The Alentejo on a plate
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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