Written by Hugh Collins
Release: December 2015
“The Alentejo is that bit of Portugal you’d do well to avoid.”
So declares author Alex Robinson in his introduction to Bradt’s new guide to the Alentejo. We sense he has an ulterior motive…
“You’re really far better off whizzing down the motorway to those glorious, crowded beaches along the Algarve. Ignore that castle on the hill, those crumbling Roman ruins, the soaring eagles, those lonely strands of empty sand. Yes, and ignore the World Heritage Sites too.
“As an expert on the region I’ve been wandering around the Alentejo for years now. Just for work, of course. I can state with conviction that I can’t stand those Baroque churches encrusted with gold or the cork oak forests where lynx and wild boar bask in the warm afternoon sun. Or those medieval villages where you can hear a footfall on the cobbles, or the snore of an old man in a cloth cap dozing on his doorstep.”
- The first-ever guidebook dedicated to the region, an area of Portugal easily accessible from both Lisbon and Faro airports.
- UK visitors to Portugal are up 7.1% year-on-year and the Alentejo has experienced a 26% growth.
- Contains detailed maps and inspiring itineraries for every season.
- Full range of accommodation options, from monasteries to palaces and pousdas.
- Author Alex Robinson is an award-winning travel writer and experienced guidebook writer.
To request a review copy or to arrange an author interview, please contact Hugh Collins firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel +44 (0)1753 480630
Authors: Alex Robinson
Publisher: Bradt Travel Guides
Publication: December 2015