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EU referendum: What effect will the result have on your 2016 summer holiday?

On 24 June 2016 the results of the referendum were announced, and the British people have chosen to leave the European Union. Post ‘Brexit (British Exit), life in the holiday business will continue pretty much as usual. Of course in the long term questions about how we travel to/between our

Mertola and the Mina de Sao Domingos

One of the many joys of exploring the Alentejo region of Portugal is the unsung discoveries which you can so easily stumble across. On the two occasions I’ve hired a car in the Alentejo I’ve found villages for which there’s precious little in the way of tourist information,

Culinary delights of the Alentejo region of Portugal

The Alentejo is widely known as the breadbasket of Portugal. My impression of the region is coloured by endless fields, dotted with cork trees casting small shadows under their broad canopies in the scorching sun. I visited first during a rainy week in spring and then again

5 Ideas for Spa Breaks in Portugal

A holiday to Portugal can involve a lot of energy-busting activity, with long-distance walks and bike trails helping to build up visitors’ appetites – even a day of sightseeing up and down the steep hills of Lisbon will burn off enough calories for the occasional custard tart.

Marvao – a marvellous hilltop fortress

Take a drive through the Alentejo region of Portugal and it’s hard to imagine the area as a war zone. Storks’ nests hang precariously on telegraph poles, goats stand idly under cork tree, making the most of the only shelter available from the midday sun. And people go

Life in the slow lane – photos from the Alentejo

Take a walk (or even a drive) around Portugal’s Alentejo region and for much of the time you might find yourself wondering where all the people have gone. The region is sparsely populated and with most visitors to Portugal heading to the southern beaches of the Algarve or

June’s Sunvil Supper Club: Carne de Porco à Alentejana

Originating from the Alentejo this is perhaps one of the most famous Portuguese dishes. The name Carne de Porco à Alentejana was to distinguish that the pork used in the dish is from that region of the country which rears the Black Iberian Pig. The meat from

Top 5 towns of the Alentejo

I recently had the opportunity to re-visit the Alentejo, a captivating region of Portugal often overlooked by visitors to the country. Although you will find many places of interest around this vast area of land, here are five of my favourite places to visit in the Alentejo:

The Alentejo and its rich wine history

For many years visitors have flocked to Portugal for the guarantee of warm sunshine along its long sandy beaches. While the coast still draws the crowds an increasing number of people are coming to Portugal to experience the country’s wines and to visit the vineyards from which

Vidigueira – a brief stop in the heart of the Alentejo

It’s hard not to enjoy driving in the Alentejo. Long straight roads with barely a car in sight, open fields on both sides punctuated by the occasional cork tree, stork nest resting precariously on the telegraph poles and pylons that run far to the distant horizon. And