This blog seeks to present one of the most beautiful regions of Portugal. Here you will find information about: identity, culture, gastronomy, heritage, monuments and many other things related to the Alentejo.
TheAlentejoisa destinationincreasingly soughtby tourists. According to data fromAlentejo Tourism, the regiongrew by5.9% in thenumber of overnight staysin 2011. According todata from theNational Statistics Institute, in 2010, the number ofovernight stayswas1.173million. And in 2011 the number increased to1.241 millionovernight stays.
Also according to theNational Statistics Institute, the Alentejowasthe "onlynational region"with a"positive" performance.
Alreadyin 2012, according to data from Regional Agencyfor Tourism Promotionof the Alentejo,and comparingwith 2010, there was a25% increasein overnight staysof foreign tourists.
Currently, theAlentejois well knownfor itshigh quality wines. The region is dotted with vast areas ofvineyards - about 22.000hectares, and 4.000 owners.
However,not alwayswine productionhashad as muchimportanceascurrently. Formerly, due to the characteristicsof climateand soilof Alentejo, the productionswere mainlybased oncereals, olive,oak, cornand cattle. The wine wasonlyintendedfor local consumption and its productionwasdone in atraditional way.
It wasonly in the 80sthat thewinerysectorhas gained prominence:thesectorwasrevitalized,production facilitieswere improved andassociations have been established.
Currentlythere are eightsub-regionswell knownfor itscherishedwines: Evora, Borba, Granja/Amareleja, Moura, Portalegre, Reguengos, Redondo e Vidigueira.
TheAlentejois one of theregionsofPortugal, which coversthe districts ofPortalegre, ÉvoraandBeja, and thesouthern halfof the district ofSetúbaland partof the district ofSantarém. TheAlentejois thus thelargest regionofPortugal.
List of citiesinAlentejo:
-Évora (World Heritage) - Santarém -Beja -Elvas (World Heritage) -Portalegre -Sines -Almeirim -Rio Maior - Cartaxo -Vendas Novas - Montemor-o-Novo -VilaNova deSantoAndré -Pontede Sor -Estremoz -Alcacerdo Sal -Moura -SantiagoCacém - ReguengosMonsaraz -Serpa -Borba
Source: Photo by Carlos Helder Leitão de Macedo- http://olhares.sapo.pt/alentejo-primaveril-foto1904922.html