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.
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.
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.