Dark Sky Alqueva_Moura, Herdade da Conte

WONDERS OF ALENTEJO

 
 

Best time to travel

April - October

Trip type

Private and small group experiences

Best for

Away from the crowds

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Beautiful UNESCO listed Evora with its wealth of national monuments

  • Dark sky kayaking experience on the Alqueva reservoir

  • Relax and spoil you taste buds at an exclusive Alentejo wine quinta

  • Unspoiled coastline and scenery along the Costa Vincentina

  • Authentic Alentejo traditions, heritage and culture

 

Alentejo is known for its slower pace of life, its friendly people, the rich traditional heritage and its distinct style of cooking. Relax, unwind and experience authentic Portugal while strolling through historic, fortified towns, hike over gentle rolling hills and along the widely untouched coastline while tasting fantastic traditional cuisine and world-class wines.

TOUR DETAILS

DAY 1 - WELCOME TO EVORA 

Transfer to Evora in the heart of the Alentejo region. The picturesque historic town is UNESCO listed and counts the highest number of National Monuments in Portugal. You will have the rest of the day free to explore the old cobbled streets and to relax in the many small cafes and restaurants. Overnight around Evora.

DAY 2 - FLAVOURS AND HERITAGE OF ALENTEJO (B, L, D)

You will explore the area around Evora and learn about some of the interesting traditions, which still form an important part of everyday life. Visit a Cork transformation center, a prickly pear farm and an old olive oil mill before settling in the kitchen of a rural farmhouse for a traditional cooking class on delicious and authentic Alentejo cooking. Overnight around Evora.

DAY 3 - EVORA WINE - MONSARAZ - DARK SKY KAYAKING (B, L)

The morning will be all about wine, depending on the season you might join in the harvesting, the tasting of young wines or venture over the vineyards to learn about the grapes. After a full wine tasting and hearty lunch, you will head to the charming medieval village of Monsaraz overlooking the Alentejo landscape and Alqueva reservoir. Due to its dark sky the area provides the perfect place for star gazing and you will get to experience the amazing dark sky on a late evening kayaking adventure on the Alqueva reservoir. Overnight in the Alqueva area.

DAY 4 - HISTORIC ALQUEVA WALK - ESCAPE TO A WINE QUINTA (B, D)

Start the day with a guided walking tour along the watermills and fortresses of the Guadiana river. Travel back in time and learn about the days prior the Alqueva reservoir on this authentic route taking you from the small town of Quinta along grain fields and river ravines while passing several windmills and a fortress. You will spend the next two days at an exclusive quinta in the beautiful, unspoiled countryside, where you will have time to relax, learn about excellent Alentejo wines and enjoy the local cuisine. Enjoy a tour over the estate, followed by a tutored wine tasting and a traditional menu dinner. Overnight Alentejo countryside quinta.

DAY 5 - TRADITIONAL ALENTEJO CUISINE (B, L, D)

Enjoy a traditional Alentejo bread workshop at the quinta, which you will then get to enjoy with a gourmet picnic on the beautiful grounds of the estate. Visit the Nossa Senhora de Aracelis, the highest point in low Alentejo with a small chapel on its top, where you will take in the magnificent views over the wide and quiet landscape. Relax at the quinta in the afternoon and enjoy a sumptuous wine themed dinner followed by a tasting of traditional liquors. Overnight Alentejo countryside quinta. 

DAY 6 - REGIONAL PASTRIES WORKSHOP - COSTA VINCENTINA (B, L)

Learn about the secrets of Portugals delicious sweet pastries in the morning, which you will then get to enjoy over a light lunch. You will then say goodbye to the beautiful quinta and travel on to the Costa Vincentina on the Atlantic Coast. The area is considered as one of the most authentic coastlines in Europe and you will spend the next couple of days walking over beautiful sand dunes and beaches set against the rugged coast and wild blue Atlantic Ocean. Overnight in Vila Nova de Milfontes. 

DAY 7 - HIKING ON THE COSTA VINCENTINA (B)

Follow in the footsteps of local fishermen, who have used these coastal tracks to reach the best fishing spots along the coast for many generations. Today you will walk from Porto Covo all the way to Milfontes on a coastal path, where pretty beaches, sand dunes and spectacular views over the ocean and rugged coast are waiting for you. Overnight in Vila Nova de Milfontes.

DAY 8 - HIKING ON THE COSTA VINCENTINA (B)

Another walking day with breath-taking scenery awaits you today as you will walk from Almograve to Zambujeira. You will pass through pretty fishing harbours, pine forests and along even more dramatic and spectacular red cliffs and sand while enjoying the sound of waves and the Atlantic ocean. Overnight in Vila Nova de Milfontes.

 

DAY 9 - DEPARTURE (B)

Transfer to the airport and departure.

OUR SERVICE FOR YOU

The itinerary is flexible and we have plenty of adventure in store, so should you wish to make minor changes to the suggested itinerary or extend your stay, we will be happy to help you plan.

 
 

SERVICES INCLUDED

ACCOMMODATION

Superior hotels and guesthouses

TRANSPORT

Private transfers 

MEALS

Breakfasts (B), Lunches (L) and Dinners (D) as outlined

EXPERIENCES

Activities, tours & visits as outlined

GUIDE

Qualified, English speaking guide on all tours, activities and experiences

SERVICE

Expert travel planning, trip preparation and on tour support

FORMAL

Taxes and insurances for the activities