Policy in Portugal was largely influenced by the dimension of rural properties - small state in the half north, with thousands of owners led to conservative people; large state in Alentejo led to... communism.
Agriculture is no longer the main activity in the area, but it still has a great influence. The annual agricultural fair, Ovibeja, is a great event, with lots of cultural and sportive activities.
I was taken there by a friend who wished to buy ducks. After a very amusing day we went back with two roosters fighting for the two poor hens, and...no ducks.
When in the south of Portugal you should try some of the local cheese and sausage.
There is so much flavor in each type and there is so many different types.
During the OB Beja week you can find some of the best of the best which is available to taste and to buy.