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Make a holiday rental property or holiday villa in Alentejo, Portugal your home away from home

Alentejo is one of the four main regions of Portugal, bordering the Algarve to the south. Known as Portugal’s bread basket, Alentejo is a huge, open area of countryside although the landscape does vary dramatically from the granite hills of the north east to the open plains of the south. Holiday villas in Alentejo are perfect for those wishing to truly relax, recuperate and recharge whilst on holiday, as the tourist crowds have not yet discovered Alentejo, which has one of the most blissfully peaceful way of life you can find!

Things to do on holiday in Alentejo, Portugal

The Parque Natural de Serra de Sao Mamede is a beautiful park, engulfing not only beautiful swathes of the country, but also a handful of atmospheric medieval villages. The Parque Natural do Vale Guadiana to the north is also well worth a visit from a holiday villa in Alentejo, especially for walking and to use the secluded, sandy beaches which line the west end of the park.

Alentejo is steeped in history from across the ages, with clear examples of Roman and Arab constructs, as well as dolmens, cromlechs and sturdy medieval castles. There are a huge range of impressive historic sights to see across the region, but the most dramatic have to be the Estremoz Castle in Pousada, the gigantic Elvas Aqueduct and Castle, Castelo de Vide or the remains of the Roman Temple in Evora.

Alentejo is also a great destination for quite beach holidays. An Alentejo property along the west coast of Alentejo around the town of Sines on either the Costa Dorada to the south or Costa da Gale to the north will provide some of the most authentic Portuguese beach holiday experiences available. The unspoilt, wild, sand beaches of the Atlantic are a favourite destination for surfers and windsurfers, who descend on holiday villas in Alentejo during the summer months. The many reservoirs which adorn this dry countryside were originally created to ensure water for residents, but now sailing, water skiing and windsurfing thrive on them.

Although a holiday villa in Alentejo is usually taken for a peaceful, relaxing break, you can get the adrenaline pumping around your body here. The countryside is ideally suited to mountain biking, and the skies above Alentejo are often dotted with hot air balloons and skydivers taking to the air for a combination of adrenaline and breath taking views.

Places to holiday in Alentejo, Portugal

The coast of Alentejo falls into the sub-region of Alentejo Litoral, so if you are looking for a beach holiday whilst in the region, a holiday villa in Alentejo Litoral is the perfect solution.

The three major cities in Alentejo are Evora, Portalegre and Beja.

Evora lies at the heart of the region and has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the perfectly preserved town centre. It is often accredited with being the finest example of ‘golden age’ Portugal, with the ancient walls still protecting the many monuments from throughout the ages which can be found within, including the famous Diana’s Temple.

Portalegre is a region of Alentejo bordering Spain, with a long tradition of mystery and mythology. Dolmens adorn the landscape, situated between ancient manor houses and ancient battle fields. The delightful Serra de Sao Mamede is in the region, which is a perfect place to walk or cycle. The area is also a great destination for off road driving, horse riding and golf. The many dams and lakes are ideal for water sports, and there are two centres in the region, from which you can take lessons, hire equipment or try your hang at a large range of sports from a holiday villa in Alentejo.

Beja is one of the most unspoilt regions to take an Alenteja property. The architecture is delightfully graceful, and the countryside is open and peaceful.

Travel to Alentejo, Portugal

Depending on the exact location of your holiday villa in Alentejo, Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon International Airport (LIS) will be the closest. They are both within an hour of Alentejo, and receive a range of cheap flights from the UK.

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                                                    Myself and five friends spent an amazing week on the outskirts of Castro Verde in the wonderful Monte da Quinta. We used both houses and we weren't disappointed. We are group of birdwatchers and have travelled across Europe for many years now and I can happily say that this place is well up there with the very best we have stayed in (and there have been some good ones). It is the perfect location to visit the Alentejo region of Portugal and with the coast (Algarve) only and hour's drive away and similarly the west coast, variety is easily found. The welcome, hospitality, help and guidance from Michaela and Nigel make this an absolutely fantastic place to stay. A huge thank you to you both.
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                                                    • Date of Stay: May 2016

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                                                    Our first impression of Casa Bougainvillea was 'wow, we get to spend here a few days, what a treat!'. The overwhelming scent of jasmine and mimosa and the sound of birds and bees - that's what greets you each morning. Then there was the lovely house, full of charm and equipped with all the items you'd need during your stay. The bedrooms are a good size and the bathrooms are massive. We were there in April and the weather was mixed so we made use of the fire place which was cleverly connected to the central heating and all the radiators were blazing heat in no time. The veranda is great - it has the lounging as well as dining furniture and I got into the habit of staying in my PJs till noon sipping coffee, half dreaming half reading my book and laying on the sofa until my stomach told me it was time for lunch. When it got warm enough to swim (yes, we swam in April but it took me a while to get into the pool...) the pool area has a lush view of the valley. Just sit there, drink your beverages and forget about the city stress. The property is easy to find it with Juan's directions. It's for people who like peace and nature and the pics don't do the place justice. I could go on...there were lots of little touches from the hosts, who gave us all the privacy we needed but were there if we needed anything. We really liked Juan and Taina who put their hearts and souls into making their place a little private heaven for their guests. Oh...I forgot to mentioned my real favourite - Simba! The cute terrier greeted us one morning and I fell in love. There is only one issue - now everyone will know how lovely this place is and we'd rather keep it a secret! Thanks guys, we hope to be back soon. Aggie and Ben
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                                                    This was our 5th stay at Oliveira, and we enjoyed it so much we've just booked to return again. The cottages are kept in immaculate condition by Michaela and Nigel who are also excellent hosts. There's plenty of information provided about local restaurants, and because of the excellent location of Oliveira you can walk to the restaurants. Our favourites were Villa Italia and Market Verde. The edge of town location means the views from the veranda are over the beautiful countryside, and we saw hoopoes, storks, booted eagles and red kites while sitting there, and heard nightingales. Out in the cereal steppes the birds are amazing. Our favourite sightings were of great and little bustards and lesser kestrels.
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