I can’t remember why we decided on the west coast of Portugal last April but the Alentejo was incredibly beautiful. We arrived in the late stages of the Portuguese spring in it’s full glory and we were glad of it as we were still thawing out from a long and harsh winter in the Ukraine. We had intense sunshine followed heavy downpours so the air was fresh, warm and floral scented.
Most of the Alentejo region is a protected National Park, including all of the coastline which means there are hundreds of miles of beaches where there is little or no development like the one below. The beach of Arrifana near Aljezur I thought had it all. There is a quiet village just above the beach with some hostel accommodation really popular with surfers. The whole of the west coast is a surfers paradise and a foodies paradise. The locals were friendly and kind and every meal we had was a feast. Inland we explored medieval towns, roman ruins and the ancient city of Evora.
We stayed in A Serenada Enoturismo and Herdade do Amarillo. We had an amazing home cooked feast at A Serenada and we can’t wait to go back and do it again. Herdade do Amarillo is a little further north for exploring the Alentejo but the accommodation was beautiful and luxurious.