Where is the best wine region to visit?

Fishermans Trails of the Alentejo Walk
Fishermans Trails of the Alentejo Walk

USA Today just recently released the votes from readers and expert panel – declaring Portugal’s’ Alentejo region tops out of 20 nominees.

We’re on board with that recommendation, as we’ve known all along that this far southwest corner of the Iberian Peninsula is a genuine hidden treasure in more ways than one. Our Fisherman’s trails of the Alentejo walk takes in the sleepy white villages, forgotten farms and windmills and colorful fishing harbors untouched by tourism. It’s also a region of superb bird watching; chiff chaff, azure magpie, green woodpecker and blue rock thrush.

You’ll stay in intimate rural hotels including a beautiful lakeside Casa Rural – an oasis of privacy and comfort. The Quinta do Barranco da Estrada features ‘international home-cooking’ cuisine using ingredients fresh from the organic garden – honey from local hives, free-range eggs and, of course, fish from the lake. The hotel is a winner in its own right receiving the industry’s top award – Tripadvisor’s “Travellers Choice” B&B’s for 2014.Cerca do Sul1

Following the Fisherman’s Trail, hugging the coastline you arrive at the Herdade do Touril – a working farm offering comfortable rooms in restored 19C white-washed stucco buildings with tiled roofs.   Its idyllic setting amid 900 acres of sunflowers, grazing cattle and manicured lawns also features a salt-water pool where you’ll enjoy the sea breeze and sound of ocean waves.

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Continuing on some of the most spectacular coastal walking we’ve ever       seen along wild cliffs above thundering bays, the coastal path leads you back village of Brejao and the lovely agritoursimo, Cerca do Sul. It’s a little piece of heaven with views over the Monchique Mountains and the ocean.



Read the full list of winners in the USA 10Best Readers’ Choice