The Alentejo, meaning ‘land beyond the Rio Tejo’ (or Tagus River) can be described as Portugal’s garden. Most of the region is covered with massive cork plantations, wheat fields and vineyards and it offers quite a few unexpected surprises from ancient obelisks and impressive castles to Roman ruins and rugged Atlantic beaches. The region’s major attractions are its impressive fortified towns of Evora and Elvas, both of which have UNESCO World Heritage status. Furthermore, Alentejo is a top destination for traditional food such as game, wine, cheese and seafood that will tickle your senses! The laid-back region of Alentejo will captivate you with its rich history, rustic vibe and unspoiled surroundings.