The Alentejo is Portugal’s most undiscovered region but there are countless reasons to visit this magical landscape. Thanks to the diverse landscape, hilltop villages and many vineyards there is no shortage of unique places to stay in Alentejo. If you want to find the real Portugal spend some time getting to know Alentejo.
WHERE TO STAY IN ALENTEJO
Alentejo is Portugal’s largest region and stretches from the hot south all the way up to the cooler central and north regions so deciding where to stay can be overwhelming.
Alentejo can be split into 3 areas Alto, Baixo and Centro; each with their own landscape, character and charm . Alentejo deserves time to explore. If you have the time I encourage you to experience staying in each area. However, don’t worry if you only have a few days to explore, you’ll still be able to capture the warmth of Alentejo.
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FINDING ACCOMMODATION IN ALENTEJO
I understand why finding the right accommodation in Alentejo might seem like a chore but it doesn’t have to be.
If possible, I encourage you to book directly with small businesses (guesthouses/ bnb’s etc) so that they can benefit from your booking without loosing a commission to the bigger companies.
Otherwise my go-to search website is BookingCom. I find they have the widest range of best value options. I also check in with Air BnB to compare. I personally prefer self-catering/ apartments when I travel as I find these offer the most unique places to stay. However Alentejo has plenty of different options including hotels, b+b’s, cottages, camping and resorts. Go jump in!
5 UNIQUE STAYS IN ALENTEJO, PORTUGAL
Now let me share my favourite places to stay in Alentejo. I have personally stayed in all the places you see below and can recommend them.
STAY INSIDE THE CASTLE WALLS | MARUAN HEAVEN, MARVÃO
3 bedroom holiday home : Sleeps 6
The perfectly kept Medieval village of Marvão is an essential stop on any Alentejo itinerary. You actually get to drive through the castle walls of this hilltop village to reach your stay at Maruan Heaven. The house still has original features and is equipped with everything you could need for a short or long stay. The best bit about Maruan Heaven though is the sunrise balcony overlooking beautiful Alentejo.
IN NATURE | QUINTA DA DOURADA, SÃO SERRA MAMEDE
Rooms + apartments available
Relax in nature at this traditional Quinta in the serene São Serra Mamede natural park. To reach Quinta da Dourada you’ll drive through some of Portugal’s best scenery and then take a narrow gravel track to your very own slice of tranquility. The Quinta is family-run and you can guarantee owner Nuno will take good care of you during you stay.
AND RELAX | QUINTA DA ESPADA, ÉVORA
This little haven of calm sits just 4km from the bustle of Évora. Stay in the best location in central Alentejo whilst remaining totally chilled. Quinta da Espada features traditional furniture in the bedrooms and alfresco breakfast is served on original Bordello Portuguese ceramics. Every detail and piece decoration at Quinta da Espada pays homage to Alentejo.
ESSENTIAL ALENTEJO | CASA TIA ANICA, MONSARAZ
Holiday home : 4 people
Monsaraz is one of Alentejo’s more well-known villages and with good reason. This hilltop village is a beauty to behold and you won’t help but gawk at it’s pretty streets and medieval details. For the ultimate experience in Monsaraz travel back in time and book a stay at Casa Tia Anica.
MEET THE LOCALS | CASA PORFIRIOS, REDONDO
Studio apartment : Sleeps 2
If you want to find an authentic stay in a traditional village Casa Porfiros is your spot. This cosy well designed studio has a window that opens straight on to the street and looks out towards the church. Redondo is a gorgeous village in central Alentejo just a half an hour drive from Évora. The village is a maze of white buildings with colourful façades and is home to a wine museum. Redondo is a DOC wine region and there are plenty of well-known vineyards close by.