A paradise of great landscapes to lose sight of, vineyards and olive groves, secret beaches, a unique gastronomy, with good wines to accompany. It has long been said that in Alentejo time stands still, it does not seem to exist. Find out where to sleep, taste and rest in this region of Portugal.

Spa:
Herdade do Amarelo
This spa is different. It was made to create a direct relationship with nature and animals. In the heart of the Natural Park of Costa Vicentina, near Vila Nova de Mil Fontes, the outdoor spa of Herdade do Amarelo has suspended jacuzzis, two saltwater pools with waterfall and mountain views. The turkish bath is set inside a small whitewashed houses, and massage beds are available on beds littered by a lighted wooden path.

Wineries:

Ribafreixo Wines
In Vidigueira, in Beja, is the cellar of Ribafreixo Wines, a modern space of 4 thousand square meters, inaugurated in 2012. The modern vision, thinking of the future of wine tourism, is present in the contemporary lines of architecture. The winery includes a leisure area where guests can enjoy a glass of wine and enjoy the view of the vineyards, a wine tasting room, a wine shop and a gourmet restaurant where chef Paula Caetano cooks Alentejo dishes with a touch of refinement. Here, several renowned wines such as Gáudio, Pato Frio and Connections are produced.

Adega José de Sousa (Group José Maria da Fonseca)
In the heart of the Alentejo and in the city known for producing the best Portuguese wines, stands the centenary Adega José de Sousa. In the center of Reguengos de Monsaraz you can visit the winery where wines such as Ripanço, Montado, José de Sousa Mayor or José de Sousa are produced. With 114 clay amphorae, a method of ancestral fermentation that the cellar maintains, it also uses more advanced technologies such as stainless steel tanks.

Adega da Herdade do Esporão
From a flat landscape of 700 hectares of vineyards and olive groves stands out the Torre do Esporão, a white building cut out like a wall, built in the fifteenth century. This is also the image we know of the wines labels Esporão, such as Monte Velho or the Defense. You can taste these and other wines in the great Herdade do Esporão, which offers visits: to the winery, the Arch of the Esporão and the Hermitage of Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, as well as to the Torre do Esporão, and to the cellars of stage, where they rest 1 500 barrels Bordeaux and French oak trees. There is also tasting of olive oil from four varieties of olives, coming from this estate that integrates the Rota dos Vinhos and DOC Reguengos de Monsaraz.

Staying:
Convento do Espinheiro, Evora

In the place of a convent of the XV century was born the Hotel Convento do Espinheiro - The Luxury Collection Hotel & Spa, a space full of history, 2 km from Évora and Unesco's National Heritage city. The hotel includes 92 rooms, several gardens, Divinus, restaurant located in the former convent cellar, the Cisterna Wine Bar in a former gothic cistern, and the piano bar, located in the monks' old kitchen. Connected by large, white-walled corridors, the hotel's rooms combine warm medieval decor with ornate furniture, a modern luxury that is present in the refinement of the décor. In 2016, it was considered one of the three best resorts in the Iberian Peninsula by the World's Best Awards of Travel + Leisure, a North American publication specialized in tourism and leisure.

Alentejo Marmòris Hotel, Vila Viçosa
This exclusive luxury hotel, located in historic Vila Viçosa, has marble as the protagonist of the construction and decoration of the space, were it not Vila Viçosa considered the capital of marble. The Alentejo Marmòris Hotel includes 45 rooms, 5 of which are suites, with fully marble bathrooms, the Stone Spa and the Narcissus Fernandesii restaurant, where chef Alexandre Silva cooks dishes with the best Alentejo products.

L’and Vineyards, Montemor
This 5 stars tourist village has carried the contemporary architecture of the author up to the natural landscape of the Alentejo. In a "sober luxury" style, L'and Vineyards has 22 suites, all with private terraces, fireplace and views of the lake, 10 sky view suites, which allow you to enjoy the beauty of the Alentejo sky and 12 land view suites. With a clean décor, which was taken care of by Márcio Kogan, the rooms mix a scandinavian design with influences from the 70s. The village also includes a wine cellar, a spa, a Michelin-starred restaurant and offers a series of unforgettable experiences: take part in courses on wine production or organic cooking, enjoy boating or hot air balloon rides, wine tastings and yoga classes.

Torre de Palma Wine Hotel, Monforte
Near the village of Vaiamonte its located the traditional Torre de Palma Wine Hotel. It is a member of Design Hotels and an author project, by the architect João Mendes Ribeiro. Worn in white, like a true Alentejo house, this charming hotel includes 19 rooms, a cinema room, a chapel, a riding stables, a biological vegetable garden, an orchard, a vineyard, an olive grove and a small forest. In Basili Restaurant, inspired by a wealthy family that lived in the Roman Villa of Torre da Palma, you can taste the best Alentejo gastronomy, by the hands of chef Filipe Ramalho. Two hours from Lisbon, the Torre de Palma offers an experience centered on the region's wine culture and contact with nature. The rooms are modern and contemporary, decorated by Rosarinho Gabriel, combining elements of wood and cork with the colors of Alentejo and simplistic and sophisticated decoration.

Restaurants:
Malhadinha Nova Wine & Gourmet, Albernoa
In the kitchen of Malhadinha Nova Wine & Gourmet, led by Michelin star chef Joachim Koerper, and with the collaboration of resident chef Bruno Antunes, there are modern tasting menus with local Alentejo products. Joining the traditional to the contemporary, in a combination of the wisdom of chef Joachim Koerper and the fresh and regional products, many of them produced right there in the Herdade da Malhadinha Nova. In a cozy space, in harmony with the outdoors, are served dishes such as the Algarve's red mullet, the mediterranean puff pastry and the olives of the estate, or Malhadinha's biological honey with granola, roasted apple, homemade apple ice cream and fresh Albernoa cheese .

Cais da Estação, Sines
The Quay of the Station came from the recovery of an old warehouse of goods of the train station of Sines.  This aspect assures the traditional component of the space, as well as the dishes, inspired by traditional Alentejo cuisine. But there is also refinement and traces of gastronomic modernity. With a simplistic decoration, with elements related to the wine culture and the fish and seafood of the Vincentian coast, Estação do Cais offers dishes that honor the best Alentejo products, such as a typical portuguese food “farinheira”, clams, black pork or cuttlefish. And, of course, the best wines in the area. In 2013, the portuguese seafood dish “arroz de lingueirão” with fried cuttlefish was considered one of the best in the Best Rice contest in Portugal.

Cardo, Ecorkhotel, Évora
At the Ecorkhotel, a sustainable cork-lined hotel, the Cardo restaurant also doesn’t escape the environmental concerns that govern as resort activities. Starting with the view of the restaurant, a monastery with animals and the organic garden of the hotel, where some products used in the kitchen come out. The flavors are all Mediterranean, from the region and the season, such as the vegetable garden fish, jackfruit, shrimp, belly, pork baits, pea puree, or apple and black pudding. Under the guidance of chef Pedro Soudo, in a typical Alentejo area, with a cork wall and straw chairs, the Cardo offers a different meal, which is not exhausted during the tasting of the dishes. In this restaurant, the landscape and the environment blend with the gastronomic experience.

26 december 2017

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