Food and drink
Honest hearty country fare, so expect meaty stews, fresh fish, sold by the kilo, and mounds of vegetables cooked in plenty of garlic and herbs. Also, Alentejo wine is gaining a good reputation these days and you can find some excellent examples of the regional tipple here.
My favourite dish here (or anywhere in Portugal for that matter) is the ameijoas alentejano (clams cooked in a wine, chili, coriander and garlic sauce with pork) – it boasts all that's great about this region's food, mixing delicious inland and coastal produce.
This place is about food and food alone, where cheery meals linger on for hours to the chortle and hum of full-bellied locals.
The waiters are typically relaxed and laid-back, meaning you'll get served with a smile but not in much of hurry.
A little out the way in Alcantara, this place is worth the hike.
It's easy to lose a few hours and fatten up your tab by getting stuck into the long port and wine list. But if you're sensible you can get out for around 35 euros pp.
- Culture vultures
- Escaping the crowds
- No fuss