Steeped in archaeological significance, Évora boasts rock engravings of the Gruta do Escoural and the haunting stone circle of the Cromeleque dos Almendres. Find yourself transported back in time to the age of the country’s first inhabitants of 25,000 years ago.
Follow the minor roads until you come across the Roman villa of São Cucufate. Then why not enjoy some authentic Alentejo cuisine, which is perfected in the cookery school of Refúgio da Vila in Portel before finding an Alentejo hill farm to spend the night?
Close to Ourique, follow the Castro da Cola. This circular tour will take you to 30 different places around the River Mira, which is also an excellent spot for a refreshing swim or even a boat trip.
As you head towards the coast, be sure to visit the ruins of the Roman city of Miróbriga, which boasts the country’s only complete hippodrome.
And at each archaeological site, soak up the atmosphere and the immense Alentejo landscape.