P83 Hotel da Cartuxa ****

…vora

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Our Opinion
Another interesting hotel located between the Alconchel and Rainundo city gates which also has car parking facilities and a swimming pool. All the rooms are simply furnished and comfortable with a fine restaurant serving traditional Portuguese cuisine and excellent regional wines. Another good alternative place to stay in …vora.


P82 Albergaria do CalvŠrio ****A

…vora

Prices and table of Facilities

Our Opinion
This small Inn "of the calvary" is about a 5 minute walk from the centre of town. It has an underground car park for guests. All the rooms are neat, clean and furnished in local traditional style. Guests have a choice of having breakfast served in their room or on the espalande terrace. Inexpensive and highly recommended for those who are on a limited budget.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background Information - Alentejo

Definitely, "THE JEWEL OF PORTUGAL" and is one of best preserved areas in Europe. Unlike the other regions of Portugal, here you will find life eases along at an even slower tempo - it is more subtle than seductive. The Alentejo people are still living as they lived for centuries. With wide open spaces, uncrowded beaches, wild flowers in spring, wholesome cuisine with full bodied wines......... you too can enjoy the delights of this jewel.

Location

The Alentejo occupies nearly a third of the country with vast plains dotted with cork and olive trees, swept by hot dry winds in summer. To the east is the River Guadiana that separates Portugal from Spain, to the west are mainly vast, empty, attractive beaches.

Places to visit

Alvito: A little country town with characteristic white houses.

Beja: In the heart of the wheat-producing area built on top of a hill and surrounded by vast plains with cork and olive trees.

Castelo de Vide: A maze of narrow streets, trim whitewashed houses with characteristic chimneys, charming little squares and unexpected nooks and crannies all of which are dominated by the massive ruins of the old castle.

Castro Verde: A small market town (Green Castle) surrounded by pastureland and forests of Cork-Oak.

Estremoz: Built on a hill rising above the plain, it has preserved much of its original Moorish character. Definitely the liveliest market town in the Alentejo on a Saturday morning. Excellent restaurants.

Evora: The city of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a place you go to, not through. Believed to have been one of the oldest trading posts on the Iberian peninsular. There is much to see.

Marv‚o: An interesting village perched on top of a hill in the Serra de S‚o Mamede. Still surrounded by medieval walls, (even a medieval atmosphere) it has stunning views of the Spanish Frontier.

Mertola: An ancient little town which is picturesquely set on the slopes above the left bank of the River Guadiana.

Portalegre: Set on a plateau in the S‚o Mamede mountains, it has many shops and industries. For example, it contains the largest manufacturer of tapestries in Europe.

Redondo: Famous for its pottery, everything from clay casseroles to complete sets of tableware, all of which are inexpensive but rather fragile.

Reguengos de Monsaraz: Another town where few tourists go, but which has spectacular views of the region. Sample some good local wines.

Serpa: A busy agricultural town, famous for the creamy Serpa cheese (Queijo de Serpa)

Vila Nova de Milfontes: A lovely little town at the mouth of the River Mira, with good beaches.