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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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This is "one of the most structuring investments of Portugal 2020" because "it is absolutely essential for us to be able to make a good insertion" of the Alentejo region in Europe, and to "properly value this extraordinary Atlantic platform that the region has that is the port of Sines.
Portugal's Alentejo region is known for its rolling hills, wheat fi elds, vineyards, medieval cities and marble towns.
ON THE first day of cycling around the Alentejo region of Portugal, I was too tired to take proper notes.
A one-hour-and-20-minute drive down the A6 and you arrive in Evora - a UNESCO World Heritage site and the capital of Portugal's southcentral Alentejo region.
It is a quaint town in the rural Alentejo region, terraced with mostly white buildings, some of which are trimmed with a blue or yellow stripe, said to ward off evil.
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.
Sourthern Portugal's Alentejo region ticks all of these boxes, which explains why by the early 20th century, this region had become the world's largest producer of cork, and why today it accounts for roughly half of production around the world.
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.
Second, the wines are very different from the rest of the world, ranging from the very acidic, greenish Vinho Verde of Northern Portugal's cool and rainy Atlantic Coast (made from Alvarinho, a synonym for the Spanish variety Albarino), to the rich, velvety sweet ports of the Douro Valley, to the fizzy rose wines produced near Lisbon in the southwest, to the very ripe and full-bodied wines of the Alentejo region of the south east.
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.