The Alentejo covers one third of Portugal and has wonderfully fertile soil making it known as the breadbasket of Portugal. It is an agricultural area of farms and vineyards, reaching south from the Tagus River down to the Algarve and is a relatively new area for international buyers.
At present holiday home owners in the Alentejo are most likely to head to the 30-mile coast and especially the Troia peninsula, one hour south of Lisbon. This coastline saw rapid development over the past decade. New facilities include golf courses, marinas, hotels and many new homes but this remains far more seasonal than the prime towns of the Algarve.
Historic year-round towns in the Alentejo include Evora and Beja defined by traditional Portuguese architecture of whitewashed villas with blue and white tiles. Away from the coastal sea breeze temperatures can soar in summer and life is far more seasonal.