The Alentejo lies less than two hours east of Lisbon. Vast, windswept plains are dotted by bright whitewashed farmhouses and stands of olive and cork trees. Visitors come to see the spectacular fortress villages notable for their ancient architecture and colorful markets. Evora, a World Heritage site, is the unofficial capital of the Alentejo. The walled town is filled with an impressive array of structures, some dating to Roman times. Renaissance palaces and medieval mansions line the narrow streets that radiate from a vibrant market square known as the Pra├ža do Giraldo.

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