GOLDEN PLAIN LOWER ALENTEJO
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The landscape is the first sensation we get when we arrive in the region, so it is important to discover what is beyond this first impression.
The plain defines the territory, a “wavy” plain characterized by a landscape that in each season gains new and varied colors: in winter green dominates, in spring, flowered mantles of varying tones transform the region into a festival of color.
In summer the feeling of dryness and warmth is also transmitted to us by the golden that then conquers everything, finally, in the autumn the fields are plowed and sown, the brown acquires the protagonism, an infinity of earth tones now define the landscape. And it all starts again!
THE LANDSCAPE, STRONG, IMMENSE, DISTURBING
LANDSCAPE IS LIFE …
… It is the wild nature that has shared this territory with man for thousands of years.
… IT IS THE REFLECTION OF HISTORY
There are several habitats identified in the Natura 2000 Network, such as the Moura Barrancos and Mourão SPA, where you can find several birds of prey, black stork or cranes; the Castro Verde SPA, the only zonal plan in the country, where steppe birds are present; or even the Guadiana SPA, which includes the Vale do Guadiana Natural Park, whose mandatory reference is the waterfall known as Pulo do Lobo.
Here in Baixo Alentejo Region, since ancient times, we have testimonies of human presence: archaeological sites, castles, churches, ancient mines, museums where the remains of the past are exposed, or simply the small towns and villages with their traditional buildings reflect well the diversity of influences cultural factors to which this region has been subjected.
are the people who live here, are odors and aromas that are wisely transformed into flavors
In sweets, excellence is for conventual one such as thin bread or bundles of eggs, but popias, nougat or grain pasties are also a temptation.
Gastronomy is one of the best business cards in the Baixo Alentejo. These ones are goat and sheep cheeses, the most famous in Serpa, hams and sausages, especially those from Barrancos, prepared from black pig.
Famous throughout the Region, it is also the wheat bread with which adding aromatic herbs – coriander, pennyroyal, or mint – the delicious migas, açordas and stews are made.
Gazpacho, lamb stew, meat from the bowl, soup from the pan, purslane soup, dogfish soup and garlic açorda with cod, are some of the chosen dishes, but there are more, there are stewed beans, peas with eggs, the stew of grain, and also the game dishes.
BECAUSE NON EVERYTHING IS LANDSCAPE
And because we talk about landscape and food, we cannot forget about olive oil, since olive groves are a constant presence in the landscape and olive oil is one of the most recognized regional products, especially Moura oil.
There is much to do in this region: from outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, bird watching, mountain biking, horseback riding, canoeing, paragliding, karting.
In Baixo Alentejo you can enjoy cultural activities, which are registered annually in the calendar of events in the region, such as the Mediterranean Plain, the Encounters of the Minas Gerais Communities, the BD hall, the Islamic Festival or the Dock’s Kingdom.
Vidigueira, Moura and Pias are the most famous areas and with more tradition in this art, however in addition to these locations, in recent years vineyards have appeared in other areas of the region.