Castro Verde municipality classified as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Passeios fluviais no lago do Alqueva, Alentejo - Alquevatours.

The municipality of Castro Verde, “a humanized ecosystem of high natural value” bordering the county in which is inserted Vale de Camelos, was on Wednesday classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, announced the municipality.

The candidacy of Castro Verde was approved today in Paris by the International Coordination Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MaB) program of UNESCO.

This distinction was based on the fact that the county of Castro Verde is “a humanized ecosystem of high natural value, fruit of a continuous work of several decades”. Continue reading “Castro Verde municipality classified as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve”

Alentejo distinguished with “Special Prize Passion for Wine”

Alentejo distinguido com "Prémio Especial Paixão por Vinho"

Alongside with with the 10th anniversary of the Paixão Pelo Vinho (Passion for Wine) Magazine, 22 awards were awarded with the ‘Special Prize for Passion for Wine’ and 47 distinctions ‘Passion for Wine Excellence’ on last 14th January.

The CVRA – Alentejo Regional Winegrowing Comission was distinguished with the prize for the Best Viticulture Region of Portugal. The Alentejo was also distinguished in the categories of Architecture and Winemaker Generation XXI with Herdade do Freixo and António Maçanita, respectively.

This ceremony took place at Casino Figueira and hosted the presence of wine companies and professionals as well as gastronomy and tourism sectors to consecrate the best of Portugal and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of that magazine. The ceremony was attended by the portuguese  Secretary of State for Agriculture and Food.

See the complete list of winners

Christian Louboutin made a tour of the Alentejo

The famous French footwear designer, with the iconic red sole, has a house in Portugal and shared a list of places where he usually goes.

Originally from Brittany and raised in Paris, Christian Louboutin discovered the region [of Alentejo] 15 years ago while vacationing with his Portuguese friends at Comporta. With the flood of people, new constructions that he does not like and mosquitoes, decided to buy a house more to the south, in the Lagoon of Santo André, near Melides, where he plants great pots of geraniums, citronela and peppermint to move away the insects.

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Damn’ you, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus!

Sadly, we had to say goodbye to our 30 years old palm trees. Damn’ you, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus! Just to think that the larva of this beetle is considered a delicacy in the East…

On the other hand, our pine trees are healthier than ever!

‘Alentejo Song’ was elected Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Monumento ao Cante Alentejano em S. Marcos Atabueira, Alentejo.

Did you know that Portugal has, in its cultural heritage, a very genuine musical expression, unique in the world, the “Cante Alentejano” (Alentejo Song), now recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO?

While travelling through Alentejo, you may be lucky enough to have a close encounter with a chorus of Cante in the streets or in a local restaurant near Vale de Camelos.