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From the Spanish border to the clear blue ocean, Alentejo is a place of Mediterranean forest, olive groves and hilltop villages in which traditional lifestyles survive, far from the tourist trail.

Special places to stay

It’s not every day you get to plonk yourself down for dinner at a rural Portuguese pousada with an uninterrupted sunset view over vast green plains and shadowy hills rolling out to distant Spanish horizons is it? You may not, as Jose Saramago suggested, be able to see the whole world from Marvão, but this border-straddling view we’ll do us nicely, thank you. Particularly when it comes with good company, delicious food and a big, smoky Alentejan red.

For all the charms of the countryside and coast, we understand that getting the downtime right, when you’re at your most relaxed after a good day’s exploring or walking, is just as important as what happens during the day.

Before your travels take you to Marvão and those big vistas across to Spain, chances are you’ll have been looked after by Carla, whose vegetarian cuisine is enough to delight even the most dedicated of carnivores. Hers is an old Alentejan country house, converted with obvious care and attention to detail into the cosiest of three-bedroom guest houses.

Dropped next to the gentle tinkle of a small river, on the old coffee smuggling route into Spain, its sense of place is absolutely spot on.

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The perfect coastal retreat in Alentejo
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Not a bad place to rest up after a good day's exploring

On a similar vain, in Castelo de Vide there’s the restored 18th century manor house, protected as a Portuguese National Monument and now run by fourth-generation family members. Jumping over to the coast, Angela and Luis go one better as fifth-generation owners in their beautifully restored farmhouse, washed over by a warm sea breeze and an all-pervading sense of absolute tranquility.

It’s the sort of the place you can come for a night or two, and accidentally end up staying for a week. And who could blame you? There’s nothing like a picture-perfect pool, a tempting selection of cocktails and gins chalked up on the board and the blanket of stars which emerges after sundown to take the edge right off a hard day of coastal walking.

Tempting? We'd love to take you through it all.

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Exceptional Holidays

From the moment you start planning to the lifelong memories you bring back, your holiday will be truly exceptional and tailored to a degree that is difficult for others to achieve.

Beautifully Local

Your holiday will be deeply rooted into its local surroundings, from the people you meet and the places you stay, to the food on your plate and the wine in your glass.

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As one of the first travel companies in the UK to certify as a B Corp, we ensure your holiday will have a positive impact for the planet, our partners and the places you visit.

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