The Alentejo on a plate
7 Aug 2013 by Tamlyn Currin
This is the first of three articles by Tam on this captivating southern Portuguese region. In Lisbon, they raise an eyebrow when you mention the Alentejo; then with eyebrow still at a bemused angle, they warn you: 'everything in the Alentejo is very, very, very slow'. Not quite everything. The little Beja airport, plonked in the middle of nowhere, is square, awkwardly shiny new, and disconcertingly empty; peopled in the main by eyelid-drooping guarda. It is home, however, to the world's fastest luggage carousel. To wrest a suitcase off this high-speed device requires concentration, spatial awareness, daring, and a lightning...

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