Bradt Travel Guide: Alentejo is the first full guide to the raw, beguiling heartland of southern Portugal. Dividing the Alentejo into three distinct sections, with detailed maps and itineraries suitable for all seasons, Bradt Travel Guide: Alentejo offers by far the fullest and most complete coverage of the Alentejo region available. Aimed primarily at independent travellers and holidaymakers of all ages and on all budgets, it caters for nature lovers and hikers, history and archaeology enthusiasts, and anyone interested in discovering one of the least explored regions of western Europe. Regional food and wine specialities are also covered, along with details of the Alentejo's extraordinary range of accommodation, which is intricately bound with the region's history, from historic castles, palaces and monasteries converted into hotels and pousadas, to farm stays on cork-growing estates and budget pensoes and albergarias (inns).
PART ONE: GENERAL INFORMATION
Chapter 1: Background information
Chapter 2: Practical information
PART TWO: THE GUIDE
Chapter 3: Évora & Around
Chapter 4: The Alto Alentejo: Elvas, Estremoz, Evoramonte castle, Redondo, Montemor-o-Novo, Arraiolos, Borba, Vila Viçosa, Alandroal & Juromenha Fort, Monsaraz & Reguengos de Monsaraz, Arronches, São Mamede Natural Park, Portalegre, Castelo de Vide, Marvão,
Chapter 5: The Alentejo Coast: Alcácer do Sal, Tróia and the beaches of the far north, Grândola, Santiago do Cacém and the central beaches, Vila Nova de Milfontes and the Southern Coast
Chapter 4: The Baixo Alentejo: Beja, Alvito, Cuba and the road to Évora, Viana do Alentejo, Serpa, Moura, Alqueva lake, Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana and Castro Verde Special Protection Area, Castro Verde, Almodovar, Mertola
Appendix 1: Language
Appendix 2: Glossary of Portuguese and technical terms, food and drink glossary
Appendix 3: Further Reading
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Alex Robinson has been visiting, writing about and photographing Portugal for more than twenty years. His work has been published in magazines including the Sunday Times, Wanderlust, Budget Travel and Viagem e Turismo – Brazil's premier travel publication. He is the only British journalist to win Brazil's prestigious Editora Abril journalism award, is the joint recipient of a U.S National Magazine Award, a Croatian Golden Pen and a Friends of the Earth International photography award. Long delighted that he could visit the Alentejo and share its beaches, castles and fine dining restaurants only with the warm and welcoming locals, Alex decided in 2014 that he was being selfish. He wrote this book as penance. And he hopes to meet you over a glass of Adega de Borba in one of Europe's finest and most forgotten corners sometime soon.