Secret Portugal – silence and stars are the TrümpfeDer Alentejo in southern Portugal is a perfect Destination for the first flight of the trip to the pandemic. In the chapel of bones, it requires strong nerves.Regula Lienin0 comment The Alentejo Region is wide, quiet and probably more sheep than people: sparsely

The Hinterland of Lisbon, seems predestined for tourists who hate density stress: No 30 people, on average, per square kilometre, unlike in the Portuguese capital, where there are well over 5000. So let’s get out of the metropolis. The ride on the 17 km long Vasco da Gama bridge is impressive. The Tagus river gleams blue, soon, endless Fields and an almost empty motorway. Unmistakable signs that we are now in the Alentejo – in English, beyond the Tagus. The goal of the trip is the small town of Évora, an hour and a half’s drive from Lisbon is.

Surrounded by fields and cork oak trees: The Tvoli Ecoresort in Évora.Photo: PD

The Region that covers a third of continental Portugal, but in the just under eight percent of the country’s population lives, is characterized by the agriculture. Mainly grain and oil crops thrive in the area in which it is dry in the summer-hot and Winter is wet and cold. On the outskirts of évora’s the Tivoli welcomes us Ecoresort, surrounded by fields and cork oaks. The Hotel opened in 2013 and has its own solar system, between the Panels, donkeys and sheep graze. Open all year round, the plant is built with a generous in the width, the suites consist of white, in rows of scale cubes. For the Isolation of the buildings of cork was used. This is hardly surprising, but the South of Portugal is one of the major growing centres of cork oaks.

Located in Evora, we push on to further processing possibilities, the rich about the wine spigot also. Cork is to be seen in many shop Windows, processed into bags, shoes and much more. The city, with 57 000 inhabitants, is the largest of the Alentejo, is on the list of Unesco world cultural heritage. By the Romans, Visigoths the Moors: All have left traces.

Geköpfter Sultan in the city’s coat-of-arms The Roman temple of Évora is part of historic centre of the city, classified by Unesco as a world heritage site.Photo:

Mélanie Wolfram, a historian with German roots, leads knowledgeable by their choice of home. Some of the buildings tell strange stories: The Roman temple (Templo de Diana), says the leader, had once been used as a slaughter house. In the Cathedral, on the rare image of the pregnant Mary statue on the roof of the cloister, in a macabre, stone-carved portrait of your attention: It shows the robber Baron Geraldo with the decapitated Sultan and his daughter – the city’s coat of arms of évora’s.

But before it gets any creepier, it goes to the University from the 16. Century, and to the Praça de Giraldo, the most magnificent square of the city, lined with beautiful houses with arcades. Hard to imagine that he to the early 19th century. Century as a place of execution served. A place of tungsten with any group of tourists from: the bone chapel, which belongs to the Igreja Real de Sao Francisco. Thousands of bones and skulls lining, artfully arranges the Interior.

views of the old town of Monsaraz and the Alqueva lake and dam.Photo:

you will Leave Évora to the East, you encounter vines in place of the fields. The next municipality of Reguengos de Monsaraz, follows only after 40 kilometers, after another 15 kilometers of Monsaraz, a beautiful medieval village. The castle from the Arabs of the time allows for an impressive view: to the West the eye catches the Vastness of the Alentejo to the East are the huge water area of the Alqueva dam, which is 85 kilometers long and part of the border with Spain highlighted.

the art gallery in the Restaurant

The silence is comfortable. In this empty area, noise sources are scarce.
The former olive oil factory Sem-Fim in Reguengos de Monsaraz is long still. Many presses are to be admired still. Tiago Kali Vaart, the trips on the lake with his Dutch barge, ship and Dark Sky experiences offered here in the second Generation, a Restaurant with an integrated art gallery – a place to relax and Enjoy. On the menu of simple, regional dishes: meat, fish, vegetables, hearty soups and sweet Desserts.

When you Leave the Restaurants is another plus point of the area: The sky looks huge, the stars are visible because of the low light pollution extremely well. An Initiative is taking advantage of this and intends to construct a protected area, where Fans hung all the stars and planets are just. Place it has for you is definitely enough.

The trip was supported by Tivoli Hotels & Resorts.

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