Alentejo is known for being the largest region in Portugal, being mostly rural, occupying about a third of the national territory. As it enjoys an extensive area, Alentejo is divided into sub-regions such as Alto Alentejo, Central Alentejo, Baixo Alentejo and Alentejo Litoral. Its beauty is due to its beautiful fields and stunning landscapes, full of leisure options and breathtaking views. In addition, the typical gastronomy of this region is one of the most authentic in Portugal, and is directly linked to products from the countryside, which originate fresh and very rich meals.
in flavor and tradition.
Our sub-region, Baixo Alentejo, is known for enjoying a beautiful and endless horizon. Bordered to the north by the Central Alentejo sub-region, to the south by the Algarve district, to the east by Spain and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, Baixo Alentejo enjoys a unique location full of unique characteristics. Its location has been historically important, making it a crossing point for different cultures and civilizations over the centuries.
The Mediterranean climate has found its home in Baixo Alentejo, the hot, dry summers and mild winters provide an exceptional climate. The abundance of hours of sunshine throughout the year, together with the Atlantic influence, contribute to creating an extremely pleasant and moderate climate. Furthermore, this climate is responsible for ensuring a favorable environment for the cultivation of a wide variety of high-quality agricultural products, such as cereals, oils and wines, which are the expression of the terroir and the result produced by the indigenous grape varieties grown here. .
The Baixo Alentejo sub-region is blessed with a rich cultural and historical heritage, reflected in cities and towns that have well preserved their main points of attraction. About thirty minutes south of our home, Vidigueira, is the city of Beja, capital of the district with the same name, one of the most emblematic cities of this sub-region. Its history dates back to periods before Christ, having its foundation attributed to the Celts. In the city, the historic center is the protagonist, the Castle of Beja, the museums and several other monuments reflect the beautiful history and tradition of different peoples
who left their mark there.
In addition, the unique gastronomy of this sub-region is influenced by Mediterranean cuisine, and it is from this place that the highest quality products derived from the olive tree originate. As for the sweets, they are truly lost, one of the typical sweets of this sub-region is the Almond Cake from the Convento da Vidigueira, a cake made mainly from whole eggs and egg yolks, almonds and powdered cinnamon, resulting in an Alentejo delicacy that is simple to eat. be done.
As a curiosity, one of the most appreciated particularities of our culture is the Cante Alentejano. Considered Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, this artistic expression characteristic of Baixo Alentejo is known for being sung in groups and in the form of a choir, with predominantly male voices. The choir is composed of a group of voices that create a unique melody, without using any type of musical instrument. One of its characteristics is polyphony, that is, the combination of voices in different melodies and rhythms that harmoniously intertwine, with each voice playing its specific role, resulting in a beautiful art that reflects, in its lyrics, the soul and cultural richness there is so much present.
Our sub-region of Baixo Alentejo is charming and diverse. With its strong identity, it is the ideal place to visit and explore the beautiful landscapes, as well as enjoy the authentic Alentejo cuisine and marvel at the authenticity of its emblematic wines that express the true Alentejo soul.