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The breadbasket of the country, Alentejo, Landscapes, Northern and central Portugal
The breadbasket of the country

Visitors can walk in peace through meadows of cork oak and wheat fields

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Alentejo Portugal
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Alentejo

The province of Alentejo is the country's largest; it stretches from the south of Beira Baixa to the north of the Algarve. Open countryside scattered with a few villages of white houses lies to the west, and mountain landscapes to the right. The region beyond the River Tagus lives on agriculture and supplies almost the whole Portuguese wheat market. It is also on these plains that the cork oak is cultivated and used to make wine bottle corks amongst other things.

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Alentejo

The ancient village of Monsaraz, Alentejo, Landscapes, Northern and central Portugal
The ancient village of Monsaraz

This quaint little village sits within the walls of a medieval castle

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Colourful meadow in Alentejo, Alentejo, Landscapes, Northern and central Portugal
Colourful meadow in Alentejo

The meadows in this region are reminiscent of Van Gogh paintings

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The fortified village of Monsaraz, Alentejo, Landscapes, Northern and central Portugal
The fortified village of Monsaraz

Once famous for the bull fights that took place in the main square, today Monsaraz is the epitome of a sleepy Portugeuse village

© John Copland / iStock
Igreja do Sao Francisco Church, Evora, Alentejo, Landscapes, Northern and central Portugal
Igreja do Sao Francisco Church, Evora

Evora is a UNESCO world heritage site boasting a large number of historical monuments within the remains of the medieval walls

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Village of Arraiolos, Alentejo, Landscapes, Northern and central Portugal
Village of Arraiolos

Arraiolos has magnificent views over the Arraiolos plain

© Inacio Pires / 123RF
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