A flash back to last week when we made our first ever trip to Portugal and spent 3 nights in the region of Alentejo (recently listed in the New York Times top 52 places to visit in 2015). We stayed for 2 nights at Villa Extramuros, a boutique guesthouse set amongst fields of ancient olive trees just outside Arraiolos and owned by the design conscious Parisians, Francois & Jean-Christophe.
After being slightly blown away by the visual contrast between the modern architecture and its rural setting, there is still a stunning infinity pool to enjoy, impressive interiors throughout and enough quirky little details to feast your eyes upon for the duration of your stay. Both the food and wine served up at the villa and in town were delicious. Breakfast was a particular highlight, with homemade bread, pastries, local fresh cheese, eggs and plenty of fruit all served on the terrace. We’d also recommend a wander around Evora and dinner at Tasquinha do Oliveira for a traditional hearty meal and excellent local vinho.
With the region being famous for its wine, we thought a night at L’and Vineyards wouldn’t go a miss before returning home. Highlights here were the spacious and luxurious suites, a meal in the delicious michelin starred restaurant and a massage at the Caudalie spa. The wine wasn’t half bad here either!
Safe to say, we hope to return soon.