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Roughly halfway between the Atlantic coast and the Spanish border, Montemor-o-Novo sits in Portugal’s wine region – Alentejo. A perfect escape for wine lovers, the town evokes memories of a past dominated by religious orders, rural nobility and 17th-century manor houses. Revel in the tranquillity of this country retreat, sipping delicious local vintages under the warming Portuguese sun.

In the heart of the Alentejo region, Montemor-o-Novo is one of Portugal’s best-kept secrets.

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Montemor-o-Novo is like a window into Portugal’s rural past. Vast monasteries and manor houses, Baroque churches and vivid frescoes all reveal the power that the religious orders once held. Explore the hilltop castle, or visit the Convent and Terrerio of St João de Deus for a taste of the town’s heritage.


Montemor-o-Novo is in the sparsely populated but beautiful Alentejo region, an area of southern Portugal covering a third of the country. Sample the region’s most exclusive wines and visit private cellar doors in some of Portugal’s best vineyards. This is a landscape dominated by the grape, producing some of wine world’s best-kept secrets.


As well as for its wine, Alentejo is known as Portugal’s ‘gastronomic soul’ and famed for fine dining. Regional specialities to sample include seafood Cataplana (made in a traditional copper cooking pot) and açorda (bread soup). From exclusive restaurants to traditional tascas, the food in Montemor-o-Novo is extraordinary.

Start and finish a 30km circular wine tour of the region from your luxury hotel in Montemor-o-Novo – sampling some of the region’s best produce as you go.

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