Aspects of Alentejo
11 Days Tour in Évora and Portalegre
The Alentejo (literally "land beyond the Tagus") is a warm, dry, mostly gentle region north of the Algarve that has been ignored by all but a few.
Alentejo is a scarcely populated region with open horizons, where the rhythm of life follows the idle sound of regional songs. It is perfect for walking and experiencing an unforgettable adventure. This is a land of unimaginable heritage.
This tour will take you along the remarkable traces of ancient cultures: dolmens and cromlechs, Roman and Arab vestiges mingling with the most recent signs of Christianity of which the numerous medieval castles are but one example. You will walk alongside vast wheat-fields and vineyards where intense green and golden colours are the main characteristic of the plains in Alentejo, where, in spring time beautiful fields with millions of wild flowers delight the eyes.
We travel to the walled city of Évora, at the heart of the Alentejo region, classified as World Heritage by UNESCO.
One of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns; Évora is a city with a glorious past and a young and vibrant present helped by a large student population who attend one of the world’s oldest universities. We also explore the lovely surrounding countryside, local villages and ancient monuments set in beautiful landscapes.
Visiting Portalegre is not so much about visiting one interesting town, but about visiting a whole cluster of northern Alentejan towns, each with their own tale to tell, and with Portalegre at their centre. The region contains a wealth of historical monuments and anecdotes, awe-inspiring views from the fortified hilltop towns and a good smattering of pre-historic treasures to boot.
While in Portalegre we will have the opportunity to visit the Serra de s Mamede mountain range and natural park.
The open, ample landscape is peppered with cork-oaks or olive trees that have withstood the ravages of time. Occasionally sturdy fortress walls rise up from hills, as at Marvão or Estremoz, or you’ll see just a simple dolmen reminding you of the magic of the place.
Atop small hills stand white one-story farmsteads, while the castles are reminders of the battles and conquests that once took place here. The patios and gardens bear witness to the influence of the Arabs, who helped to shape the people and the nature.The people here are very proud of their heritage and they preserve the ancient buildings and also the ancient practices. This is a region that has a very rich handicraft tradition – pottery, embroideries, hand-painted furniture, wrought-iron works, etc. The local gastronomy is varied and quite tasty and perfectly matches the famous local wines.
The people here are very proud of their heritage and they preserve the ancient buildings and also the ancient practices. This is a region that has a very rich handicraft tradition – pottery, embroideries, hand-painted furniture, wrought-iron works, etc. The local gastronomy is varied and quite tasty and perfectly matches the famous local wines.
|Comfortable en-suite accommodation.|
|Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.|
|The opportunity to walk beyond the intended itinerary and even possibly the grade of this holiday. On some days you may be offered flexible walking options, this will be dependent on local conditions.|
|A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.|
|The hospitality and warmth from the local poulation, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.|
The tour includes
En-suite accommodation in comfortable hotels, beautifully located.
Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.
All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.
Services of a dedicated leader.
The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.
A wait at the airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.