heard about Troia fort from Greek mythology? In Portugal, there is also a place
called Troia, however, it is connected with the times of Roman Empire. Discover
the region’s cultural heritage - the Troia Roman Ruins which actually reveal
how the area was already rich in natural resources two thousand years ago.
presents all the epochs of its history - from the Roman to the Neoclassical.
Evora was classified by UNESCO as A World Heritage Site. One day is not enough
to visit the most important places of the city, such as the Roman Temple, the
Chapel of Bones, the Cathedral of Santa Maria, the Palace of King D. Manuel,
the Manueline Window and the Teatro Garcia de Resende.
Serpa PDO cheese
several known PDO kinds of cheese from Alentejo, but the Serpa cheese is the
most famous. It is a cured sheep’s cheese, semi-soft and buttery in texture.
There are only 12 council areas in Lower Alentejo where the climate, soil and
pasture provide Serpa PDO cheese with the characteristics that make it a unique
Sweets, sweets and more sweets
hundreads, if not thousands to recipes. Any place you go, there are several
kinds of sweets you MUST try. Throughout the Alentejo you can find the
“nógados” – nougats, the “filhós” - puff pastries, the “bolos fintos” -
fermented cakes and the “folares da Páscoa” - Easter cakes. Getting hungry to
south of Sines starts Southwestern Alentejo and Vicentina Coast Natural Park
with over 340km of marked trails, for hiking and mountain bike, which make up
the Vicentina Route, between Santiago do Cacém and São Vicente Cape.
7. Never-ending beaches
Alentejo coast stretches from the mouth of the River Sado to Zambujeira do Mar,
and will surprise you for being such a well preserved coastal area, with small
havens of sun and beach. From the Troia Peninsula up to Sines, there are over
70km of sandy beach.
Sines and Vila Nova de Milfontes you can find various places to practice
surfing. Whether you are a Pro or just want to start, you will not get
disappointed on the waves of Alentejo.
It is a
kind of Portuguese music based on vocal. It is a traditional two-part singing
performed by amateur choral groups, characterized by distinctive melodies,
lyrics and vocal styles, and performed without instrumentation. This
music tradition was recognized on UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.
rurality of Alentejo is strongly visible in the handicrafts of the region. The
Olaria (pottery) Pedrada de Nisa is unique in the Alentejo. In Estremoz, its
famous Barrística (figurines in clay) is outstanding. Near Elvas and near Evora
there are tanneries which maintains traditional methods of production of
leather items. Traditional Alentejan blankets and covers are made on looms, using
sheep’s wool, white and black.