The Alentejo, in the center-south of Portugal, is more rural with fields and oaks as far as the eye can see and a temperature often higher than elsewhere in summer. On the coast, called Costa Vicentina, beautiful landscapes and beaches are to be seen!
Here is a suggestion of a road trip to visit the region starting from the coast, walking in small towns and beaches and ending with the interior of Alentejo in about a week.
Tróia (Grândola), a peninsula of the district of Setúbal looking like a paradise with sand dunes visible in the middle of the ocean, it has attract stars such as Madonna recently. You’ll be entitled to a beautiful view of the natural park of Arrábida and if you like luxury you can also enjoy hotels, casino, golf…at your disposal. Choose one of the 3 beaches (Comporta, Tróia-Galé, Tróia-Mar) and contemplate the landscape ! With any luck you’ll even see dolphins swimming off.
Travel time: 1h40 from Lisbon
GPS coordinates N 38°29’3.6″ W 8°54’14.13″
Porto Covo (Silves), if you are looking for a quiet and peaceful place, relax on Samoqueira beach and/or Buizinhos (5min by car) and walk to see the island called Ilha do Pessegueiro.
Time: Approx. 1 hour
GPS coordinates N 37°51’11.807″ W 8°45’32.871″
Vila Nova de Milfontes (Odemira), stroll and enjoy the beach of Malhão (10min from the city) or das Furnas (15min)
Time: Approx. 10 minutes
GPS coordinates N 37°45’27.4 W 8°46’12.529″
Zambujeira do Mar (Odemira), again and again beautiful landscapes ! By going there you can stop at the beach of Nossa Senhora which is worth a look (15min from the beach das Furnas) and then see the beach of the city, impressive !
Time: Approx. 30min
GPS coordinates N 37°33’27.998″ W 8°45’32.871″
Mértola, after the beaches of the coast, you’ll see that inside the Alentejo there are many castles that are part of the cultural heritage of the country. Inserted in a natural park where hunting is very famous, Mértola is a small town where you can go through bulwarks dating from the 13th century and where you’ll find some vestiges of the Moors as an old mosque turned into a church and plates written in Arabic.
Time: Approx. 1:50
GPS coordinates N 37°38’29.453″ W 8°39’38.399″
Beja, passed into the hands of Romans, Visigoths, Arabs and then a brief passage of the French in the 17th century, is a city rich in history.
To see: the castle, the regional museum of Beja, the church of Santo Amaro, the archaeological exhibition of the street of Sambrano, the convent Nossa Senhora da Conceição and the cathedral.
Time: Approx. 50min
GPS coordinates N 38°0’55.094″ W 7°51’45.83″
Monsaraz, a small medieval town encircled by walls from where you’ll have a breathtaking view. Less than 5km away, there are also remains of the Neolithic as evidenced for example by the cromelech of Xerez in Ferragudo or the dolmen Antas Olival da Pega.
Time: Approx. 1:15
GPS coordinates N 38°27’6.672″ W 7°23’2.662″
Évora, of an impressive historical richness, you’ll visit surprising places while walking in the city. The city center is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
To see: The temple of Diana, the cathedral (Sé de Évora), the chapel of the bones, the churches, the aqueduct, the megaliths of the Almendres (near the village of Guadalupe)
Time: Approx. 1 hour
GPS coordinates N 37°45’27.4″ W 8°46’12.529″
To see also in the region of Alentejo:
- Lagoa de Santo André
- Praia da Amália (cité dans l’article sur l’Algarve)
- Praia de Almograve
- Praia dos Buizinhos
- Serro da Aguia
- Praia da Samoqueira
- Praia dos alterinhos
- Costas do Lajão
- Praia de Melides
- Badoca Safari Park
- Castelo de Vide
- Viana do Alentejo
For any request for additional information, please feel free to contact me, I’d be happy to help you !