Portugal’s Alentejo region is the ideal destination for a quick getaway weekend break in Europe or a longer stay. A car is essential, since public transport is virtually nonexistent.
Travelling to the Alentejo region means enjoying the natural scenery. Popular activities include riding and hiking in the Serra de São Mamede’s Natural Park, visiting the riverside beach of Montargil in Ponte de Sor, or the lagoon of Maranhão in Avis, experiencing a balloon flight in Évora, or discovering some of Europe’s finest beaches in the Alentejo coast.
For a family break, we suggest a tour that visits the town of Fronteira, the Mora’s river aquarium, the town of Montemor-o-Novo and the Monte Selvagem animal reserve, the town of Santiago do Cacém and the Badoca Safari Park.
For a romantic break, our suggestion includes hiking in Marvão, and visiting several towns, such as Portalegre, Campo Maior, Elvas, Vila Vicosa, Arraiolos, Évora, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Mértola, Almodovar, Odemira, Sines, Grândola and Tróia.
To visit these and other destinations in the Alentejo, we recommend a list of four and five-star hotels to set your base and explore this beautiful region.
Vila Galé Évora
To visit the city of Évora, we recommend the Vila Gale Évora, a brand new hotel located near the medieval city walls. It offers accommodation with a contemporary décor, spa services and indoor and outdoor pools.
Lago Montargil & Villas
Located on the dam of Montargil, this five-star hotel offers luxurious rooms with private balcony. Guests can relax in the spa, which includes an indoor pool, a sauna, a steam bath and a fitness center.
Located in the town of Montemor-o-Novo, L’AND has a unique architecture and design – rooms have opening ceilings and guests can fall asleep looking at the stars. The rooms combine the beauty of natural stone and local wood, and some have plunge pools or a spa bath.
The local restaurant has a Michelin star, serving a reinterpretation of Portuguese cuisine with seasonal produce of local suppliers (mostly organic). To pair with the main course, there’s a selection of wines produced in the hotel’s own vineyard.
Alentejo Marmoris Hotel & Spa
The Alentejo Marmoris is a five-star hotel and the perfect choice to spend the night in Vila Viçosa. The hotel has indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and a restaurant serving a contemporary interpretation of the Alentejo’s cuisine with locally produced ingredients.
Torre de Palma, Wine Hotel
Located in Monforte, Torre de Palma is set in a traditional building. It offers indoor and outdoor pools, a spa and a wellness center, a restaurant, a bar and free WiFi.
Troia Design Hotel
The five-star Troia Design Hotel has a distinctive design and offers views of the river Sado and the Arrábida. This is the ideal place to enjoy a weekend in the Setúbal Peninsula and on the beaches of Comporta.
Pateo dos Solares Charm Hotel
Pateo dos Solares Charm Hotel is a great choice to stay in Estremoz. This romantic four-star hotel features gardens, an outdoor pool and a restaurant that highlights the Alentejo’s gastronomic soul.
Horta da Moura
In Monsaraz, we recommend Horta da Moura, a typical Alentejo accommodation that provides a rural setting on the slopes of the medieval Monsaraz Castle. Guests can explore the shores of the Alqueva dam on one of the estate’s horses.
Enigma – Nature & Water Hotel
To discover the Alentejo coast, we recommedn the Enigma – Nature & Water Hotel, located in São Teotónio close to the town of Odemira, and 40km / 25mi from Lagos in the Algarve. The hotel offers a spa center, a sauna and rooms with all the comforts. Bicycles are available for free. Cycling and hiking are two of the most popular activities in the area.
Convento D’Alter Hotel
The Convento D’Alter Hotel is set in a renovated sixteenth-century convent in Alter do Chão. It has an outdoor pool with sun loungers, a restaurant and air-conditioned rooms.
There are flights connecting several European countries to Faro airport in Algarve on low-cost easyJet and Ryanair airlines, namely from the UK, Germany, Holland and Ireland. Another option is to use the Lisbon international airport. Car hire is provided both at Lisbon and Faro airports.