The largest region of the country reserves a natural beauty in the period from March to July and you need to know.

THE Alentejo region is internationally recognized in the tourism sector, holder of four Unesco titles and several other sector-specific awards. In 2015, for example, it was included among the 52 destinations in the world needed to visit in the NY Times magazine. A destination that appeals to the most varied travelers, from adventurers to families and honeymooners.

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Located about one hundred kilometers from Lisbon, the natural landscape reserves green plains with very attractive sunsets, as well as golden sand beaches, majestic lagoons and preserved nature. Small villages surround the region and date back to the Roman period with buildings, churches and medieval castles, marking an impressive culture and architecture. One of these constructions is the Marvão Castle built at the end of the 12th century and located in the village and parish of Santa Maria de Marvão. The city of Évora also has medieval architecture as a backdrop. It is the only Portuguese city to be a member of the Network of Oldest European Cities.

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Due to its natural landscape, during the period from March to July the region is even more beautiful. Corresponding to spring, the flowering season, it is possible to verify a diversity of natural wealth, which crosses beautiful green fields and continues along the beaches of golden sand, which are also considered the best in Europe for both water sports and to sunbathe as a family.

Alentejo wines are also an attraction, occupying prominent positions among the best in the world. On the Wine Route it is possible to get to know the manufacturing process and production of the best wines as well as taste them. Some wineries even offer a tour that relates wine with nature, such as outdoor picnics, bike rides through the vineyards and even balloon flights, in fact, observing nature from above at this time is an innovative experience. The gastronomy is also worth mentioning as it contains a variety of typical Lusitanian foods to themed restaurants from different regions of Europe.

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The spring period is also ideal for visits due to the temperature that favors more pleasant walks, as the climate variation is milder, not harming your walk due to the excessive heat of the intense sun, nor the excessive cold, making it impossible for longer outdoor walks.

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Taking advantage of the most routine activity in the place, walking, is recommended, there are even numerous ideal places for this practice. Alentejo reserves trails where you can appreciate the natural landscape and the local architectural heritage. One of them is the Rota Vicentina, which runs for about 450 kilometers along the coast, along the beach and fields.

Other places worth visiting are the rivers and lakes that support various boat trips, and sports such as Stand-Up Paddle. It is also possible to enjoy the sunny days on the banks of the Guadiana river or the Alqueva lagoon, which, in addition to gathering tourists, is one of the favorite addresses of the region's residents.

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Alentejo is a quiet region that is conducive to falling in love. It is not by chance that it receives highlights and honors in the tourism sector and every year the interest of travelers from all over the world increases. Getting to know Alentejo is also getting to know the most typical of Portuguese culture, as mentioned above, not only for the beautiful landscapes but also for the past present in the architectural buildings preserved since the Roman Empire that revive a medieval imagination.

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