Located between the capital Lisbon and the popular Algarve region to the south, Alentejo, with its great western shoreline,is picture-postcard Portugal. From the coast, with its great Atlantic rollers , to its inland forests of cork oaks and pretty villages with their red tiled roofs, this is classic Portugal.
The capital of the Alentejo region is Evora, a small city of just over 50,000 inhabitants, which is a popular tourist destination. The city, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a well-preserved old centre, medieval city walls, and other historic monuments that include a second century Roman temple, a thirteenth century gorthic cathedral, and the historic Praça do Geraldo square.
A large part of the coastline of Alentejo is protected as the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, which extends from Sines to Cape St. Vincent in the Algarve. Over 100 km. from north to south, this coastline offers vast expanses of deserted sandy beaches, flanked by sand dunes and low cliffs.
Like neighboring Andalucia (Spain), the Alentejo region can experience very hotdays in summer. The hottest temperture recorded in Evora was over 46°C.... But generally speaking extreme hot weather does not last so long in Alentejo, as winds off the Atlantic bring temperatures down.