For keen photographers or painters, the highly photogenic scenery and ancient, white-washed villages and towns with their hill-top castles, gardens and distant views will offer plenty of opportunities to practice their art.
For walkers, cyclists and lovers of the outdoors, there are cork forests, fields of sunflowers, vines, olive groves and citrus trees to enjoy – all with the luxury of space and no-one blocking views or the little-used roads and paths.
For those keen on water-sports, there’s surfing on the Atlantic coast, plus Alqueva Lake, the largest artificial lake in Europe at 250 sq km (96km long), where you can live on board a boat, (see Marina Houseboats), or just explore the waterside villages at your leisure and watch the bird life.
There are also vineyards which can be explored – with rows and rows of leafy vines basking in the warm Portuguese sun. Many vineyards still press the grapes traditionally, by foot – so you could even see some wine in the making! See our guide to wines in the Alentejo region for more information.