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Updated: May 2

It was a beautiful sunny day when we arrived in Évora, a city steeped in history and charm. Accompanied by my wife and our best friends, we were eager to discover everything this iconic region of Alentejo had to offer.

After dropping off our bags at the Albergaria do Calvario hotel, we began our exploration with lunch at a local tavern. The rich and authentic flavors of Alentejo cuisine awakened our taste buds and immediately immersed us in the mood of our culinary escapade.

Next, we ventured into the cobblestone streets of Évora, where every corner revealed a new historical surprise. We were captivated by the Roman ruins, centuries-old cathedral, and charming squares where local life seemed to flow at a leisurely pace.

But what will remain etched in our memories is our dinner at Bistro Barão. Located in the historic heart of Évora, this intimate bistro welcomed us with its warm ambiance and attentive service. We were delighted by the creative and refined menu, showcasing fresh, local products from Alentejo.

Each dish was a symphony of flavors, from delicate starters to exquisite desserts. We particularly enjoyed the region's iconic dishes, such as the Alentejano gazpacho and the Alentejo black pork, prepared with meticulous attention to detail and a clear passion for regional cuisine.

What truly elevated our gastronomic experience to the next level was the tasting of premium Iberian ham. Presented elegantly on a wooden board, each slice of this meaty and flavorful delight was an explosion of flavors in the mouth. We were captivated by the richness and complexity of this artisanal ham, with its melt-in-your-mouth texture and delicately salty taste that seduced even our most discerning taste buds. It was a true sensory experience, transporting us directly to Spain and allowing us to appreciate the ancient art of Iberian charcuterie in all its splendor.

Of course, no meal at Bistro Barão would be complete without a glass of Alentejo wine to accompany our dishes. The selection of local wines was impressive, offering a variety of grape varieties and styles to satisfy every palate. Each glass was a true discovery, revealing the rich winemaking traditions of the region and perfectly complementing our culinary experience.


The next day, we set off for the Algarve, with a stop for a visit, which turned out to be memorable, to the Esporão vineyard, a true revelation. Nestled in the enchanting setting of Herdade do Esporão, the vineyard benefits from a unique ecosystem, integrated into the montado of Alentejo.

With its 691.9 hectares of vineyards, olive groves, and other crops, Herdade do Esporão offers exceptional conditions for agriculture. We were impressed by the diversity of grape varieties planted, the organic farming methods, and the commitment to environmental sustainability.

But it was during our gastronomic experience at the Herdade do Esporão restaurant that we were truly transported. Set in an elegant and refined setting, we were treated to a feast for the senses. Each deliciously prepared dish showcased fresh, local ingredients, creating a symphony of flavors that captured the very essence of Alentejo.

What made this experience even more memorable was the food and wine pairing offered by the vineyard. Each dish was accompanied by a carefully selected wine from Esporão's collection, highlighting the nuances and unique characteristics of each wine. From crisp whites to velvety reds, each glass perfectly complemented the flavors of the cuisine, creating an unforgettable gastronomic experience.

As we hit the road towards the Algarve, filled with our experience, we carried with us unforgettable memories of our adventure in Évora and at Esporão.

It was more than just a stopover; it was a shared experience of discovery with those we love most, and we are grateful to have had the chance to live these precious moments together.


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