With our go-to guide, you’ll have no trouble tracking down the golden coves, juicy seafood, rich wines and landmarks that make this rural region in Portugal tick.
Sandwiched between city break hotspot Lisbon and the family-magnet Algarve, the Alentejo is a thick, diverse wedge of central Portugal where you can mix and match sun-drenched beaches with picturesque hill towns and fertile vineyards. This is Portugal off the beaten track: where intrepid drivers can pootle to ancient ruins and Atlantic-view fish restaurants, resting at whitewashed guesthouses and sweet rental cottages in between sampling the local vintages, juicy seafood platters and rich, custardy desserts.
Foodies will be delighted to hear that there’s a coastal drive so tasty, it’s simply known as the Fish Route. Skimming south from Comporta, through Porto das Barcas and ending up on the Costa Vicentina, it ticks off swish fish restaurants around Setúbal, low-key crab patties in fishing port Sines, plump langoustines and clams in rustic-chic Vila Nova de Milfontes, and destination restaurant O Sacas, where you’re served lemon-drizzled catch of the day at the end of a jetty. The locals have also mapped out easy-going routes around the area’s best wineries, most ravishing beaches and prettiest small towns.
See more of what Alentejo has to offer with a luxurious stay at a beautiful hotel, bookable through Culture Trip. If you need more inspiration for what to do in the region, explore local wineries, sample delicious cuisine or check out our other recommendations of the best things to see and do in Alentejo.