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Alentejo

(əlāntā`zho͝o), historic province, SE Portugal, now divided into Altro (Upper) Alentejo (4,888 sq mi/12,660 sq km) and Baixo (Lower) Alentejo (5,318 sq mi/13,774 sq km). The capital of Altro Alentejo is ÉvoraÉvora
, town (1991 pop. 38,938), capital of Évora dist. and of Altro Alentejo, S central Portugal. It is the commercial center of a fertile agricultural area. Cork and textiles are produced and iron, copper, and marble are mined.
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, and the capital of Baixo Alentejo is BejaBeja
, town (1991 pop. 20,005), S Portugal, capital of Beja dist. and Baixo Alentejo. It is an important regional trade center with copper, silver, lead, and zinc mining nearby. Beja was important under the Romans, who called it Pax Julia.
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. The historic province has been further subdivided into the districts of Beja, Évora, and most of Setúbal and Portalegre. Alentejo, "the granary of Portugal," is drained by the Guadiana River and tributaries of the Sado River. Sheep, horses, cattle, and hogs are raised, and wheat, grains, olives, and fruits are grown. Alentejo produces over half of the world's cork. There are significant wind and solar electrical generation facilities in the region. Alentejo was involved in Portugal's many wars with Castile. The name was formerly spelled Alemtejo.
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The Baja Portalegre 500 cross-country rally is being held in the Portalegre municipality of the Alentejo region in the eastern part of Portugal, near the Spanish border, from October 22-24.
Starting in the historic town square of Evora, in the Alentejo region, Ambassador Sherman and a team of motorcycle riders from the U.
Barely 100 Garvonesa were left when the Swiss couple decided to sell up their brewery business in Winterthur and buy 70 hectares of farmland in Portugal's Alentejo region, 20 miles south of Evora, to fulfil a dream.
This B&B in the Alentejo region is designed to be stylish but relaxing.
Monumental Evora - capital of the Alentejo region and a Unesco World Heritage Site - is only second to Lisbon in its number of important Portuguese monuments.
My dad's tales of his amazing boating trips with his mates inspired me to book a weekend for us to sail the Alqueva Lake in the Alentejo region of Portugal for his birthday.
I was at Amieira Marina on the Great Alqueva Lake in Portugal's little known Alentejo region, about 90 minutes south east of Lisbon.
ONLY mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the midday sun - and Englishwomen on bicycles, if you happen to hit an autumn heat-wave in Portugal's Alentejo region.
The Alentejo region of Portugal has an ageing population and obviously most of them were here at the doc's for attention and a good natter, like a tea-dance without music but with ointments
I discovered that this clay--dug from the northern Alentejo region of Portugal, southwest of Lisbon--was thought to have magical properties, and anything made from it was therefore considered highly desirable.
Another wine from the Alentejo region in the south that's available here is Pias.
Willamette Valley Vineyard's cork stoppers will come from one of four currently FSC-certified cork forests, three of which were certified by the Rainforest Alliance, the first of which being Fruticor -- a group of small landowners and managers -- that was certified by the Rainforest Alliance in early 2005 in the Alentejo region of Portugal.