Quality self catering in the Serra da Sao Mamede, Alto Alentejo, Portugal.

A Rural Holiday Retreat for self catering in Portugal's Alentejo.

Quinta Azenha do Ramalho is a luxurious self catering villa retreat in the North Alentejo region of Portugal. It is set on the unique, private one hectare rural setting of Vale Lourenço, a mountain valley exceptional for its beauty and nature.

This distinctive and secluded self catering holiday home is within the Parque Natural da Serra de Sao Mamede in the North Alentejo area of rural Portugal bordering the Extremadura region of Spain.

A sunset view of the lower part of Vale Lourenco from the rock above the Quinta.

A sunset view of the lower part of Vale Lourenco from the rock above the Quinta.


This is an exceptional part of unspoilt Portugal, full of character, barely touched by tourism and steeped in history. From the dramatic medieval hilltop villages of Marvao and Castelo de Vide and the many roman and megalithic sites, to the cobbled lanes that wind through cork oak woods and over panoramic rocky ridges giving views that stretch for miles. In Spring the wildflowers carpet the hillsides and olive groves and the eagles and storks flying high overhead are a common sight.

The house sleeps 2 to 8 guests.

The cottage's four double bedrooms are ideal for couples, groups of friends and families who want to visit the Sao Mamede National Park for country walking in the many routes nearby or exploring the Parque's historic and cultural sites such as Marvao, Castelo de Vide and Portalegre.

We have rates for different numbers of guests and so please ask us for our rates and availability.

The outside dining area overlooking the mountain stream to the terraces opposite.

The outside dining area overlooking the mountain stream to the terraces opposite.

   
The deceptively small entrance to the Quinta leads down to the main part of the house.

The deceptively small entrance to the Quinta leads down to the main part of the house.

View from the outside dining area.

View from the outside dining area.

   
The central cascade in the Ribeira de Arronches, the mountain stream in the grounds.

The central cascade in the Ribeira de Arronches, the mountain stream in the grounds.

Spring meadow flowers and orange tree next to the stream.

Spring meadow flowers and orange tree next to the stream.

   
A shady place outside the rear doors on the secluded terrace.

A shady place outside the rear doors on the secluded terrace.


The Quinta is a peaceful rural retreat in the midst of spectacular countryside. Quality holiday accommodation in a distinctive part of Portugal's Alentejo. Hide away and detach from the busy world and listen to the sounds of nature, birdsong, distant goat bells and the soothing gurgle of the adjoining mountain stream. A truly unspoilt natural environment and an ideal holiday destination. To get away from it all, come here.

Blue Paradise Portugal says:

A beautiful country retreat in undeniably one of the most untouched, peaceful corners of Portugal. Nestling in an area of exceptional natural beauty, it is definitely the ideal destination for nature lovers, artists, walkers and birdwatchers. For those seeking spiritual enlightenment or the healing qualities of a natural environment, you have come to the right place.

Walking in the hills of the Sao Mamede Natural Park.

At the cottage we provide maps and detailed route notes for nine local walks. They are graded easy to moderate and range in distance from 7 to 14 kms. The walks take you along cobbled medieval roads and through wooded areas of cork oak and chestnut to rocky ridges with views over the Alentejo plain that go on for ever.

Vineyards and olive groves line the routes and in spring the profusion of coloured wild flowers carpet the countryside. Some of the walks take you through Marvao and Castelo de Vide which are among Portugal's prettiest medieval villages.

Few tourists and walkers have discovered this beautiful, secluded and unspoilt area of Portugal making it a perfect place for a relaxing self catering and walking holiday.