On the trail of the original Portugal
In the beautiful region of Alentejo, a calm and relaxed rhythm of life has been practiced for centuries and carries on today. With around 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, the region offers the ideal setting for both active holiday-makers and those seeking peace and quiet. Let yourself be enchanted by the Alentejan magic and immerse yourself in a colourful landscape characterised by almost untouched coastal landscapes, secluded sandy beaches, traditional fishing villages and extensive nature reserves. The hospitality of the Alentejans, the authentic delicacies and the power of nature ensures the perfect conditions for a successful and unforgettable hiking trip.
Our hiking trip in Alentejo
Alentejo – an Eldorado for active nature lovers: hike the spectacular Rota Vicentina along picturesque coastal landscapes, sandy beaches, fisherman’s paths and inland pine forests. Discover the diverse flora and fauna, listen to the sound of the sea and the cheerful tweeting of birds, breath in the scent of delicious aromatic herbs and get to know the hospitality of the Alentejans. On our trip you walk in time with the Alentejan rhythm!
- Here you can read all the details and route information of our hiking trip in the Alentejo.
Did you know … ?
Wide sandy beaches, extensive nature reserves, picturesque hills and pristine landscapes – Alentejo offers all this and much more. What should you definitely know about the southern paradise in Portugal:
- Although Alentejo takes up a third of the total area of Portugal, only about eight percent of the entire population live in the region.
- Great attention is paid to the maintenance of traditions - For more than 2000 years the traditional handicraft of cowbell making has been practiced here and is regarded as an intangible cultural heritage.
- Tradition also plays a role in culinary terms: in the Pastelaria Conventual Pão de Rala in the beautiful town of Èvora (capital of Alentejo and world cultural heritage site), the heavenly delicacies made by nuns, such as the famous almond cake are still offered today.
- Customs also find musical appeal in Alentejo – the Cante Alentejo. This special musical tradition is traditional polyphonic singing without the use of musical instruments. The Cante has been on UNESCO’s list of intangible cultural heritage since 2014.
The country and people
Alentejo is located on the Iberian Peninsula in Portugal and at the westernmost point in Europe. The region takes up around a third of the country’s total area. Nevertheless, the area is sparsely populated and only makes up around eight percent of the countries’ total population. Soil conditions in the east of the region offers the ideal conditions for viticulture, with the focus on cattle breeding in the south due to the soils characterised by cork and holm oak.
An authentic and decelerated lifestyle has been lived by the Alentejans for centuries – in harmony with nature and mother earth. Today, great importance is still placed on the production and use of regional products. The production of cowbells is one particularly well-known traditional goods, which has been manufactured according to unique craftsmanship for more than 2000 years.
Climate in the Alentejo region
A true Mecca for all sun worshipers: with 3,000 hours of sunshine a year and an average temperature of around 18 degrees, Alentejo enjoys a calm and pleasant Mediterranean climate all year round. These climatic conditions with Atlantic influences make a hiking holiday ideal all year round. The sun-seeking hikers among you will find the much-anticipated warmth in the usually cooler winter months in Alentejo. In the warmer months, the ocean winds refresh and offer wonderful conditions for an active holiday in Portugal.
Culinary delights in Portugal
Alentejo is known as the gastronomic heart of Portugal – and rightly so. Because if you decide to go on a hiking trip in Alentejo, you will soon be able to enjoy the regional delicacies. The dishes and delicacies are based on centuries-old traditions and secret recipes, which have not lost their popularity. The focus is on the use of simple, local ingredients. Taste your way through a diverse selection of ‘petiscos’, small starters with various dishes such as olives, ‘pimentos assados” (roasted, small peppers), or ‘migas’, a traditional farmer’s dish made from breadcrumbs with olive oil, garlic and hot water. Due to its’ location on the Atlantic coast, freshly caught fish and mussels, as well as soups such as cold gazpacho are an important part of the Alentejan cuisine.
Sweet as in seventh heaven
And finally – heavenly sweets, in the truest sense of the word. The story goes back to the 15th century, when nuns started making sweet treats. And even today, some desserts such as the traditional almond cake with egg yolk and lemon peel are still made by nuns and known under the name ‘monastery sweets’. Let yourself be enchanted by the Alentejan cuisine and taste the authentic dishes of the country that follow the motto “simple but tasty”.
Your hiking holiday – completely carefree, promised!
The long-awaited holiday is finally here. And to make sure it is perfectly organised, we at Eurohike take care and give you a stress- and worry-free time. From travel planning and organisation to the complete booking of your ideal accommodation, the provision of complete travel documents and daily luggage transport on-site, we are there for you. And if something should not go according to plan, you can reach us at any time via our service-hotline and we will take care of your concerns immediately. Our team is already looking forward to making your most wonderful time of the year unique.