This journey was crafted to unite the importance of Évora and its rich historic heritage (a UNESCO World Heritage site), to some of Alentejo’s most beautiful natural sites. The serenity of its views and the hospitality of its people will both delight and relax you.
We will drive through the Alentejo exploring its origins, visiting one of the most beautiful cities in Portugal and experiencing a reclaimed heritage of its roots.
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Évora, the capital of Alentejo, is our true gateway into Alentejo. This ancient city of narrow streets and sun-washed houses was classified as a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its excellent preservation throughout history. Évora was, in the past, a major trading and religious center, a former importance that is reflected in the variety of its sites, all of which are conveniently contained within the city’s ancient walls. However, it should not be mistaken for a sleepy old relic that is reliant upon its glorious past, for the city is young and vibrant, with a large student population who attends one of the world’s oldest universities.
We will have time to wander its narrow streets until we leave towards a beautiful Alentejo property. On the way, we are sure you’ll surrender to some of the greatest treasures of Alentejo: cork, hospitality, and passion of the people for their land. At Herdade do Sobroso we’ll enjoy the tranquility of the late afternoon and have a traditional Alentejan dinner.
The cuisine from Alentejo is considered one Portugal’s best, with centuries-old farming practices that were organic long before it was trendy. The alentejanos truly enjoy eating and being hospitable.
We can get an early start on the day with a photographic safari through the countryside (optional activity). Herdade do Sobroso is located in the Alentejo district of Vidigueira and is bordered by the Mendro mountain range to the north, the River Guadiana to the east and to the south by an enormous plain that stretches beyond the horizon. The richness of its soil lies in this geographical harmony. With this unique sense of time and space, you’ll be aware of how time is the ultimate luxury.
Lunch will be at Monsaraz, the graceful medieval village that seems to maintain the magic from ancient times.. Made of lime and schist, this place was magically suspended in time and this historic village, one of the oldest in Portugal, is a mandatory destination to add to your list of places to visit in Alentejo. The view of the Alqueva Dam will undoubtedly take your breath away.
After a visit through its narrow cobbled streets, we will return to Lisbon.
Our guide was Ana and she led us on an overwhelming adventure for these two days. We met promptly at 9am. The pace was just right for people on vacation (we kept on moving but never felt rushed). Ana was friendly and knowledgeable about the countryside, the properties, the wine and olive oils (which are delicous and she uses in copious amounts on EVERYTHING apparently!) Amazing views and the wines were great. This is a must do tour in the area.