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Featured Alentejo Hotels  /  Alentejo Self-Catering/Vacation Rentals

Portugal Travel Guide:

The 10 best golf courses in Portugal
Alentejo Region is 'Portugal's Best Kept Secret'
Destination Portugal
Dolphin Magic (Azores)
Golf Holidays Algarve: Great Golfing Experience and Much More
Hidden Wonders Of Portugal's Sunshine Coast
Holiday: A Guide to the Azores
Holidays - Lisbon, an Introduction
Lisbon and Portugal - History and Culture
The tourist islands of Madeira
Why Holiday In The Algarve? 6 Reasons To Visit Portugal's South Coast

Hill Village of Monsaraz Near the Spanish Border, Alentejo Region, Portugal
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Alentejo Region is 'Portugal's Best Kept Secret'   by Bert Snijder

Featured Alentejo Hotels  /  Alentejo Self-Catering/Vacation Rentals

The Alentejo area is blessed with a beautiful coastline and is easily accessible - as most of Portugal is - house prices are significantly lower than in more well-known regions such as the Algarve.

For more and more people the attraction of Portugal is that you can still relax. There's loads of space not on the Algarve, of course, but the rest of Portugal, empty roads, [people] living really from day to day. No stress.

For the more active, there are also a number of tourist attractions.

Of course the coastal areas, the beach. But it has world heritage towns. There's a lot of culture here, going back to the Romans and even way before the Romans. There's quite a lot to see.

The rich cultural heritage of Portugal and in the Alentejo in specific makes it even more interesting to invest in property here. There is more to offer than just the seaside and beautiful scenery.

Places as Evora, (on Unesco world heritage list) and Beja are worthwhile a visit to discover their ancient history. Places as Setubal, Sesimbra and Sines are old fishermans villages with all its charmes and of course good places to eat fresh fish.

Almograve, Zambujeira do Mar and Vila Nova de Milfontes are the best-known beach villages of this area, but there are many more lovely beaches and trendy beach bars and restaurants that serve good food.

More inland you will find the wine quintas, a visit there and of course some wine tasting is a lovely introduction in the world of Portuguese wines. Many of them are prize-winning wines, Esperao being one of the most famous ones. Portugal has many wonderful Pousadas, hotels partially owned by the State, located in old castles, monasteries and other historical places.

Many people fly out from Britain for a long weekend in Portugal.  For more and more people the attraction of Portugal is that you can still relax. Although the Algarve is highly developed and property prices have "gone sky high", there are other areas of Portugal providing "loads of space".

For property investors the Alentejo region is a good option because of its "beautiful" coast, easily accessible and properties are less expensive. Property inspection firm Sunscape Properties recently predicted that the development of a new theme park, a Formula One racing track and additional golf course would help to increase tourism in Portugal by 300 per cent over the next seven years.


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Pousada de Álcacer do Sal Dom Afonso II, Álcacer do Sal
Set in a thousand year old castle overlooking the valley where cork, rice and pine-nuts are produced.  Pousada de Alcacer do Sal - D. Afonso II is located not far from Lisbon, in the Álcacer do Sal castle. At this site, with 5000 years of History, that go back to the later Neolithic period, we come across a variety of important cultural remains, such as Phoenician, Arab or even Roman. This Pousada overlooks the river Sado, which runs through a vast green valley.  Alcácer do Sal was conquered by many different peoples. Alcácer also was capital city of the Visigothic municipality, it was dominated by the Arabs at the end of the 8th century and then became one of the most important trade cities in the peninsula. It was conquered by the Vikings at the end of the 10th century...


Pousada de Alvito, Castelo de Alvito, Alvito
Unusual 15th century castle in the village of Alvito.  Pousada de Alvito - Castelo de Alvito With the restoration of an unusual 15th century castle in the village of Alvito, the beautiful Alvito Pousada was born. It honours the culture of the region, not only by its atmosphere, but also by its traditional gastronomy and wines. What used to be the agricultural land of a medieval castle, is now a superb garden.  Reconstructed, the dependences of the castle are one of the Pousadas de Portugal , inaugurated in 1993.  The castle is presented as a building of military architecture and residence, where if they identify Islamic gothic and manuelina influences.


Pousada de Arraiolos - Nossa Senhora da Assuncao Arraiolos
Restored sixteenth century convent situated in a valley in Arraiolos.  Pousada de Arraiolos - Nossa Sra. Assuncao The starting point for the Pousada was the restoration of a sixteenth century convent situated in a valley in Arraiolos a city that is world-famous for its carpets. The Pousada is an example of the achievement of perfect harmony between the traditional and modern concepts of Portuguese architecture and a felicitous example of adapting the austerity of a convent to today's standards of comfort. A wonderful excuse to get to know the traditional art of carpet-making. 
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Pousada de Beja - Sao Francisco
Former 13th century Franciscan Convent in the heart of the historical centre of Beja.  Pousada de Beja - Sao Francisco In the former 13th century Franciscan Convent located in the heart of the historical centre of the Alentejo town of Beja, we find this impressive Pousada. Combining the mystic monument with the needs of today's standards of well-being and comfort, the São Francisco Pousada, with its magnificent cuisine, allows guests to relax both body and mind.  The first records of S. Francis Convent, date from the 10th November of 1268, marking the donation of lands, for its construction, from Paio Pires to Lopo Esteves.  The first general remodelling occurred during the rein of D. Pedro II and D. João V, time when the new dormitories where built.
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Hotel Sol E Serra Golf, Castelo de Vide
Featuring an excellent location, Sol E Serra Golf Hotel offers convenient facilities for both business and leisure travellers.  This property has a privileged position, being in the centre of a beautiful and ancient town of Castelo de Vide, very close to Spain. The hotel is a good base from where you can enjoy memorable tours to places such as the National Stud or Megalithic Monuments. The hotel provides 82 air-conditioned guestrooms that are well furnished and beautifully decorated.  The onsite A Palmeira Restaurant serves an excellent Portuguese and international cuisine. Also, enjoy a magnificent view of the surroundings over a drink in the pleasant cocktail-bar.
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Pousada do Crato - Flor da Rosa, Crato
A castle, a convent and a palace, former Knights of the Order of Malta's monastery.  Pousada de Crato - Flor da Rosa - A castle, a convent and a palace, built in different periods, were the origin of this ecclesiastical architectural work of outstanding harmony. The former Knights of the Order of Malta's monastery, is surrounded in medieval mystic. Flor da Rosa Pousada manages to combine the genuine characteristics of the convent, highlighting them with an architectural project, which although modern, entirely respects its origins.  Built on eminently defensive line, this palace-cum-monastery has architectural features, such as towers, window slites and solid block construction, which give it the appearance more of a fort than a monastic house.
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Exclusive Hotel Dom Luis, Elvas
Beautifully located in a historic fortified city, this charming hotel is an excellent starting point for touring a region rich in culture and history. Ideally situated in the city centre, the traditional Hotel Don Luis is close to many magnificent churches, museums and historical monuments, and just a few kilometers from the Spanish border.  This Elvas Hotel is close to Aqueduto da Amoreira, Praca da Republica, and Elvas Castle. The property has a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Guests are served a complimentary breakfast each morning.
Pousada de Elvas - Santa Luzia, Elvas
Pousada de Elvas - Santa Luzia Opened in 1942, the Santa Luzia Pousada was the first of the Pousadas de Portugal and is a fine example of typical Alentejo architecture. Today, it offers its guests not only all possible comfort but also the best Alentejo cuisine, especially the renowned bacalhau dourado (golden codfish), or its famous dish of pork trotters in a coriander marinade.
Quinta de Santo Antonio, Elvas
Hotel Quinta de Santo Antonio is a charming 5-star property located near the town of Elvas, and near the Spanish border and the Spanish town of Badajoz. This Portuguese accommodation property is a typical alentejo farming estate that dates back to the XVIII century. Hotel Quinta de Santo Antonio is a superb choice for guests looking for getting away from the noise and the stress of the city and relaxing in a quiet village surrounded by fields and gardens. 
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Páteo dos Solares - Inn, Estremoz
Located in the heart of the Upper Alentejo, Estremoz has a long history, which many trace back to the rime of the Roman occupation. “Azulaich” – from original word “ al-zulaich” a bright polished stone, from which derives the word azulejo (tile), which is identified as a bright, shinning ceramic with a regular surface and polygonal – was the name chosen for this restaurant space, where the guests delight in the gastronomy and wines of the Alentejo, produced in these lands.  The Pateo dos Solares has 40 double rooms divided into standard, luxury and suites. With a sober, rustic decoration yet modern and fully equipped, the rooms give an ample and comfortable welcome which characterizes the good reception of the Alentejo.
Pousada de Estremoz - Rainha Santa Isabel, Estremoz
The castle of Estremoz is the result of the restoration of the magnificent Palace that King D. Diniz built for his wife, Queen Santa Isabel. The high quality of building materials used, has been completed with the finest decor including museum pieces. From the private palace gardens and swimming pool surrounded by battlements, you have the most superb view over the city of Estremoz and the vast Alentejo plain.

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Convento do Espinheiro - A Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa,  Evora
Fascinating for its history, authentic for its charm, Convento do Espinheiro, Evora has given life to a 15th century convent, considered a national monument where important nobles have outlined the history of Portugal. Luxuriously recovered, Convento do Espinheiro, Evora gains a new interaction with the city of Évora, classified as world Heritage by UNESCO. Explore the heavenly flavours of the Alentejo gastronomy. The Divinus Restaurant, an ancient wine cellar, offers its guests the essence of the local cuisine although with a hint of sophistication and refinement. We invite you to embrace the exquisite local wines at our wine bar, originally a gothic water reservoir dating back to the 15th century..
Hotel Dom Fernando Evora
If you are planning for an ideal holiday destination in Evora, the Dom Fernando Hotel is a perfect place for you to reside.  The Dom Fernando Hotel is located in the magnificent city of Ivora, which is considered to be world heritage, just on the very heart of typical Alentejo. Guests can find hunting, history, culture, art, ethnography, outdoor sports and golf nearby.  The hotel provides 103 air-conditioned guestrooms that are well furnished and beautifully decorated. Attentive room service is also available for your convenience.  Guests can dine at the onsite restaurant that serves Alentejo's gastronomy, and later relax with a drink at the cocktail bar.  To make your stay more pleasant, the Dom Fernando Hotel offers beautiful swimming pools and interior gardens.
Pousada de Évora - Lóios, Évora
In the heart of historic the centre of Évora, a city classified by UNESCO as World Heritage, stands the Pousade de Évora - Lóios, originally a convent and one of Évora's most precious architectural buildings. Staying at the Pousada de Évora - Lóios is reliving history itself in each stone, each glance and each object.
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Pousada de Marvão - Santa Maria Marvão
Almost 1000 meters above sea level, the Hotel Pousada de Marvao is situated in the unspoilt 13th century Marvao in the Alentejo region of Portugal.  Pousada de Marvao - Santa Maria.  The small traditional houses of Marvão, a medieval town with walls dating from the thirteenth century, seem to squeeze the narrow little streets that wind between them. The two village houses that have been comfortably converted into a Pousada offer an exceptionally beautiful panorama from the reception rooms and certain bedrooms.
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Pousada de Santa Clara-a-Velha, Santa Clara-a-Velha
Near the beaches of the coast of S. Vicente, surrounded by a breathtaking mountain landscape and close to Santa Clara dam, you will find the Pousada de Santa Clara-a-Velha. The view from its balconies and swimming pool gives you the tranquility and relaxation you need. Its peacefulness is ideal for shooting, fishing, water sports or even for a rest in perfect harmony with nature. 
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Pousada de Santiago do Cacém - Quinta da Ortiga, Santiago do Cacém
This Pousada near the beautiful, almost deserted, Atlantic beaches of the Alentejo coast in Southern Portugal.  This Pousada de Santiago do Cacém is located in a typical Alentejo farm estate, a few minutes from Santiago do Cacém and the São Vicente Coast beaches. It has a beautiful chapel and it is encircled in a magnificent landscape crossed by a refreshing river, terraced gardens and a swimming pool are located where the former watering reservoir used to be. This Pousada's concept is based on its peaceful rural atmosphere, altough there are interesting cultural-historic sites nearby, such as Santiago castle or the Miróbriga Roman ruins, the largest and most complete ruins South of the Tagus river.
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Pousada de Sousel - São Miguel, Sousel
Situated on a hill overlooking the vast Alentejo plains, stands the white-painted walls and peaceful Pousada de Sousel - São Miguel, with its cinegetic interior designs that is always waiting for the shooting, leisure and unique rich cuisine lovers. Sousel has the oldest bullring in Portugal. Located near the Maranhão dam, it is also ideal for fishing and water sports.
Casa de Terena Casa de Terena, Intimate Inn, Terena
Casa Terena is about three hundred years old, and was once the Bishop's mansion, a courthouse (and jail!) and a school. Now it is a small, intimate hotel with delightful rooms and friendly English, French, Dutch and Italian-speaking hosts.  Situated in a cobbled street, just forty metres from the castle, it has panoramic views over the Alentejo plains. It has been beautifully renovated and transformed into a small hotel with just six double rooms and a guests-only dining room.  The bedrooms, all with full bathroom, are attractively decorated with artifacts from former Portuguese colonies in Africa, Asia an South America - gathered by the owners on their extensive travels.
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Pousada de Torrão - Vale do Gaio, Torrão
Set in an idyllic location, the Hotel Pousada do Torrao overlooks the Vale do Gaio Dam in the Alentejo plains of Portugal.  In the heart of the Alentejo region, 30 km from Alcácer do Sal and over the Vale do Gaio dam, stands the beautiful Pousada of Torrão. It is the perfect place for shooting, fishing nature and water sports lovers, as well asfor gastronomics buffs. The sunsets at the terrace, overlooking the dam make your stay at this Pousada unforgettable.
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Pousada de Vila Viçosa - Dom João IV, Vila Viçosa
The Pousada de D. João IV is set in the former Convent of Chagas de Cristo in the historical village of Vila Viçosa. Very characteristic with its intricate themed rooms, full of legends and tales, the Pousada has kept intact the convent cells, the retreats and the oratories built by the nuns. You can also appreciate the exquisite conventual recipes.