A major part of our family roots are in Alentejo. It is a diverse, culturally rich part of our country.
Although facing tough times due to the economic environment, it has been regarded internationally and in the UK as one of the finest parts of Portugal for tourism due to its fine beaches and slow paced, organic lifestyle. Oh, and for the UK standards, things are incredibly cheap. Check this article from The Guardian.
A lot of my good holiday memories are about this landscape. My grandparents' house is located about 5 miles from Zambujeira do Mar and we always took the opportunity to visit over spring and summer weekends.
Over the last few (well, not so few) years I began enjoying it more and more when I realized how different organic food is (specially the straight-from-the-land vegetables), the sourdough bread and the relaxing, slow paced lifestyle people live here.
No matter how many new places I visit, this is a different kind of place.
Note: These images - like most of our personal/travel work - are shot on analogue cameras. We like being unplugged (even from digital cameras) for a while, enjoying an authentic, genuine lifestyle. Also, most film images require no computer post-processing. Actually, these are straight-from-the-lab-scans.