Place:Alentejo, Portugal

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NameAlentejo
Alt namesAlemtejosource: Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) p 29
TypeTraditional province
Coordinates38.5°N 8°W
Located inPortugal
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Alentejo is a south-central region of Portugal. The origin of its name, "Além-Tejo", literally translates to "Beyond the Tagus" or "Across the Tagus". The region is separated from the rest of Portugal by the Tagus river, and extends to the south where it borders the Algarve. Alentejo is a region known for its polyphonic singing groups, comparable to those found on Sardinia and Corsica.

Its main cities are Évora, Elvas, Portalegre, Beja, Serpa, Moura and Sines.

Being a traditional region, it is also one of the more recent seven Regions of Portugal (NUTS II subdivisions). Today Lezíria do Tejo subregion, formerly belonging to Lisboa e Vale do Tejo region, is part of Alentejo NUTS II region.

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