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Alentejo

6 Days to explore

Take this oportunity to discover Évora and its surroundings in this region that is Alentejo. The long straight roads in endless countryside landscapes, lead us to its traditions and amazing gastronomy. Make a right choice, 3 or 6 days?

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DAY 1

The Arrival

Welcome to Portugal!
These are your first hours, on your first day in our wonderful country.
You may relax now, you are in good hands. From your arrival to your departure we will be only and exclusively, here, for you.
We will show you what makes, Portugal a single, unique and predilected destination.
We will show you, our so beloved Portugal.
The next days, are for you, and will be discovering Évora and its surroundings.
Let's begin this trip with a welcome surprise, so that afterwards, we may proceed with safety and comfort, heading to the first destination inside Portugal: Évora. 
Anyone who visits Évora takes with them more than images to show off, bring stories and history, experiences and emotions, memories that last for life.
Carries back home, a piece of us, of Évora and Portugal.
DAY 2

ROMANS AND ÉVORA

The roads and monuments prove that the Romans used to circulate here, for example the “Temple of Diana” shows that really well, but to be honest, if we are talking about Romans, we also have to talk about Arabs, who influenced this gastronomy and architecture.

 

Legend says that, every year, these houses are tinted white and the bottom around windows and doors in yellow or strong blue to prevent evil spirits from feeling welcome, although some say that the real reason is to create protection from the high temperatures that are felt in summer and prevent access to insects.

 

Anyway, in here you fell a combination of cultures and people, which makes the Alentejo, associated with its typical plains, distinctive from the rest of Portugal.

 

Morning

To start our day, we will wake up full of energy and ready for a walk accompanied by our charming, professional and very “alentejano” local guide.

 

Classified as World Heritage by UNESCO since 1986, also known as White City or Museum City, Évora dazzles its visitors with its vigorous architectural and artistic ensemble, monumental churches and historic squares, where the white houses and narrow medieval streets invite you to discover a city that is synonymous with the melting pot of cultures that have established themselves and left permanent marks, being at the origin of the Portuguese identity.

 

Lunch is going to be remarkable! Even though the choosing process will be hard, as any local restaurant has to offer the best of traditional cuisine. Do not worry with this detail as we will help in the decision.

 

Afternoon

During the afternoon we will visit the typical historic traditional streets and houses, where the tiles and balconies stand out, due to the architectural details.

 

From Romans to Arabs and Jews to Christians, all their traditions and expressions are here!

 

Former residence of kings and center of the empire, sponsor of arts and sciences, land of the popular and religious, Évora is today a dynamic city that invites you to return.
 
DAY 3

ARRAIOLOS, CORK AND WINE

Arraiolos, Cork and Wine are three of the highest quality products in our Alentejo.

 

A few kilometers from Évora we find Arraiolos, the city of carpets and a unique castle, with a circular plan.

 

Did you know that our cork has been used as an insulator in the construction of NASA space shuttles since when the Man went to the moon? Yes, you heard me right, cork!

 

Portugal is a country with a noble tradition and the wines that are produced in Alentejo are wines that compete along the best ones in the world.

If you are a wine lover, you came to the right place! Otherwise, you are in the right place as well, since this is a great opportunity to learn to appreciate and palate a good Alentejo wine.

 

Going back to the rugs, Asian rugs, do they tell you something? No, we are not talking about the Aladino flying carpet and the stories of 1001 nights, we are talking about other very popular ones, the Persians. Inspired on those and other motifs they are nowadays, such high concept of art that the Victoria and Albert Museum in London exhibit one model.

 

Morning

We start our day as Kings, being the first stop at the Castle, also known as Paço dos Alcaides and going next to the Loios Convent, where we find unique examples of Portuguese tradition, from tiles, to the tapestry technique with the name of the village: Arraiolos.

 

After this visit we will go to Estremoz for a special lunch, where we will find several hunting dishes, but don't worry! We will not have to hunt to eat, as we would run the risk of starving. Alternatively, we also have black pork, its meat is a delicacy and delicious, as it is an animal raised in the open air with a very natural diet, its meat is certified with a designation of origin.

All of this is easily found in a good typical local restaurant!

 

This city is known for its traditional whitewashed houses. The houses are visible from afar and extend over the Castle Hill.

In its tradition and history, it is known as the village of the Queens, with good food and wine.

 

Afternoon

During the afternoon we will meet the "Princess" of Alentejo.

The beautiful Vila Viçosa, where history is made up of tales, told by churches, convents, palaces, museums and the streets and citizens themselves. Although small, it is one of the most precious and charming jewels in the Alentejo, a "Museum Town".

We will end the afternoon with a wine tasting at Adega 7160.

 
DAY 4

Elvas and a Coffee

Spain is our Brother Country, we grew and matured together, we share the Iberian Peninsula and there is a very special affection between communities, such affection that on the border the combinations of cultures and generational friendships are easily perceived, where the warmth for both countries is reciprocal.

 

However, it was not always like this, in the Middle Ages invasions of the Kingdom of Castilla were common and Portugal was a resistant warrior against the junction of territories for several times and it was this perseverance and will for independence that allowed our nation to proliferate.

 

Even when trying to seal the feuds with noble and royal marriages, it did not always go well, like the time when we ended up indexed to the kingdom of Spain for more than half a century.

An example of the countless battles is the architectural heritage, which has stood all this time in the beautiful city of Elvas.

 

Morning

This military heritage can be revisited by taking a walk through the rich heritage that the city offers us, with the fortifications and forts of Santa Luzia and Our Lady of Grace, considered the largest and best-preserved bastioned fortifications in the world.

 

After this much war, pause for lunch at a local restaurant, as always, the best place to taste what gastronomy has to offer.

 

Afternoon

After lunch and countless battles, we remain towards Campo Maior - which is a serene and peaceful village located in the south of Alentejo, very close to the Spanish border. Tradition says that it originated from the will of three peasant families who decided to join together to form a settlement and protect each other.

 

Let's celebrate the friendship between societies with a Peace Coffee!

This is where the largest industrial coffee roasting area in the Iberian Peninsula is located, having created the interesting Coffee Museum, testimony to this beverage so beloved in our country.

 

You will be able to identify the reason why our “bica” has such a reputation on the international scene.

 

After this full of emotions day, it's time for a well-deserved rest!

 
DAY 5

Walls of men, Walls of Nature

Today is the day that we will see that Alentejo is not just made up of plains!

 

We will visit São Mamede Mountain Natural Park, a wall of delicate natural beauty and the privileged place where the Marvão Castle was built. Its conquest became vital for the defense of the country due to its proximity to Spain. Nowadays, it only serves to dazzle us with the beautiful landscapes that extend to the limits of our view and the horizon!

 

Morning

Walking through the town flanked by its walls, we can see an incredible landscape that stretches from the natural park to the distant plains that form tapestries in the landscape, in a peace of mind and tranquility environment.

 

When visiting Marvão, we can see the history that runs through these narrow streets of Alentejo architecture, being Gothic, Manueline and medieval testimonies from other times and crafts, marked in the typical local granite.

 

We keep on our tour to Castelo de Vide, a few kilometers away where we will stop for lunch before visiting this medieval village.

 

Afternoon

Don’t fool yourself by thinking that Alentejo was marked only by Arabs and Romans!

There were many figures before and many figures after, leaving their brand and contributing to the entity of what it is to be Alentejo and what it is to be Portuguese!

 

For example, these streets form labyrinths that make us go back in time. The white households surround us in a unique mysticism. In architecture, street names and traditions, we still find traces of Jewry, still well preserved.

 

After going up to the Castle, we return to the center, where we enter the Mother Church of Santa Maria, where a part of the Easter ceremonies takes place and where the two beliefs, Christian and Jewish, are mixed.

 

We will still have time to enjoy the fresh water in the springs that we find along the way, well known for its thermal properties and of course, we will try an "Enxovalhada" or a Queijada de Requeijão, (eng creamy cheese cheesecake) two traditional delicacies with a Jewish tradition.

 

 Although Jewish people were often persecuted in history, they found refuge in our country, far from the eyes of the world.

 

The peaceful Alentejo, in its culture and tradition, is a mixture of all these populations, who left their mark here: Arabs, Romans or Jews, it doesn't matter, they all became true Alentejo Folks, or how we say in Portugal: “Alentejanos de Gema”.

 
DAY 6

The farewell

We got to our final day and farewell is to be given, but first, let us enjoy our last moments on this trip, together.

Without any dought we are sad with the goodbye, no one prepares us for this wonderfull and intense experience, but time flyes and passing it with friends makes everything more authentic and meaningfull.

We, Portuguese are not very good with goodbyes...
We mixture the sadness of the departure, with the joy of the decision to come!
Definitly the word "saudade", that proudly we say it is ours,
with you we may share it now!

Hope you enjoyed this time together as much as we did
Até Já!
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