Imagine yourself lost in golden plains, rolling hillsides and lime-green vineyards, surrounded by century-old farming traditions, wine estates and cork tree forests. Welcome to Alentejo, a place where life follows a slow rhythm and people value simplicity; an untouched region, yet to be discovered for meetings and incentives.
Although Alentejo is the largest region in Portugal it hosts relatively few international events, when compared to the ever so popular meeting and incentive destinations of Lisbon, Algarve and Porto. This gives the province of Alentejo more reason to shine as a unique destination with a well-preserved heritage and surrounded by natural beauty. Alentejo is living proof that rural and remote destinations are quite the contrary of lifeless. The region prides itself in its distinct cultural identity, which is sensed wherever you go; from architectural gems that dot its serene landscape to the delicious, yet humble cuisine. The rich history is evident in its many fascinating attractions, Palaeolithic carvings, Visigothic churches and fragments from Roman conquerors.
The home of Portuguese comfort food
Alentejo is your go-to destination in Portugal for traditional comfort food. Gastronomic delights are plentiful, applying a simplistic approach, using traditional cooking methods and high-quality local ingredients to create unique, tasty meals. Regional specialties include the finest of pork, game, bread, cheese, wine and seafood along the coast; always complemented by fresh herbs from the fields and seasonal vegetables. Mouthwatering dessert recipes have been passed on by generations and typically originated in convents, using eggs, almonds and dried fruits.
The beauty of simplicity
True to the unique identity of the region, the people of Alentejo take pride in welcoming meeting and incentive travelers as friends to beautifully converted private houses, medieval castles, former convents and private estates. The region of Alentejo highly values giving visitors an authentic accommodation experience to discover and enjoy the beauty of simplicity.
Many of these properties can be booked exclusively for meeting and incentive groups and offer capacities ranging from 10 to 50 bedrooms (single or double).
The best way to visit this extensive region is to plan for a 3 to 4 day stay, in 1-2 properties. Spend some time to discover the midlands and end your visit by the ocean.
Activities for Meeting and Incentive Groups
Take an early morning hot air balloon flight and end the day stargazing at one of the most beautiful dams in Europe. Indulge in the award-winning wines and gastronomical experiences. Visit the iconic white villages. Learn something new and make your own bread, liquors and organic soaps. Collect olives from the many groves, take part in an olive oil tasting and discover an array of truly local recipes.
Wake up to the smell of rice fields, ride a horse on a beach, dine with breathtaking sunset views and fresh seafood delicacies. These are only some of the many unique things to discover in Alentejo, the gold region of Portugal.
Get there before everyone else discovers how amazing Alentejo is for meetings and incentives.
ECMPortugal specializes in unique and bespoke programs for meetings, incentives and corporate events throughout Portugal. Please get in touch with our events team on firstname.lastname@example.org for a tailored Alentejo itinerary.