ENJOY ALL THE LITTLE PLEASURE WITH EMOTION & EXPERIENCE
The Alentejo is the breadbasket of Portugal, makes half its wine and is the largest producer of cork in the world. The region is being touted as the new Tuscany, or the affordable Tuscany. Certainly, it’s just as food-orientated, and entry-level wines are better value than in Chianti shire. Architecturally, the Alentejo also has an abundance of Roman remains: Évora has city walls, a huge aqueduct and a temple dedicated to Augustus.
You need to feel it and see it, so we would like to invite you to come and live this magical moment on the Alentejo with us.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL AT AIRPORT PORTO | ELVAS
Arrival at Lisbon International Airport & direct transfer to Elvas. Our staff will be delighted to welcome your guests. You will stay in a unique place as the building is still the one where the first Inn was opened in Portugal in 1942. Opened in 1942, the Santa Luzia Pousada was the first of the luxury chain of Pousadas of Portugal. As the city of Elvas is located near the border between Portugal & Spain, the Pousada was the stage of some of the few secret meetings between Salazar and Franco. So let your imagine flow and be part of this mystical and historical place. Dinner included at the Pousada with a show Cooking of the traditional Golden Codfish dish, famous for its history. Overnight at the hotel in Elvas.
DAY 2 – ELVAS | MARVÃO | CASTELO DE VIDE | ÉVORA
Breakfast buffet. Elvas is truly one of Portugal’s hidden gems, an historic and wonderfully preserved town situated on the arid plains of the Portuguese-Spanish border. Elvas is located in the far east of the country, and few tourists rarely consider visiting, but those who make the journey will be rewarded with a fascinating town rich in history and beauty. When viewed from the air the town walls of Elvas form a unique star shape and hiding behind these complex defenses is a delightful town that exudes Portuguese charm. Our guide will take you on a Tour through this beautiful city. Next stop in Marvão, one of the prettiest medieval towns in Portugal. Is like stepping into the history of Portugal. For centuries, it has served as a border town to Spain and the fortified town has withstood many battles with the Spanish troops. So Marvão is sitting on a mountaintop, representing the past these days. Is a very impressive town. With thick walls surround it and a large castle is sitting on top. Lunch included at the Pousada of Marvão, where you will be able to witness an amazing panoramic view. After lunch before getting to Évora, a very special spot also called as the “Princess of the Alentejo”, Castelo de Vide. Is one of the most romantic places in this region. It’s fortified village that underwent several raids in the Middle Ages because of its proximity with Spain. Take the opportunity to lose yourself in the alleys, on the Jewish quarter and end at the Castle and surrounding lovely houses decorated with beautiful flowers. Overnight in Évora and dinner at the Hotel.
DAY 3 – ÉVORA | VILA VIÇOSA| ÉVORA
Breakfast at the hotel. The morning will be spent in Évora. In 1986, the city's historic center of Évora was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, stood out for its various historical monuments in contrast to the white houses that were inspired by the Islamic Art of Al-Andalus. Visit the cathedral with interesting Gothic details, The Roman Temple of Evora, known as the Roman Temple of Diana, and the strange, most impressive, century-old Bones Chapel located in St. Francis Church. It was built in the 17th century on the initiative of three Franciscan monks who, in the spirit of the time (Religious Counter-Reformation according to the norms of the Council of Trent), intended to convey the message of the transience of life, as can be deduced from the famous warning at the entrance : "We bones here are waiting for you." Continuing to Vila Viçosa, known as the “Gems of Alentejo”. Although small, this is one of the most precious and charming jewels of Alentejo. The village is truly an open-air museum. The name Vila Viçosa (lush village) is due to the fertility of the soils and the charming territory. This village in Alentejo Portugal is Florbela Espanca’s hometown, one of the country’s most notorious poetesses. The author has written extraordinary works of art of Portugal’s literature. She was also a pioneer in the feminist movement in the nation. So, she was extremely important to make the Portuguese aware of the name of the village, unknown before her time. With a rich heritage created by Man throughout the centuries, Vila Viçosa is full of history. However, Nature was and still is the provider of the raw material with which multiple decorative pieces made of rock are created. The highlight goes to marble, a fundamental part in the economy of the whole county. Today and for a long time. Vila Viçosa started being the royal residence during the holidays of the King João IV, a splendid royal palace which has no match in the Portuguese architecture. That is why you must visit it. Here, you will be able to appreciate rare beauty that you will never forget. Why? Well, first because it is a building in the Mannerist style, with a 110-meter facade totally covered with marble from the region. Lunch at the Pousada of Vila Viçosa included. Dinner free. Accommodation at the hotel in Évora
DAY 4 – ÉVORA | ARRAIOLOS | SÃO LOURENÇO DO BARROCAL
Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will discover that the capital of Alentejo, Portugal’s largest province, also sits among some of the most extensive and remarkable prehistoric remains in Europe. Not quite as spectacular as Stonehenge and Avebury, or Carnac, but almost. Visit to one of the largest megalithic sites in Europe – and it's perfectly positioned to celebrate the solstice. The Megalithics, with two thousand years older than the Wiltshire stone circle, the Cromlech of the Almendres. After this trip through the past we will continue to Arraiolos, a small town, one of the best kept secrets of Portugal, with a true feel of rural Portugal. Admire the Arraiolos tapestry rugs, a Portuguese arts and crafts that are amazing and they are all embroidered by hand. After this charming visit we will head to a local wine estate producer to learn about the wines of the Alentejo region followed by a delicious and handmade lunch (drinks included). The winery has also one of the biggest private carriage collections, that is just outstanding. Continue to São Lourenço do Barrocal. Free dinner. Accomodation at the hotel in São Lourenço do Barrocal.
DAY 5 – SÃO LOURENÇO DO BARROCAL | REGUENGOS DE MONSARAZ |SÃO LOURENÇO DO BARROCAL
Breakfast at the hotel. São Lourenço do Barrocal is located in a wild corner of the Alentejo, Portugal, in the foothills of medieval Monsaraz and nearby the Alqueva lake. Within a 780-hectare estate that has been in the same family for over 200 years, it has its heart at an ancient small farming village, which has been brought back to the rhythms of rural daily life as a remarkable hotel of understated luxury, set amidst ancient holm oaks, olive groves and vineyards. Here, all the comforts of a contemporary lifestyle are cultivated so guests can have the most experience while staying on a working farm, in communion with nature, heritage and people of all ages, being part of a budding community. São Lourenço do Barrocal comprises a winery for the creation of its firstclass single-estate wines. Visit to one of Portugal’s most beautifully preserved medieval towns, roaming through its streets and monuments in Reguengos de Monsaraz and its hilltop castle from where you can watch the sunset over the stunning lake views. Continue to the Alqueva Lake for a boat cruise with lunch included. Free Dinner. Accomodation at São Lourenço do Barrocal.
DAY 6 – ÉVORA | BELÉM | LISBOA
Breakfast at the hotel and check out at 08.00am. On our way to Lisbon the coolest city of the moment and considered the best city break and best destination in the world according to World´s Travel Awards. Contemplate the Tagus of the Terreiro do Paço, place from where the caravels left in search of new seas. When you arrive to Belém, opportunity to taste the famous custard in Belém with a Coffee, that is to die for. Then time to enjoy the great monuments as Tower of Belém (suggestion to see from the outside) and Jerónimos Monastery the UNESCO World Heritage at 11.00am, two magnificent examples of the Gothic Manueline and the Monument of the Discoveries landmark erected in 1960. Lunch at Restaurant Cervejaria Trindade, an old brewery with nice tiles on the walls, a nice historic restaurant with over 182 years. The history behind this historical restaurant goes back from 1924, when the Convent of the Holy trinity was built by three monks. Later on, after the massive earthquake was rebuilt as a beer factory and used the old monk dining rooms, like we see today. After we will across the glamorous Avenida da Liberdade, starting the route in the majestic Marquês de Pombal Square to Rossio, historic center. Restaurants, shops and bars here and there. Just a stone's throw from the Moorish quarter, stroll through the narrow, winding alleyways with stunning views. Contemplate the Tagus of the Terreiro do Paço, place from where the caravels left in search of new seas. Ride on the historical Tram, this vintage tram is an attraction itself. This is a historic tram that takes you in a route along the oldest and most typical narrow streets of the old town. The trip is hilly, noisy and hectic but it affords many beautiful glimpses of the city. Dinner free. Accommodation at the hotel in Lisbon.
DAY 7 – LISBON | SINTRA | HELL MOUTH | CASCAIS | ESTORIL | LISBON
Breakfast at the hotel. Sintra is, by excellence, the most mystical and romantic destination in Portugal and considered a Unesco World Heritage Site. His sudden and mysterious mists; the farms, palaces and mansions that dot the green of the mountains; and the novels, poems and other works of art he has already inspired; have helped to make this village a unique destination, magical and absolutely enthralling. Sintra is a picturesque Portuguese village, located in the center of the hills of the Serra de Sintra. This slightly cooler climate attracted the nobility and elite of Portugal, whose build exquisite palaces, extravagant residences and decorative gardens. In the historical center there are beautiful cobbled streets, filled with shops and traditional cafes. Visit the Pena Palace and Gradens. Sat upon one of the peaks overlooking the Sintra Hills, the Moorish Castle is a fortification built in around the 10th century following the conquest of the Iberian Peninsula by the Moors and visit a romantic property, the Quinta da Regaleira is one of the most surprising of all Sintra monuments. Located on the outskirts of the town, it was built 1904 e 1910, in the last days of the Portuguese monarchy. (Entrances included to the Pena palace/ Moors Castle). Free lunch in Cascais. To get to the heart of the city, listen to its achingly beautiful music. Today you will feel the Portuguese soul while enjoying a good Portuguese Meal with drinks included in a typical restaurant out of the main touristic path (Transfer in & out included).
DAY 8 – LISBON | DEPARTURE FROM LISBON AIRPORT
Breakfast at the hotel and check out procedures.
Transfer to the Airport. Have a nice flight back home.