The Alentejo is a region of striking, often austere beauty. It embraces ancient towns and picturesque fishing villages, rocky mountains and swathes of rugged, untamed coast. The countryside is characterized by white-washed villages, cork and olive orchards, wide open plains and primary colours; bright blue skies, undulating, golden fields of wheat, green rolling hills and ochre-red soil.
The Alentejo is commonly referred to as the bread basket of Portugal and its rich fertile soil have made the region ideal for agricultural and farming. This vast area is divided into 5 main regions Alto (High) Alentejo, the Baixo (Lower) Alentejo, the Alentejo Central, the Alentejo Litoral, and Lezíria do Tejo. The name Alentejo means beyond the Tagus (Tejo) river which serves as a natural border between the northern part of the country and the region extends all the way south to Odeceixe where it borders the Algarve. The coastal area of the Alentejo is commonly referred to as the Blue Coast. The Alentejo offers a wide range of property from historical townhouses, farms and manor houses to modern apartments and seaside villas.
Life inland in the Alentejo is generally more traditional than in coastal areas, although this is gradually changing. The area has a rich cultural heritage and fascinating historic towns includingEvora, Beja, Estremoz, Marvão and Monsaraz. The region is also known for its excellent vineyards and estates. The property market in the Alentejo has good potential for growth, thanks to continuing investment in the region. The building of Alqueva dam has generated new tourism opportunities and several new developments and golf courses are planned for the region. Access will be increased by the new Beja airport that is due to open in 2009.
The Blue Coast is famous for its bottle nosed dolphins around Troia and the Sado estuary and its lovely unspoilt beaches. All in all there are some 60,000 hectares of protected area in this beautiful part of Portugal including the Arrabida Natural Park, the Sado Estuary, the lagoons of Santo Andre and Sancha and the coastal nature reserve of St Vincent. Here you can enjoy all the splendor of Portugal's beaches without the crowds and a laid back lifestyle. The wild beauty of the coast attracts a wide range of home owners from families in search of a simpler life to surfers and artists.
This rich and diverse region is becoming increasingly popular with visitors and residents alike and there is something for everyone. Controlled quality developments have sprung up in theTroia peninsula and throughout this beautiful coast making this a very attractive investment area. The coast is dotted with pretty fishing villages with some of the best known includingSesimbra, Vila Nova de Milfontes and Zambujeira do Mar.
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