Alentejo Adventure Escape

Regions

Alentejo

Starting Point

Lisbon

Best time to travel

All year

Recommended Length

4 - 5 days

Minimum Age*

Adventure Getaway

Activity Level **

3/5

Alentejo is one of Portugal's unspoiled regions, where you will find untouched nature, traditional arts and heritage, ancient history and rich culinary traditions. This adventure getaway will not only let you explore the UNESCO heritage and many monuments in the area, but will also take you off the beaten track to learn about local sustainability projects, visit local producers and taste some of the outstanding culinary delights the area has to offer.

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TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

✓ explore the UNESCO listed city of Evora with its many national monuments
✓ learn about local traditions, heritage and gastronomy on private tours
✓ hear about local approaches to environmental and social sustainability on a eco cycling tour
✓ enjoy the beautiful unspoiled landscape of rural Alentejo

 

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TOUR OVERVIEW

Day 1 - arrival and transfer to Alentejo - overnight in Evora
Day 2 - cultural and culinary traditions discovery tour of Alentejo - overnight in Evora
Day 3 - local sustainability Taste of Evora cycling tour - overnight in Evora
Day 4 - departure

 

DETAILED ITINERARY

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO PORTUGAL
Welcome to the wonderful Alentejo region, home to ancient history relicts, UNESCO heritage sites and vivid heritage and traditions. You will have the rest of the day to explore the picturesque town of Evora with it's many National monuments, the famous bone chapel and the Roman Temple.
Overnight in Evora.

DAY 2 - CULTURAL AND CULINARY DISCOVERY TOUR THROUGH ALENTEJO
You will dive deep into the traditions and heritage of the Alentejo region to let you immersive into the area in an authentic way. A private tour will take you to the village of Arraiolos in the morning, where you will be stopping at the castle and the local Carpets Museum, where you will learn more about traditional weaving and knotting practices and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee and homebaked local cake. Next, you will continue to Montemor-o-Novo to visit the local bee keeper and their honey storage, you will get to peek into the honeycombs, learn with the experts about the organized and productive bees’ life and taste the honey. After a traditional lunch, you will get to taste some local crafted chocolates and pay a visit to the historical centre of Montemor . The final stop of the day will bring you to an agricultural estate to taste some of the delicious local produce including cheeses, smoked sausages and liquors!
Overnight in Evora.

DAY 3 - TASTE OF EVORA CYCLING TOUR
A very special cycling tour through and around Evora will take you to different places and projects, which are deeply involved with the local community. You will cycle through the beautiful Alentejo landscape with rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves, cork oak forests and green meadows. Taste some outstanding Alentejo wines, feast in local gastronomy and listen to your local hosts telling you about their projects, their beliefs and what the local community and sustainability mean to them.
Overnight in Evora.

DAY 4 - DEPARTURE
You will say goodbye to the beautiful Alentejo area and make your way back home.

 

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SERVICES INCLUDED

 

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- accommodation in good standard middle-class hotels, quintas and/or guesthouses
- private care hire for the entire trip
- activities, visits and tours as outlined, with a certified, English speaking guide where desired/required
- all taxes and insurances for the activities
- expert travel planning, trip preparation and 24/7 on-tour support

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TRAVEL TIPS

When to travel
Thanks to its mild climate, Portugal is a great destination all year round. March to May is a great season for outdoor activities or sight-seeing. It is not too hot yet, but temperatures can already be nice and warm, especially on the Algarve or in Portugal's southeast. Nature is in full bloom and forests are lush and green at this time of the year. While average daily temperatures in Lisbon are around 18 degrees, it can be cooler in central and northern Portugal.
Summer in Portugal comes with high temperatures and a lot of sun. While Lisbon has an average of 28 degrees over the summer months, temperatures can rise over 40 degrees in northern and central Portugal between June and August and also easily reach around 35 degrees on the Algarve, though a fresh breeze from the Atlantic makes it feel less hot. The Algarve is perfect for a beach holiday, though the water temperatures hardly go over 22 degrees. Generally the waters around Portugal stay cool with not more than 20 degrees. The summer months in Portugal are full of festivities, which take place in every part of the country.
September and October are again perfect for outdoor and cultural activities as the days are still warm and mostly dry. November until February are the months with the most rain over the year, especially in northern Portugal and there can be snow in the mountains. Temperatures would still reach around 15 degrees on the Algarve and would rarely drop below 10 degrees in Lisbon.

How to travel
Portugal has three major airports - Porto in the north, Lisbon in central west Portugal and Faro on the Algarve in the south. While Faro is much more frequented with charter and holiday flights from other countries in Europe, Porto and Lisbon offer a well developed network of scheduled flights to destinations all over Europe and overseas as well. With a volume of more than 20 million passengers a year (2018), Lisbon is by far the busiest airport in Portugal. Porto and Lisbon airport are well connected to the city centers by subway.
The easiest way to get around Portugal is by car. As it is a rather small country, distances are never far, for example you can travel from Lisbon to Porto or Faro in less than three hours and from Lisbon to Evora in less than 2 hours. There is a dense network of modern motorways linking the major centers, especially in central and Northern Portugal, which are operated through a tolling system. Apart from the motorway connecting Lisbon to the Algarve and the A22 along the Algarve coast, Alentejo is mainly characterized by national and regional roads.
Further, Portugal has a well developed rail network, connecting every corner of Portugal. The high speed Alfa Pendula connects Braga in the north with Faro in the south and stops in Porto and Lisbon on the way. The bigger cities can be reached by ”Intercidades” and the regional trains link to the more remote areas. Further, the ”urbanos” connect the commuter zones in Porto and Lisbon with the city.
The ”Linha do Douro” follows along the Douro river, passing 26 tunnels, 30 bridges and one of the most scenic landscapes in Portugal. Parts of the route are classified as UNESCO world heritage. The journey takes you along vineyards, quintas, small villages and through stations decorated with blue azulejos.
The “Linha do Algarve” runs along the Algarve coastline, offering panoramic views over the sea and the hinterland while connecting Lagos with Vila Real de Santo Antonio.

Travelling with children
Kids are king in Portugal! Family friendly hotels, great beaches, a large choice of activities and a lot of sun turn Portugal into a great destination to enjoy with the whole family. The varied scenery offers plenty of choice for kid-friendly outdoor activities like cycling, swimming, surfing, climbing or canyoning and the rich historic heritage with medieval castles, grand palaces and traditional villages allows for exciting discoveries.
Many hotels in Portugal are very focused on families and offer many extra services and facilities, ranging from kid friendly menus, babysitting service or activity programs for kids. Alternatively, farms cater for families looking for a more rural escape in the countryside.

What to bring
Depending where and when you travel, there are several things you should make sure that end up in your suitcase before setting off.
As summer is generally warm, if not even hot in Portugal, light summer clothes will be a must, including shorts, t-shirts and light summer shoes. Make sure to bring swim gear and the necessary protection against the sun, including lotion, sun glasses and a sun hat, though all of the items are of course widely available in Portugal at reasonably good prices. Due to the breeze, evenings spent at the sea can feel a bit chilly, so don’t forget a light sweater or cardigan. If you are travelling to the more continental mountain areas, a warm jumper will keep you warm in case you experience a colder evening or two. The terrain is fairly dry over the summer months, so solid shoes for hiking tours will work fine, though proper hiking shoes or boots will give you extra stability and grip when hiking in some of the rocky areas.
Winters are not cold in Portugal, but prepare for rainy days, so bring a waterproof coat or rain jacket. Solid shoes are perfect for exploring towns and cities and, if you are planning on hiking or walking in nature, hiking shoes or boots are highly recommended for this time of year. Also pack a few sweaters and cardigans for the colder evenings. Temperatures in central and eastern Portugal tend to be lower than along the coast. The sun can still be strong, especially in the mountain areas, so it is always a good idea to bring sun lotion, sun glasses and a hat.
To catch Portugal in all it’s historic and natural beauty, you should of course not forget to bring a camera. A small backpack or bag will be perfect for storing your valuables while out exploring.

 

For more practical travel advise and general information on visiting Portugal, please follow the link below.

 

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* The minimum age is based on the overall tour, some activities can require a higher minimum age, this will be advised at proposal stage. While not all activities are suitable for very small children, we are happy to tailor the tour to meet your specific wishes and needs.

**  The activity level is based on the amount of tours and activities included (1 - few tours and activities with a lot of free time, 5 - a lot of tours and activities with little free time). The activity level does not reflect the difficulty of the activities or tours included. Itineraries can be tailored to match the preferred level of activity.

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