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

Portalegre is the northern region of Alentejo, staggeringly quiet with huge plains and climbing mountain slopes almost completely void of people. There are many signs that civilizations once thrived here, with pre-historic dolmen and menhirs adorning the flower strewn plains, giving Portalegre an almost mythical atmosphere. The few small villages and towns that are found in Portalegre are filled with authentic Portuguese charm, and you are always assured a very warm welcome when you arrive at your Portalegre holiday rental property.

Things to do in Portalegre, Portugal

Portalegre is a fantastically natural area, and the mountains of the Serra de Sao Mamede are home to an amazing array of flowers, leading to much of the area being designated as a national park. The Sierra de Sao Mamede is famous for its hiking routes, which lead for many miles throughout the flower strewn peaks and gullies, whilst the many riding stables of Portalegre offer a vast range of excellent guided rides, catering for every level of experience, and lasting for anything between a few hours and a full week.

Despite being a landlocked region, water sports are great fun from Portalegre accommodation. There are a huge range of reservoirs in Portalegre perfect for a range of water sports, especially those of Apartadura, Maranhao and Montargil. Along side sailing and windsurfing facilities, these reservoirs are ideal for swimming from the small, sandy lakeside beaches, especially during the hot summer months. Golf also thrives in the Portalegre region. If you are hoping to find time for a round from your Portalegre holiday rental villa, the 18 hole course at Marvao is a fantastic place to start you golf holiday in Portalegre.

Portalegre has a very long history, evidence of which can be seen across the region. There are more than fifty pre-historic sites in Portalegre including the amazing Castelo de Vide near Meada, which are the largest on the Iberian Peninsula. Roman ruins, monuments and buildings can still be seen in much of the area, as Portalegre was an important agricultural centre even then. The most impressive of the Roman villas in Portalegre, the villa Torre de Palma is a wonderful site, adorned with beautiful mosaics picturing the progress of the Roman Empire. Northern Portalegre is awash with huge medieval castles, many of which have UNESCO recognition, including Marvao, Castelo de Vide and Alter do Chao.

Places to visit on holiday to Portalegre, Portugal

The town of Portalegre itself has a huge amount to offer tourists. The whitewashed houses, with their golden trim, glisten in the summer sun, and despite years of altercations throughout history, there are still some wonderful tourist attractions to discover. The Cathedral, with its three convents, is beautiful, and currently contains many of the region’s most famous paintings.

Weather in Portalegre, Portugal

Average temperatures in Portalegre are remarkably constant. During June, July and August, temperatures reach well into the mid 30’s (˚C) with amazing regularity during the middle of the day, whilst in winter, you would be unlucky to experience daily temperatures of less than 10˚C.

Travel to Portalegre, Portugal

Lisbon Airport (LIS) lies just over 200km from a holiday rental property in the centre of Portalegre. There are frequent flights from the UK, and there are both coach and rail links from Lisbon to Portalegre town. If you would really like to get to know the region, getting a hire car from the airport is a great option.

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                                                            A nice find with wonderful surprises in Sao Mamede area

                                                            4 of 5
                                                            What a wonderful idiosyncratic place this is. One feels to be in the middle of nature, with rivers to either side of the house. At night there is zero light pollution so the stars are fantastic. The barbeque is excellent, and the place has a fully equipped kitchen. The house itself, filled with works of art does not feel like an impersonal holiday place but a home, and the host is tremendously helpful The surrounding area is very good for walking.
                                                            • Review Submitted: 22-May-2016
                                                            • Date of Stay: May 2016

                                                            A fabulous setting , great food, and the best people

                                                            5 of 5
                                                            We arrived on Jan 4 for 3 month stay and were met by Miguel's father. His welcome was so warm and friendly, we felt at home immediately. The house exceeded our expectations. We have rented homes in several countries, but here we found almost everything you could think of at our disposal. The dishes provided were very nice and plentiful. Various appliances including a coffee grinder, juicer, toaster, coffee machine, single cup coffee machine, hot water heater, etc. were available. Sra Antonia kept the house and our clothes clean and was delightful. Although we arrived in winter, the house was warm and the bedding was wonderful. Miguel even provided rain suits for our use. My sister and I used them on a few rainy days. The house is set up well for two couples and two singles or two children (we had my sister and 2 friends stay with us for part of our time). We also never had a problem with hot water or water pressure. You could look out the windows or step out the doors and be greeted by the castle just above us. Next door, the farmer had three ewes, which all had lambs while we were there. We met new lambs and baby goats pretty much where ever we went and were highly amused by their antics. The house is well situated and a short drive to Estremoz or Evora for groceries. A small grocery in the village also provides much of what you need on a daily basis. We found the Café O Emigrante in the village a wonderful place for meals. Iana speaks English, French, Spanish, and probably a few others, which makes ordering easier. We recommend taking time to explore the walled city and wander through its castle. The views alone are worth the trouble. Vila Vicosa, Elvas, Marvao, Monsaraz, Evora, Merida, Montemor-o-novo are just a few places we would recommend seeing as well as the antas and caves. We chose this spot as our center for explorations and found it to be a marvelous base. You are only 60 km from the Spanish border, you are close to a toll road and there are several other roads leading in every direction you will want to go. There are several roads/paths to walk around the house and village and Miguel also provided us with a link to a site "Alentejo a Pie" for walks/hikes throughout the region. We tried a few and really enjoyed ourselves. We left on March 25. We were sad to leave this beautiful place with its warm people, great food, and fabulous areas to explore. We will definitely come back and highly recommend this home.
                                                            • Review Submitted: 30-Mar-2016
                                                            • Date of Stay: Jan 2016

                                                            A little paradise

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                                                            What an amazing place to stay... a hidden treasure. Our friends recommended we stay at this place as they had stayed there a few weeks ago and raved about it - and they were right. We choose to stay in the Mill house right down on the river. The house was really nicely furnished and very comfortable. But what we loved the most was the private balconies looking right on to the river. Although the weather was not hot, it was just perfect as the Portuguese sunshine combined with the shelter of the valley made it very pleasant. Highly recommended and would not hesitate to go again.
                                                            • Review Submitted: 11-Mar-2016
                                                            • Date of Stay: Mar 2016