We went there around the end of October and found there are temperatures between 20 and 25 ° C, ideal hiking temperatures. We walked only part of the route. So there is still enough left for a next visit, which we will surely plan in the spring so we can admire the flowers as well.