ALENTEJO (ah-lehn-Tay-zhu), meaning “beyond the Tagus River”, is a beautiful, mostly agricultural region, remarkable for its wide horizons, filled with soft hills that change colour along the year, from deep brown to green with white, red and purple to golden, rolling hills and plains, with conspicuous shrubs.
Sunsets and the light-play are stunning. As the warmest weathered region in Portugal, its inhabitants are known for their slow-paced, easy-going lifestyle and sing-song accent that are in harmony with ALENTEJO’S calm-inducing topography. So, if you are there, do like the ALENTEJANOS, and go slow. No stress, please.
The origin of the name ALENTEJO —– alem + Tejo combined as ALENTEJO, literally translates to “Beyond-the-Tagus” or “Across-the -Tagus”.
The ALQUEVA DAM is an important irrigation and hydro-electricity generation facility which supports a part of the ALENTEJO’S economy. The region is also home to the world’s important area for the growing of CORK. Cork-oak, known in Portugal as SOBREIRO, has been grown commercially for the past 300 years, with the areas between the trees typically given over to grazing, or, on the more productive soils, to the growing of citrus fruit, vines or olives. As a consequence, a uniquely rich and varied ecosystem has developed.