Itinerary 2 days in Alentejo, come to know the largest region in Portugal, the Alentejo known for its gastronomy, wines and an enviable landscape beauty.
|2 People – 820€||6 People – 1200€|
|3 People – 950€||7 People – 1350€|
|4 People – 1070€||8 People – 1480€|
|5 People – 1130€|
When we think of Alentejo, the first image that comes to our mind will be Evora classified as World Heritage, however we there´s much more in Alentejo, but starting with Evora, its Roman temple or some of its churches, such as the church of S. Francisco with the famous Chapel of the Bones.
Known for its plains, great for walking or cycling, its narrow streets, with whitewashed houses typically from Alentejo, which we discover at every corner and its monuments that reveal the history of Evora and its wealth.
A city with origins in the Roman period, having been chosen by the kings of Portugal in the century XV to live, which greatly contributed to the development of the city and its cultural importance in the following centuries.
The serenity of Alqueva, or the contemplation of the mantle of stars of the Dark Sky Route, contaminate the placidity of the place, may be one of the reasons to discover or why not rediscover this beautiful region that is the Alentejo.
Phoenicians, Celts, Romans, all these different civilizations, have left their legacy here since BC (before Christ), a place where culture and tradition have always been hand in hand.
The Romans here left among, writings, mosaics, important cities, monuments, however older civilizations also left here their megalithic monuments, such as Antas.
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After a trip of about two hours we will start our Itinerary 2 days in Alentejo with a visit to a winery, Ervideira where in addition to the visit it we will have a personalized explanation from the harvest to the bottling line, then the wine tasting of white, rose and red wines, accompanied with regional products such as; Alentejo bread, sheep’s cheese, sausages, fruit compote and toast with olive oil and oregano.
A region that produces unique wines, this in a region of hot and dry climate, being essential to use drip system in the vineyard, with soils and reliefs a very sunny area that allows a perfect ripening of the grapes.
The Alentejo is a practically flat region that produces white wines that are generally soft, slightly acid and with aromas of tropical fruits, while the red wines are full-bodied, rich in tannins and with aromas of wild and red fruits.
IMPORTANT: You can visit another winery and not Ervideira, in which case your reservation and payment will be your responsibility.
Let’s get to know Sao Pedro do Corval , this typical Alentejo village known as the pottery capital, here you will find more than thirty potteries, one of the most famous handicraft products in Alentejo, if you wish you can try to make your own piece.
On this day, we will be able to visit the one that is known as one of the most beautiful and important Portuguese wineries, Esporao (tickets not included).
In this region, we have lots of traditional restaurants, with an extremely high cost benefit, from where you can get to know the different dishes of black pork (famous for giving rise to ham pata negra), or different bread soups and migas (dishes made with bread) or why not a fish or tomato soup, options for all tastes.
We will now arrive at Monsaraz , with its walls in excellent state, in a revival of medieval times, in this which is one of the best preserved historic Portuguese villages, white walls of lime and schist, with the wind whispering between its streets and sidewalks.
So many stories of daring kings, where may civilizations pass through here, the visit to the Castle is essential, as well as admiring the giant lake that divides Portugal and Spain.
Prepare your self for the wonderful sunset.
Today we left Monsaraz however we will start our day with a visit to Xerez cromlech estimated to have been erected between the beginning of the 4th millennium and the middle of the 3rd millennium BC, in a quadrangular format, developing around a central menhir of about 4m in height, which, like the others, presents several “dimples”, in its verticality.
A megalithic monument consists of about 50 granite menhirs, of phallic form and a height ranging between 1.20m and 1.50m, the sherry cromlech had to be transferred from its original location in 2004, due to the construction of the Alqueva dam.
The Alqueva dam the largest artificial lake in Europa, a reservoir created by man with about 250km2 and 1100 kilometers of margin, a reservoir that covers different counties, among them; Portel, Moura, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Mourao and Alandroal, and also the Spanish municipalities of Olivença, Cheles, Alconchel and Villanueva del Fresno.
With construction beginning in 1998 and ending in 2002 with the opening of the floodgates, however, since the project that was born during the Salazar dictatorship until its construction, more than 50 years have passed, perhaps the greatest construction of the last century in Portugal.
In order to create an irrigated area in a region known for drought, where it rains little and at the same time develop hydraulic power with a capacity of 520 megawatts, sufficient to supply the entire Beja region.
If the weather conditions allow it, we will take a boat trip, about an hour and a half, to get to know the dam and its small islands, including the golden island, where we can stop and enter the water, just like the residents say of the region ”I have eaten colder soups” since the water in the summer can reach 29º centigrade.
Now it´s time to enjoy Evora, explore this beautiful medieval village that betrays thousands of people every year, and the Chapel of Bones attracts more attention, this sinister chapel with walls and pillars lined with human bones and skulls is estimated to be 5,000 more monks. Do not be alarmed when reading at the entrance; “In the bones that we are here for yours, we wait” because it only takes us to reflect on life.
Another monument of great value is the Temple of Diana or Evora Temple, which lives up to the importance that the Romans gave to this beautiful city, next to Cathedral , built in the Roman period, from here we can see the magnificent“ Agua da Prata ”aqueduct, outside the city walls and extending from the city periphery, some of its arches are still visible within the city, built in the 16th century to guarantee water transport.
Not only did Romans live here, the Arabs built their streets and alleys in the 11th and 12th centuries, Evora was also the residence of some Portuguese kings, a point of convergence for renowned artists, supported by Portugal’s reigning patronage and dynasty.
We can also visit a traditional cork factory , did you know that the bark of the Cork Oak grows every year and that every nine years it has to be removed from the tree, reaching 25 centimeters thick, the perfect material that is resistant to heat, cold and fire, after removing the cork the tree regenerates again.
Portugal is responsible for 55% of the world production of cork, today highly valued in decorative wall and floor coverings, or even in the manufacture of sporting goods, the ideal material for baseball grains or the handle of fishing rods.
However, in many countries, cork is best known for being the raw material for wine corks as it allows micro-portions of oxygen to come into contact with wine, so that wine can “age” while maintaining its quality.
From here we will return to Lisbon.
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