This voyage was conceived by combining wine with magnificence and splendor. In this region of heritage of the past, it is easy to involve ourselves in the centuries of history to understand the fullness of Alentejo. From places where monumental reigns to others laden of mysticism, the Alentejo is, above all, a unique example of preservation.
We will drive into the Alentejo region passing through Estremoz – the white city of Alentejo – and spend the night at a place where the history is intimately linked to charm and design resulting in a stay filled with emotions. We complement this trip with a visit to two wineries: one with a contemporary design and another with the history and charm of the past.
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Our first stop in Alentejo will be the city of Évora, inviting you to get acquainted with the city classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site due to its excellent preservation throughout its history. A stroll through Évora is a stroll through past centuries and the city is known for preserving its history and architecture without decharacterizing it.
We’ll visit one of the most noble and strategic points in the city of Évora and, for this reason, the subject of various occupations throughout its history. If you’d like to have a panoramic view of the entire city, you can do so from the roof of the imposing cathedral, known as the Cathedral Our Lady of the Assumption, the country’s largest medieval cathedral.
We’ll delight you with the typical flavors of the region as gastronomy is an essential part of Alentejo’s culture. In fact, we say that the table in Alentejo is always set.
Wandering through its plains dotted with cork and olive trees, in the afternoon we shall visit a landscaped paradise, whose essence is its respect for nature. We will visit an innovative winery in a servile position for the vineyard and about 2500 acres of pure Alentejo surrounding it.
The visit to the innovative winery is finalized with a special wine tasting in an equally stunning space.
With its beginnings dating back to the year of 1338, the Torre de Palma Wine Hotel was inaugurated in 2014 inspired by the life mode of the distinguished family Basilii (formerly inhabitants of the neighboring Roman ruins of Torre de Palma) with full respect to the Alentejo traditions.
Dedicated to the Alentejo wine and authentic experiences, the Torre de Palma wine Hotel respected the typical Alentejo architecture, whitewashed and filled with plenty of welcoming spaces. In this boutique hotel in the heart of Alentejo wine region, you will find that the very rich gastronomic traditions of Alentejo fit in perfectly with the sophistication of chef Filipe Ramalho. Olive oil, aromatic herbs, cheeses, meats and flavor experiments that you will not want to miss. As often as possible, the organic products of the property are used in their meals.
The day will begin with a visit to the nearby Roman ruins, thereby becoming acquainted with the experience of an agricultural village of the era. This visit will be followed by a visit to the Torre the Palma winery in a very original experience.
In a landscape marked by horses and cattle, the castles of the municipality of Estremoz resemble stories of the royalty of the past.
After lunch, we visit an imposing manor house from the beginning of the 18th century. It is a unique landmark, not only because of its symmetrical beauty but also for its history and superb quality of its wines. We will visit the chapel and winery, finishing off with a wine tasting .
We will return to Lisbon by taking the April 25th bridge, one of Lisbon’s most notable landmarks as it spans the River Tagus at the narrowest point. This bridge closely resembles San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge and connects Lisbon, on the north bank, with the commuter districts of Almada on the south bank. The bridge is a distinctive landmark of Lisbon and crossing the 25 de Abril Bridge makes for a fantastic entrance back into Lisbon.