This journey was designed to allow a historical perspective of Évora, the capital of the Alentejo regions and classified by UNESCO as a World Heritage site due to its excellent preservation throughout history. Wandering around Évora, with its narrow streets, churches and monuments, is like walking through past centuries. A relaxing stay on a beautiful ancient farm and several visits to wineries – including one that makes its wines as the Romans did 2000 years ago are just several of the highlights of these three days.
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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One hour away from Lisbon and near Évora, our first stop will be at the Almendres Cromlech, a megalithic monument of the Neolithic period and the most important of the Iberian Peninsula. We will then continue on towards Cartuxa, an icon in the wine history of Alentejo. This secular building surrounded by organic vineyards is a place to learn to discern between the aromas that make up the grape varieties. The tranquil but informative visit ends with a sampling of their world-famous wines and olive oils.
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.
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.
In the afternoon we’ll visit a palace on one of the most noble and strategic points of the city of Évora and, for that reason, the subject of various occupations throughout its history.
At the end of the day, we will arrive at our final destination for the day. You will find a tranquil and privileged place to embrace nature.
In the same family for more than 200 years, this remarkable hotel of understated luxury is surrounded by ancient holm oaks, olive groves, and vineyards. Here, the feeling of being at home is intimately connected with the sense of belonging to the vastness of the land. This high-end hotel features whitewashed interiors, original vaulted ceilings and a farm to table restaurant. On a clear night, you won’t want to miss the beautiful starry sky.
Our day will start calmly with a visit to one of nature’s miracles: olive trees that are over 2000 years old. We will climb up to Monsaraz, a village that was conquered from the Moors in the 12th century and protected by its walls with shale streets and whitewashed walls. The entire fortified hilltop town of Monsaraz is a living museum of narrow stone streets lined with ancient white houses.
We’ll go through its medieval streets discovering a backdrop of stunning views of the Alentejo and Albufeira landscape of the Alqueva Dam (the largest artificial lake in Europe). Our lunch will be nearby and we will return to São Lourenço do Barrocal where you can opt for one of their numerous activities: horseback riding, spa, bike riding, trekking… Dinner will be at Monsaraz, at a typical restaurant where you will meet Isabel, the chef and the life of the party! Before that, however, you’ll be able to take a tour of the winery at São Lourenço de Barrocal and sample their wines.
Our day will start calmly with a visit to the tiny village of São Pedro do Corval, one of Portugal’s major centers for hand-painted pottery. There’s a cluster of pottery workshops in the main square. You’ll be able to watch them work from start to finish.
Keeping a tradition that the Romans started over 2000 years ago, the Reguengos winery José de Sousa is equipped with 114 clay amphorae, a fermentation method as rare as it is old. We will stop by this ancient winery with its below ground level cellars.
Situated in the heart of Alentejo and integrated into the region DOC Reguengos de Monsaraz, Herdade do Esporão’s modern and traditional knowledge combine with a profound respect for nature, reflected in experiences that extend to all Herdade do Esporão’s wine tourism activities. The business belongs to the family company that takes great pride in their responsible, non-conforming way of looking at the wine industry. He continually strives for excellence and Esporão tower dates back from the 13th century. The view over the vineyard is a relaxing frame for an afternoon of experiences that will end with a wine and olive oil sampling.