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.
This quaint little village sits within the walls of a medieval castle© Inacio Pires / 123RF
The meadows in this region are reminiscent of Van Gogh paintings© Inacio Pires / 123RF
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
Evora is a UNESCO world heritage site boasting a large number of historical monuments within the remains of the medieval walls© Mauro Rodrigues / 123RF
Arraiolos has magnificent views over the Arraiolos plain© Inacio Pires / 123RF