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Alentejo Region of Portugal

If you are looking for property in the Alentejo Region of Portugal then here we will give you some basic information about the Region.

The Alentejo is just north of the Algarve. The origin of its name, "Além-Tejo", literally translates to "Beyond the Tejo" or "Across the Tejo" . The Tejo being the river that starts in Spain and flows thought Lisbon to the Atlantic.

Geography and History of the Alentejo

The Alentejo has many beaches down the west coast that are famous for surfing. Further inland it changes from flat, rolling hills in the centre into Granite mountain as it borders Spain. The centre of this region can get very hot in the summer. The central, agricultural area consists of large farms which were the wheat fields of the Roman Empire. The Alentejo is often refered to as Upper (Alto) or Lower (Baixo). The Upper part of the region borders with the Central region and Lisbon region and has many vineyards and vast agricultural plains along the banks of the Tejo, in an area known as Ribatejo.

This region represents over one third of the territory of mainland Portugal but has only 7.1% of it’s residents, so it is very sparsely populated. It also has more older people than any other region, with 23% over 65 (2008 data). 

The region is the home of the world's most important area for the growing of cork. Cork-oak, known in Portugal as "sobreiro", has been grown commercially in the region for the past 300 years.

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Main places to visit in the Alentejo

Historic Centre of Évora is an UNESCO World Heritage site 

Alqueva Dam is the biggest in Portugal and a haven to wildlife and water sports enthusiasts. It supplies the Alentejo with water for irrigation of the land and with Hydro-Electrictity.

There are a number of National Park areas in the Alentejo, you will find more about these in the district local information pages.

There are many castles close to the Spanish border that are worth visiting to learn more about the history and the conflicts that affected this region.

Travel links in the Alentejo

There is a new international airport at Beja which opened in 2011, but only a small number of charter flights landing there as of 2014. The airports in Faro and Lisbon serve the majority of international destinations between them, for travellers to the Alentejo region.

The Alfa Pendula (fast train) does not actually stop in the Alentejo. There are stations just North of Setubal at Pinhal Nova and then at Tunes in the Algarve.

There are a number of Intercity Bus and Train route that connect the major cities.

Tourist Authority

The Regional Tourism authority website is in English VisitAlentejo but they do not have local offices.

Administration in the Alentejo Region

Since 2014 the Alentejo Region is mane up of the following Intermunicipal Communities;

Alentejo Litoral
Alentejo Central
Alto Alentejo
Baixo Alentejo
Lezíria do Tejo

Other Regions of Portugal

Lisbon,  Central,  North, Algarve

There are many Real Estate Agents in Portugal and also some companies that are not Licenced Estate Agents but just advertise properties, be careful to know who you are dealing with.

Hey Portugal Property is a licenced Real Estate Agent operating along the Silver Coast from Leiria to Lisbon, with partners in the Alentejo.

 

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