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. There is no doubt about it, if you want to find real Portugal you’ll find it during your stay in Alentejo.
WHERE TO STAY IN ALENTEJO
Alentejo is split into 3 sections Alto (high), Baixo (low) and Centro (you got it). Each section has it’s own charm and authentic experiences can be found across the entire region from top to bottom. If you have the time to spend I recommend visiting the whole region and make the most of everything- check out our 10-day Alentejo road trip for ideas. Don’t worry though if you only have a few days to explore Alentejo you’ll still leave with amazing memories.
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FINDING ACCOMMODATION IN ALENTEJO
Despite being more untouched than most of the rest of Portugal Alentejo has plenty of accommodation options available all over the region. I use a number of methods to find accommodation but often find Bookingcom comes up with the widest range of options . It is also worth noting that you should always try to support local businesses where possible, so if there is an option to book directly through them choose that.
5 UNIQUE STAYS IN ALENTEJO, PORTUGAL
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.
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.