TIME MAGAZINE: ALENTEJO IS ONE OF THE WORLD’S GREATEST PLACES 2022
Portugal is a land of legends: Lusas, companion of Bacchus founded it - naming it Lusitania. And the city of Lisbon is named for the hero Ulysses. There are some bits of wrong info that seem to live online, and we, as lovers of all things Portugal, want to help.
When the editors of Condé Nast Traveler voted on the best 'destinations for the world today' they came up with a unique list of just nine places. Only three were in Europe, and one of them was a relative newcomer to the world stage: Portugal’s Alentejo. The Alentejo is the perfect off the beaten path destination that is more than worth the journey. It is like nowhere else.
When served on the plate, no Prato, it is usually accompanied by French fries, rice, a fried egg and salad. Sometimes it can also contain ham, between the steak and the egg.
These are uncertain times, and travel is far from simple. But there are places that are both unique and safe - like Portugal. Portugal is the closest nation in Europe to North America, with easy flights from most North American hubs.
The Portuguese Government yesterday announced that travel to and from the United States is still allowed. The statement by the Ministries of Health, Internal Administration, Foreign Affairs, Defense, Infrastructure and Housing was made on Tuesday in an official dispatch by the Portuguese Government.
George and Amal Clooney loved their vacation at Melides, on the Alentejo coast, so much they are building a home there.
The castle of Mértola is located on the highest point of the village. Even though the castle is of Muslim origin, the current building dates from a reconstruction carried out by the knights of the Order of Santiago after the village was taken by the Christians. The most notable feature of the castle is its 30 meter-high keep tower, finished around 1292, which has an inner hall covered with Gothic vaulting. The defences include a city wall, which still encircles the village.
Portuguese table wines ranked very highly in end-of-the-year reviews in two top wine magazines. These high ratings coincide with a significant increase in sales the wines have seen recently. Over the past three years, sales of Portuguese table wines have increased 40 percent and red wines grew by 125 percent.
The Portuguese government has announced a staged plan to lift restrictions, with all current limits being removed by this October.