Alentejo Region Portugal holiday destinations
As a travel agent, we are constantly studying and learning new destinations in the world, which includes exploring hotels and resorts and what better way than to be taught by specialists in these new exciting areas.
Today Sunvil holidays held a 3-hour training course on a riverboat from Hurley to Henley. There were 8 travel agents that boarded the boat for the lovely cruise down the river Thames with wonderful views and a fabulous lunch.
On our way back up the river, our host Sue John from Sunvil gave us all an insight into the Alentejo area of Portugal. Sunvil cover this area with flights to Lisbon from London Heathrow. Alentejo is situated inland past the mountains of Monchique and the Serra do Caldeirao, the vista is beautiful and made up of fields of wheat and sunflowers dotted with tiny whitewashed villages. A true picture postcard view. The coastal area is almost unspoilt and much less developed than the popular Algarve region we all flock to.
This area of Portugal is home to many of the countries Pousadas, which are a network of hotels offering historic design, charm or nature and are often converted castles, palaces or fortresses.
The Alentejo Region
The Alentejo region of Portugal is a perfect choice for those travellers looking for a holiday with a little bit of a difference. Twin it with Lisbon or the Algarve and explore with a rental car the wonderful towns of Alentejo such as the capital Evora a UNESCO world heritage site.
Other towns to consider in Alentejo are Redonodo (renowned for it’s pottery), Vila Vicosa, Estremoz, Monsaraz and the carpet making town of Arraiolos. If the beach and the coast is your preference then a visit to the sea side resorts of Vila Nova de Milfontes will allow you to experience the unspoilt sandy beaches. If you prefer more developed beach resorts then the more lively Troia will be one for you to consider. If you are a wine lover then this is one area you do want to explore as it is claimed that some of Portugal’s best wines can be found here. Foodies will also be at home here with so many local delicacies to taste such as fresh fish, local cheeses and the region’s famous ham which is from acorn-fed black pigs. Evora is the Royal city an UNESCO World Heritage Site with its narrow roads, old palaces, fine buildings and churches.
For more information on the Alentejo region of Portugal drop me an email or call on 01256 536020.
Our training day ended with an insight to the Azores which I personally always find an interesting destination to visit and with the fantastic deals available at the moment it’s deffinately one to consider.
If you fancy a trip down the river you can charter the same boat Genevieve that we cruised up the river in.