If you like walking, white sand, a (mildly) wild ocean, strong breezes and much silence, then you should probably head to Portugal’s southwest coast on your next holiday. Unpolluted, sleepy and authentic, this region has been discovered by surfers and hippies ages ago, so it still is very preserved and ready to welcome anyone who loves nature. Walking in Alentejo is a adventure that you should definitely try!
The region boasts beautiful cliffs over the ocean. Their tops are covered with creeping plants and are home to many species of birds, which choose this region to stop on their migratory routes between Africa and Europe. There are dozens of secluded, deserted beaches where, if you are lucky, you will not come across anyone (apart from your partner or family!). You will forget all your troubles at home.
In fact, home and your office will feel like a very distant, misty place. Trust us, at the end of your holiday you will probably be looking at surfers with a little sting of healthy envy!
Villages are also lovely. With small houses painted white, their few inhabitants lead a very calm existence and convey pure authenticity. At table, the fresh fish and seafood, washed down with ice-cold white Alentejo wine will be an extra guarantee of a memorable sojourn.
Of course, one of the best ways to get to know the region at leisure is to hike it. Check our trail departing from Lisbon or Faro airports. For 9 days you will be walking along pine forests, cliffs, narrow creeks, deserted stretches of sand and forgotten estates. Actually, you will be staying at lovely Herdade da Matinha, Herdade do Touril , Casas do Moinho & Quinta do Chocalhinho country houses. All of them comfortable, charming, renovated guesthouses, where you will be welcomed as a friend at the end of your day.