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Alentejo is a south-central region of Portugal. Its name's origin, "Além-Tejo", literally translates to "Beyond the Tagus" or "Across the Tagus". The region is separated from the rest of Portugal by the Tagus river, and extends to the south where it borders the Algarve. Alentejo is a region known for its polyphonic singing groups, comparable to those found on Sardinia and Corsica.

Its main cities are Évora (region's capital), Santarém (formerly belonging to Ribatejo region), Portalegre, Beja, and Sines.
The landscape is mostly one of soft rolling hills and plains, with cork oaks and olive trees, or the occasional vine. To the east of Portalegre is the Parque Natural da Serra de São Mamede, a Nature Park Area that includes charming medieval villages that have changed very little from those days. In the south near Mértola is another Nature Park Area named Parque Natural do Vale Guadiana. This is mainly uninhabited and a contrast to the other above. To the west, the coastal strip that runs from the port of Sines down to Cabo de São Vicente is the Southwest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park.
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ALCACER DO SAL FEATURED HOTELS, ALENTEJO, PORTUGAL
Alcácer do Sal is a municipality in Portugal, located in the district of Setúbal. It is one of the largest Portuguese municipalities in area. The city proper includes two parishes and has a population of 6,602 and the municipality is composed of 6 parishes.

The present Mayor is Pedro Manuel Igrejas da Cunha Paredes (Socialist), who was elected after a long period of rule by the Portuguese Communist Party.  The municipal holiday is June 24, the day of Saint John the Baptist.

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Ordem De Santiago, Álcacer do Sal
a prime location, this is the ideal place from which to discover the treasures of the Land of the Enchanted Moorish Princess, surrounded by stunning nature, history and culture. This ancient building, completely restored with contemporary décor, offers a warm and personalized atmosphere marked by good taste, attention to details and service to guests. A panoramic bar overlooking the river and city, a reading room and meetings rooms complement the offer. Easily reached from the A2 motorway, just 90 km from Lisbon, Ordem de Santiago has a privileged location between the sea and the countryside. Half hour from the Comporta beach, this is the ideal starting point for several cultural, recreation and/or sportive programmes. 
Pousada de Álcacer do Sal Dom Afonso II, Álcacer do Sal
Pousada de Alcacer do Sal - D. Afonso II Located not far from Lisbon, in the Álcacer do Sal castle. At this site, with 5000 years of History, that go back to the later Neolithic period, we come across a variety of important cultural remains, such as Phoenician, Arab or even Roman. This Pousada overlooks the river Sado, which runs through a vast green valley.  The restaurant of the Pousada D. Afonso II in Alcácer, decorated with modern elements, surrounded by a mystic ambiance, offers fantastic meals.
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ALVITO FEATURED HOTELS, ALENTEJO, PORTUGAL
Alvito - Busy region since the Roman  time, of which archaeological vestiges are diverse, the first documentary references are found from the donation of this area, from Alfonso III of Portugal (1248-1279) to his chancellor-mor, Estevão Anes, about 1255.  Alvito housed the sovereign in 1265, getting, according to custom, the inherent privileges, confirmed for letter-regal. Without heirs, Estevão Anes bequeathed in will to the Order of the Trindade, the town, the castle and the lands of Alvito, what indicates the existence of a structure of previous blockhouse in the place, to the time. 

The progress of the village is certified by the institution, in 1296, of an annual fair.  In 1475, D. Afonso V (1438-1481) granted the title of baron of Alvito to Fernandes João da Silveira , employee whose descendants would come to be titleholders as marquises. Few years later, in 1482 , the sovereign granted to the baron and its wife the right to construct to a castle, granting to them the landlord of the village and the neighbouring towns there.

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Pousada de Alvito, Castelo de Alvito, Alvito
With the restoration of an unusual 15th century castle in Alvito, the beautiful Pousada Alvito Hotel was born. The castle is presented as a building of military architecture and residence, where is possible to identify Islamic gothic and manuelina influences.  The Pousada is a historic luxury hotel that honours the culture of the region, not only by its atmosphere, but also by its traditional gastronomy and wines. What used to be the agricultural land of a medieval castle, is now a superb garden.  The village near the city of Beja (about 30 km of distance), in the past it was a very important location, having been home of a royal pousada.
ARRAIOLOS FEATURED HOTELS, ALENTEJO, PORTUGAL
The small town of Arraiolos has 3,351 inhabitants and is located in Arraiolos Municipality in Évora District in Portugal.

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Pousada de Arraiolos - Nossa Senhora da Assunção Arraiolos
The Pousada Arraiolos Hotel, Nossa Sra. Assunção, is an example of perfect harmony between the traditional and modern concepts of Portuguese architecture, adapting the austerity of a convent to today's standards of comfort and well-being. The starting point for this Pousada was the restoration of a sixteenth century convent situated in a valley in Arraiolos, a city that is world-famous for its carpets. This luxury hotel in Arraiolos is a wonderful excuse to get to know the traditional art of carpet-making. 
BEJA FEATURED HOTELS, ALENTEJO, PORTUGAL
Beja is a city in the Beja Municipality in the Alentejo region, Portugal. The municipality has a total area of 1,147.1 km² and a total population of 34,970 inhabitants. The city proper has a population of 21,658.

The municipality is composed of 18 parishes, and is the capital of the Beja District. The present Mayor is Francisco Santos, elected by the Unitarian Democratic Coalition. The municipal holiday is Ascension Day. The Portuguese Air Force has an airbase in the area - the Air Base No. 11.

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Pousada de Beja - São Francisco
In the former 13th century Franciscan Convent located in the heart of the historical centre of Beja, we find the impressive Pousada Beja Hotel, São Franscisco. The first records of this Convent, date from the 10th November of 1268, marking the donation of lands, for its construction, from Paio Pires to Lopo Esteves.  This luxury hotel in Beja combines the mystic monument with the needs of today's standards of well-being and comfort. The Pousada has an excellent service and offers the best regional grastronomy in its restaurant. The environment allows guests to relax both body and mind. A true oasis in the Alentejo plain. 

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