‘One of the best places to visit in the world’ – National Geographic Magazine. This is your opportunity to discover a hidden gem; a land steeped in history with its own natural beauty. An area that remains undiscovered except by those willing to go that extra step to find a landscape scattered with architectural treasures – the UNESCO classified town of Evora, the castle of Valango and the magnificent walled village of Monsaraz all within an environment that remains unspoilt and full of tradition.
You will stay in 3 different but beautifully appointed accommodations – a restored Quinta, a modernised convent and a typical Alentejo town house in the heart of Monsaraz. All rated 4 stars.
- Finest traditions and the warmest of welcomes
- Unspoilt and uncommonly beautiful countryside
- Archaeology in abundance
- Evora – a world heritage town
Day 1. Arrival at Evora where you will be met and transferred to the Quinta (Evora is 1.5 hours by bus from Lisbon and there is a good daily service). Dinner with a welcome drink in the evening.
Day 2. A walk through the countryside awash with herbs following the magnificent 16th century aquaduct to the town of Evora where with our guide notes you visit the magnificent monuments, the old Roman temple and the surreal chapel of bones, depending on route chosen 12 – 15km. Transfer back to the Quinta.
Day 3. Enjoy the beautiful holm oaks forests scattered with large granite boulders that were used by our ancestors 6,000BC to build there burial chambers and cult sites. On the walk you will visit the Dolmen of Zambujeiro – biggest in Europe, the Cromelech of Almendres, the Menir of Almendres and the church of Mitra, depending on route chosen 15 – 18km, overnight the Quinta.
Day 4. Today it is an amazing walk. From the Quinta you follow the Degebe river valley to the castle of Valongo perched on a hilltop in the middle of nowhere! From there you continue you on the old town of Redondo, 12km. Overnight Redondo.
Day 5. A circular walk from the beautiful convent where you are staying to explore the flora and fauna of the Sierra da Ossa, 7 or 19km. Overnight Redondo
Day 6. Transfer to the famous pottery village of Sao Pedro do Corval (about 40 minutes) for a beautiful walk through the countryside On your way you pass prehistoric megaliths and monuments and all the time you can see the magnificent walled town of Monsaraz perched on the hilltop, 16km. Overnight Monsaraz
Day 7 A wonderful walk down through olive groves and ancient countryside before climbing gently back up to Monsaraz with time to explore the town and enjoy the views of the lakes from the town walls before walking on to your hotel, 11km. Overnight Monsaraz.
Day 8. Sadly it is time to say goodbye and we transfer you back to Evora
- 7 night’s accommodation in a twin / double room with en-suite facilities
- 7 breakfasts
- Luggage transfers
- 5 dinners and 4 picnic lunches
- Transfer from and to Evora
- GPS routes to download to your cell phone and walking notes & maps. A handheld GPS is available to hire at a small charge payable locally
- Travel insurance
- 2 dinners (no dinner is offered in Monsaraz, there are restaurants close by)
- 2 lunches
Cost per person: 930 euro
Single room supplement: 290 euro
Single transport supplement if only one walking: 285 euro