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Warm and wide-horizoned, Alentejo's beautiful rural scenery, which changes colour dramatically with the light, is one of its big draws. Reeling you in to the slow, relaxed pace of life here amongst the vineyards, white towns (where many of the best places to stay in the Alentejo can be found) and the megalithic monuments.

Alentejo covers almost a third of Portugal, from the Atlantic coast to the Spanish border and the Algarve, but it has only about seven percent of the population. And its charming old white towns, where nothing has changed for decades, are sparsely dotted amongst olive groves and cork forests. Alentejo's beaches are beautiful and on a road trip along white cliffs and virginal coasts you'll feel like you're the only people in the world.

It is a relative unknown but vast, so there are plenty of accommodation options. Some of the best places to stay in the Alentejo are the wonderful old farmhouse complexes. Whitewashed and traditional, many now boast all the mod. cons. and have been chicly styled, but are still inexpensive. The Pousadas de Portugal hotels are good options too. These state run hotels occupy stunning old buildings often religious buildings or castles, and are priced affordably.

Best places to stay in the Alentejo

Remote, Rural and Romantic Alentejo

The best way to sell it is to say the Alentejo is like Tuscany before everyone visited. But much, much bigger. Places here feel, and treasure, their rural heritage. If you're here looking for a beach just for two, have no fear, there will be plenty to choose from. And one of the best places to start looking from is Vila Nova de Mil-Fontes.

  • Monte de Fornalha is perfect if you're looking for a rustic retreat. Set in amongst the vineyards, this whitewashed farmhouse has been tastefully and traditionally decorated. And with three rooms and three suites, as well as a peaceful pool and terrace, this is one of the best places to stay in Alentejo for those who want to escape the rest of the world.
  • If you're looking for remote and romantic, the Casa da Ermida de Santa Catarina is a top Hotel Guru choice. It's right on a beautiful lake in the spectacular Parque Natural de Serra de Sao. A fair way off the beaten track, yet with plenty to keep you occupied including wine tasting, nature and fabulous walking.

Food and wine lovers Alentejo

Vhino verde accompanied by sardines and shellfish on the barbecue, Alentejo's cuisine is a pleasant surprise to many. Yes, it's rustic, and not fancy, but it's also fresh, local and original. If you're here for the wine follow the Rota dos Vinhos do Alentejo, or Alentejo Wine Route through the vineyards.

  • Wine enthusiasts should book the Herdade da Malhadinha Nova. This restored farmhouse, and gourmet restaurant, is on a 450 hectare, family-owned wine estate. The ten rooms and suites are stylish and modern. The emphasis here is definitely on the food and wine - this is definitely one of the best places to stay in Alentejo for foodies.

Historic Alentejo

As well as being UNESCO listed, Evora is also the largest town in the region. Its two thousand year old Templo Romano is an exceptionally fine Roman monument, and it has a chapel of the bones featuring the skulls of around five thousand former locals. Just out of town is the Cromeleque dos Almedres, one of the largest megalithic structures in Europe: an oval of around one hundred granite monoliths.

The ancient walled town of Marvão, with its wonderful castle and museum, is also worth visiting.

  • For five star luxury and high design, book a room in M'Ar de AR Aqueduto. It's also got a spa and full restaurant facilities. And is right in the heart of Evora.

Active Alentejo

The flat countryside makes hiking and biking a pleasure, though the more traditional way of exploring the place is on horseback…

  • If your idea of rural includes opportunities to fish, or play golf, or surf, or play tennis, or ride a horse - or a bike, or birdwatch etc., then Casas do sal is one of the best places to stay in Alentejo for you. In addition to all the energetic activities, this wonderfully colourful country house is also well located to local markets. Casas do sal has eight rooms, eight suites and four self catering apartments, so it also works well for larger groups.
  • Surfers should book Herdade do reguenguinho - this colourfully decorated B&B is only 10 miles from some of the region's best surf beaches. And it's close to Sto Andre, so golfers will be happy too.
  • If you're looking for great value, we'd recommend the Hotel Convento de Sao Paolo. Once a convent and now a country house hotel set amongst vineyards, the Hotel Convento has plenty of whitewashed-antique-furniture charm. And with tennis, walking, and biking on offer, this is ideal for active families.

Still undecided? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in the Alentejo., or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Alternatively have a look at The Hotel Guru recommendations for the Algarve.

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  • Estalagem de Monsaraz


    A rustic inn perched on a mountain ledge with stunning valley views. Charming rooms and suites have stone floors, wooden furnishings, and private balconies. Lovely terraces, swimming pool, gardens, and restaurant. Great for families or couples on a budget.

    18 rooms
    Views  -  Beautiful valley views.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Sights nearby  -  Well located for major sights.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Cerca do Sul

    Brejão, Alentejo

    A charming country house B&B with a communal kitchen, gardens, pool, and children's playground. Farmhouse chic bedrooms are excellent value and extra beds can be included. Within striking distance of beaches. A great choice for a budget family beach holiday.

    7 rooms from $66
    Value chic
    Great walks  -  The village of Odeceixe calls for a nice walk through the main square and narrow streets.
    Sights nearby  -  Aljezur is 15 minutes away with quite a few attractions.
  • Hotel Convento de Sao Paolo

    Redondo, Alentejo

    A lovely country house hotel, formerly a convent, surrounded by vineyards. Elegant rooms and suites have white washed walls, killim rugs, and antique furniture. Pool, restaurant, bar and children's activities. Family friendly and great value.

    16 rooms from $71
    Value chic
    Views  -  Amazing views over the surrounding countryside
    Sights nearby  -  Museum on site!
  • Pousada de D Joao IV

    Vila Viçosa, Alentejo

    A luxurious mansion of Five Star status. Elegant bedrooms centred around a balustraded garden, swimming pool, and excellent traditional cuisine. A very special spot ideally suited to couples and families.

    39 rooms from $85
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Castelo de Vila Vicosa and Paco Ducal, Jardim de San Pedro and Castelo Do Alandroal.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
  • Herdade da Matinha


    A delightful family-run country house surrounded by verdant hills and not far from the beach. Fabulous farm-fresh food and summer lunches are the hub of the house. Simple but chic rooms with terraces, a swimming pool, gardens, and horses to explore the area on. The perfect country escape.

    20 rooms from $87
    Wellbeing  -  Fresh air, good food, and communal dining; it's all about simple pleasures!
    Organic food  -  All the ingredients are fresh from the surrounding farm and countryside.
    Country Escape  -  This hotel is all about the simple life in the countryside.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
  • Pousada de beja sao francisco

    Beja, Alentejo

    A charmingly traditional pousada in the countryside. Large rooms and suites, simply furnished, offer lots of space and excellent value. Sprawling gardens, pool area, tennis court, wonderful restaurant. Romantic, family friendly and good value.

    35 rooms from $89
    Sights nearby  -  Beja Public Garden, Convento de Nossa Senhora da Conceicao, Beja Regional Museum, Praca da Republica, Beja Castle
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
  • Casa da Ermida de Santa Catarina

    SANTA EULáLIA, Alentejo

    Fabulously remote and romantic lakeside guesthouse. Boutique rooms and one enormous suite. Stunning views over the lake, sumptuous day beds, and lots to do around; nature, wine tasting, sights. Ideal for a romantic rural retreat, great value too.

    6 rooms from $98
    Value chic
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Monte da Fornalha

    Nr Estremoz, Alentejo

    Wonderfully rustic retreat with romantic gardens and rose draped terraces. White washed on the outside and splashed with pastels on the inside. Giant rooms and suites, lovely pool and deck area, and vineyards nearby. Perfect for a romantic retreat.

    3 rooms from $98
    Value chic
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • A Serenada Enoturismo

    Grândola, Alentejo

    An elegant hotel in the heart of a beautiful winery with cool wine cellar and contemporary bedrooms decorated to complement the natural surroundings. A large terrace with bar, and sitting room with magnificent views are both ideal sundown locations. An intimate hideaway, just 15 mins from the beach.

    4 rooms from $98
    Wine tasting  -  The property makes its own wines and can organise a tour and tasting.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor infinity pool overlooking vineyards
    Surfing  -  Surf lessons at nearby surf school
    Fishing  -  From October 1st until May 30th
  • Casa do Terreiro do Poco

    Borba, Alentejo

    Sophisticated townhouse B&B with lovely gardens and a pool. Classically elegant rooms, suites and one family apartment with eclectic touches. A sweet terrace and lemon tree lined courtyard. Ideal for families and local exploring.

    6 rooms from $104
    Families  -  2 room family apartment.
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Birdwatching  -  Good birding near the hotel.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Casas do sal

    Alcácer do Sal, Alentejo

    Wonderful and colourful rural country house. Bright, cheerful suites and apartments, perfect for families or groups of friends. Lovely pool and communal dining area. Plenty to do in the area; cycling, fishing, riding, golf etc.

    8 rooms from $104
    Value chic
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Remote  -  Off the beaten track.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Monte da Vilarinha


    A lovely family hotel in a stunning valley location surrounded by mountains, beaches, and lakes. A collection of studios, apartments, and lodges with all the mod cons, including DVD players. Large crescent pool, lunch and dinner by arrangement, surrounded by outdoor pursuits.

    from $116
    Families  -  Studios, apartments and lodges perfect for families of all sizes.
    Active Holiday
    Surfing  -  The Costa Vicentina is home to some of Europe's best breaks.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Quinta do Barranco da Estrada

    Santa Clara a Velha, Alentejo

    An idyllic lakeside hideaway, for complete peace and tranquility in beautiful surroundings. A eco friendly building with charming rustic-chic rooms in a warm and friendly atmosphere. The perfect destination for families with a whole host of outdoor activities.

    9 rooms from $109
    Country Escape  -  Tucked away by a stunning lake boasting lovely walks, plenty of watersports and a variety of wildlife and rare birds.
    Families  -  A perfect holiday for all the family with a relaxed vibe and plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained.
    Birdwatching  -  The surrounding Cork Oak forests are home to a wide variety of birds and the owner is professional guide.
    Great walks  -  Make the most of the lovely walks around the lake and bring Frank's dog for an adventure.
    Recommended by  -  Sawdays
  • M'Ar de AR Aqueduto

    Évora, Alentejo

    A Five Star design hotel and spa in the centre of Evora. Phillipe Starke elements, dome ceilings, chrome bedrooms and suites, lots of natural light, and huge bathrooms. Extensive meeting rooms and conference facilities. A luxurious spa spot suited to any city or business traveller.

    64 rooms from $125
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    City Style
    Sights nearby  -  Situated in the centre of UNESCO heritage city Evora
  • Monte do Chora Cascas


    A fantastic country house in a rural setting. Sunny gardens, large swimming pool, beautiful dining area. Romantic rooms in rustic style have cast iron beds, stone floors, and delicate furnishings. The perfect spot for a lazy summer holiday as a family or as a couple.

    7 rooms from $143
    Romantic Break
    Sights nearby  -  Caves of Grutas do Escoural.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Imani Country House

    Guadalupe, Alentejo

    A renovated Portuguese farmhouse replete with every downy comfort. Set in hectares of beautiful gardens, two swimming pools, and sumptuous suites. Total rural relaxation with access to wine tasting, sailing, and biking.

    7 rooms from $148
    Garden  -  Set in two hectares of gardens.
    Eco  -  Everything is green.
    Swimming Pool  -  2 swimming pools.
    Country Escape
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
  • L'And Vineyards

    Montemor-o-Novo, Alentejo

    L'And Vineyards is an elegant hideout with an exclusive feel thanks to the modern guest suites with private court yards and outdoor fire places. The tranquil retreat has a formal garden and a swimming pool with lakeside views. A fine restaurant serves excellent Portugese dishes in a relaxed setting.

    22 rooms from $164
    Sights nearby  -  Town of Montemor-o-Novo.
    Secluded setting  -  For escaping.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Herdade do reguenguinho

    Santiago de Cacém, Alentejo

    A colourful chic B&B 10 miles from the best surfers beach. Hip bedrooms and huge suites with stone walls decorated in colourful paint. Lovely infinity pool and garden. Laid-backed, family friendly, and full of options for an active holiday.

    8 rooms from $175
    Beach Life  -  An excellent base for surf enthusiasts. The owner will point you in the right direction to find the best waves.
    Sights nearby  -  Explore the pretty Roman Evora a World Heritage town.
    Surfing  -  A nearby surf school for all levels.
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
  • Herdade da Malhadinha Nova

    Beja, Alentejo

    A restored farmhouse and gourmet restaurant set on a 450 hectare family-owned wine estate. Contemporary rooms and excellent spa facilities. An ideal choice for foodies, winos and romantics who want to indulge in the latter.

    10 rooms from $273
    Foodies  -  A gourmet menu with fantastic wine.
    Wine tasting  -  450 hectare estate with vineyards.
    Gourmet  -  The emphasis is on food and wine.
    Swimming Pool  -  Lovely Outdoor Pool
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape
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