Of the five administrative regions on the Portuguese mainland, Alentejo is the largest and one of the most extraordinary. Still preserved from mass tourism, it allows you to spend a stay in peace and quiet, to discover authentic cities and preserved traditions, Portuguese gastronomy, but also to live great moments in the middle of nature. An unmissable destination during a getaway in Alentejo, Évora is the largest city in the region. Its historic centre, Roman monuments and medieval heritage have earned it a place on the World Heritage List. It rivals in beauty with Elvas, another listed and fortified city whose architecture of various styles is admired. There are many other towns of interest to discover in the region, such as Marvão and Castelo de Vide, where walks in the steep streets give way to moments of contemplation of the surrounding nature from the heights. For nature is also queen and widely praised in all the Alentejo tourist guides, for the hikes to be made in the heart of the hilly and green landscapes of the Serra de São Mamede National Park, with its rich biodiversity, and for the escapades in the vineyards where you can taste sweet fruity wines. The Alentejo also has a beautiful coastline and the network of trails of the Rota Vicentina, which leads walkers and cyclists to fishing villages, along steep cliffs struck by the ocean and the wind, as well as to beautiful, unspoilt, wild beaches where you can settle down out of sight

When to go to Alentejo?

To the question: when to go to Alentejo? Well, it's very easy to answer that with a Mediterranean-type climate, it's a destination where you can enjoy walking all year round. The best time to visit the Alentejo, to stroll through the narrow streets of its towns and enjoy its nature is from May to October, when the sun shines generously. In spring, the shearing of the sheep is an invitation to discover the rural world; the flowering season provides the opportunity for colourful hikes, while in late summer and early autumn, tourists are gone and the discovery of the heritage is done in a calm atmosphere, under mild temperatures and while enjoying affordable rates. When to go to Alentejo? Why not in the middle of the summer! But then it's better to go to the coast to swim and cool down when the thermometer reads over 35 °C. The months of January and February can be good times to savour the gastronomy, but for walks, don't forget to bring a sweater and a jacket. Cold and damp also sets in in Alentejo in winter

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Tour operators offer organised stays in the Alentejo region. It is also possible to design a tailor-made trip according to your wishes and interests. Agencies often offer trips between land and sea in order to discover all the riches of the region: the emblematic cities, the architectural heritage, nature, its plains, lakes and vineyards, not forgetting the coast, between steep cliffs and wild beaches.

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Those who wish to go to the Alentejo with their own car, it takes 16 hours by car to reach Évora from Paris. A road that will be less long for those living in the southwest of France. By plane, it is possible to reach either Lisbon or Faro at interesting rates, especially in low season where a low cost round trip costs around 80 €. Once at the airport, buses and trains can take you to the Alentejo for around 10 euros

In Alentejo, those without a car can travel by train, with the cities of Évora, Elvas and Beja in particular having a train station. Many bus companies also criss-cross the territory and the prices are cheap. And if the desire for complete autonomy is stronger than anything else, there is always the possibility of renting a car to travel around the territory, right out of the plane in Lisbon or Faro, or in an agency in Évora.

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    When to travel?

    To the question: when to go to Alentejo? Well, it's very easy to answer that with a Mediterranean-type climate, it's...
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    Weather forecast

    Temperatures in the Alentejo are mild, with an average of around 16 °C over the year. In the municipality of Évora,...
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    Budget

    Compared to its neighbour the Algarve and some Portuguese cities where prices can explode in summer, the Alentejo off...
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    Formalities

    For citizens of the European Union and Switzerland, a valid identity card or passport is sufficient to travel to Port...
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    Health

    No vaccinations are required to travel to Alentejo, but to leave in good conditions, it may be advisable to show your...
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    How to travel by yourself?

    Those who wish to go to the Alentejo with their own car, it takes 16 hours by car to reach Évora from Paris. A road...
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    How to get organized?

    Tour operators offer organised stays in the Alentejo region. It is also possible to design a tailor-made trip accordi...
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    Getting around

    In Alentejo, those without a car can travel by train, with the cities of Évora, Elvas and Beja in particular having...
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