10+
Age
1 week
Duration
Medium
Physicality
Alentejo
Destination

Walking in Portugal’s Alentejo means getting off the beaten track and savouring the region’s peace and quiet, its slow pace of life, heritage and rare fauna and flora.

The region of the Alentejo covers a third of Portugal from central to southern Portugal but only contains 12% of the population and it is still relatively undiscovered by tourists. It offers secluded walks in quiet countryside with a dramatic, unspoilt coastline and lots of historical towns and villages. The countryside is characterized by wide open spaces and primary colours- bright blue skies, undulating, golden fields of wheat, pea green rolling hills and wide plains with ochre-red soil and white-washed villages. It is suitable for walkers of all levels and can be a rewarding introduction to walking in Portugal. The region’s ancient olive trees and cork oaks provide an important habitat for many of Portugal’s endangered species. So next time you buy a bottle of wine choose one with a natural cork and help to protect Portugal’s wildlife.

Contact us at sandy@portugal-sport-and-adventure.com for a full itinerary and rates!

 

 

If you’re main focus is on culture and gastronomy, these are the tours for you! We offer a wide variety of options, with excellent accommodation, to ensure your stay in Alentejo is a memorable one!

History lovers should consider a walking holiday near Evora and Monsaraz. The centre of Évora is an UNESCO world heritage site with a Roman temple, a medieval aqueduct and romanesque, gothic, manueline, renaissance and baroque architecture visible in palaces, churches and squares. It is surrounded by olive groves, vineyards and attractive villages. Nearby Monsaraz is a strikingly beautiful medieval walled village strategically situated on a hill top near the Spanish border. It has impressive views over the local countryside. Once you have admired the village there are a number of interesting megalithic tombs and standing stones to visit in the surrounding area- look out for signs saying “anta”.

Finally don’t forget one further benefit of walking in Portugal. If after all that walking you’ve worked up an appetite, you will love the Alentejo’s traditional farmhouse style cooking. Meat-eaters have to try the ‘porco preto’ this pork comes from an ancient local breed of free range black pigs and is the best we’ve ever eaten!

We designed this tour for people searching for a good mix of nature and heritage, and a sprinkle of excellent cuisine on top! The tour explores the Natural Park of Serra d’Aires and Candeeiros and the beautiful region of Évora, a city classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.

Your evenings will be spent with Chefs or local people. In our cooking classes you will learn delicious and simple Portuguese food. At each place you will be given a little book with the recipe of what you cooked so that you may repeat the experience at home.

We can adapt the week to your wishes adding: 

OPTION 1 – 1 or 2 nights in the Natural Park of Serra d’Aires and Candeeiros, where there are more walking treks 

OPTION 2 – adding a couple of nights in Redondo, in the Convent of , a gorgeous convent restored as an hotel, in a beautiful mountain area. 2 walking trails available here.

OPTION 3 – for a more dramatic change of scenery, adding 2 to 4 nights in the Natural Park of the south west coast and Vicentina Coast. Continue walking with our tour Wild Southwest Coast walking trip

So you may be walking in natural parks for several days!

Duration: 8 days

 

Price: Guided from 2370eur pp

Self Guided from 1585eur pp

Includes:

7 nights on double room in charm hotels
Breakfast
2 Dinners with 2 glasses of wine/beers/soft drinks
4 Cooking Classes
Picnic lunches on 4 walking tour days
Transfers on walking routes when necessary
Transfer from Alvados to Évora with a stop in Batalha
Personal accident for the tour days
VAT Tax

With the Walking in Paradise tour our aim is to combine a wonderful stay at our very special guesthouse, 7 kms from Évora, with the discovery of the ever surprising Alentejo.

You’ll find out your days will be full of things to see but also relaxing! And our food… delicious! During your stay we’ll take you through exclusive hiking trails, local cafés, beautiful historical monuments, artisans and wineries.

Each day is different, the mix of different landscapes, the scents of the morning breeze, the sounds of late afternoon beetles and crickets, the golden colors of the summer fields and the wild life that pops up to surprise you! As it is a hotel based walking tour you don’t need to worry about packing and unpacking each day.

Duration: 5 days or 8 days

 

Price: Guided from 990eur pp

Self Guided from 650eur pp

Includes:

7 nights on double room in low season
Breakfast
Welcome regional snack
1 dinner with 2 glasses of wine/beers/soft drinks
Transfers for starting point and transfer back
Personal accident for the tour days
VAT tax
Guide
Picnic lunches for every walking tour day
2 more dinners
1 lunch in Arraiolos

Here you’ll enjoy medieval castled villages, the gorgeous city of Évora and the fabulous Alentejo gastronomy. You’ll be walking on isolated tracks where not a lot of people go, having the feeling that nature is all yours!

Then we drive to the coast and introduce you to a totally different scenario: the wild Alentejo Coastone of the most beautiful of the world. You’ll be taken aback by the endless views, the rough sea and the contrast between the blue ocean and the colorful rocks. 

This route can be done either guided or self-guided. Picking a guided tour will give us the opportunity to personally explore and interpret with you all the monuments, culture, gastronomy and traditions of our people. With a guide you may decide what when and where along the way really customizing your tour. And we will have the opportunity to get to know you and share a bit of who we are. We recommend our guided hiking tour in Portugal, but the tour is available self guided as well.

Duration: 8 days

 

Price: Guided from 1950eur pp

Self guided from 860eur pp

Includes:

Accommodation in double room in low season
Transfer from Évora to the coast
1 dinner at our farm, without drinks
24h phone support
Souvenir
Maps, route instructions and history notes
Personal accident insurance
VAT tax
Guide to walk with the group
Guide assistant at the coast
1 Wine tasting at winery
1 Cheese tasting
5 Picnic lunches (7 nights option)
2 Picnic lunches (3 nights option)
Support car during 4 walking days at the coast

In each day you will travel not only through impressive landscapes teeming with wildlife and beautiful flora but also through our rich history and traditions.

From the ancient mythical monuments to the vibrant well preserved city centers, this is  a magical voyage from the stone age to modern times. Alentejo is known for its calm and serenity, so we invite you to relax and set your pace, disconnect from the rest of the world and enjoy the long hours and our easy going way of life.

Duration: 8 days

 

Price: on request

Included:

7 nights on double room in low season
Breakfast
Welcome regional snack
5 dinners with 2 glasses of wine/beers/soft drinks
Transfers to and from the walk tours
Transfers between hotels
Personal accident for the tour days
VAT tax

 

For a holiday that combines coastal and countryside walks why not visit the western Alentejo? The Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina is an area of outstanding natural beauty and the perfect destination for naturalists. Its rugged, untamed coastline with offshore islands, imposing ochre cliffs, pristine beaches and immense sand dunes is as popular with sea birds as it is with photographers. As you go inland you will find otter friendly salt marshes, small ponds, scrub land and oak, alder and pine woodland. The park is home to around 200 species of birds including kites, Bonneli eagles, peregrine falcons, owls, white storks, herons, kingfishers and songbirds. Other inhabitants include foxes, genets, wild cats, wild boar, badgers, hares, weasels, lizards, salamanders and tree-frogs. It is also one of the few places in Portugal where you can still find ospreys and Iberian lynx. The park is particularly beautiful when carpeted in spring flowers, but all year around it is rich in, often unique, flora with over 100 different native plants present. Further north there is good walking near Santiago do Cacém with its Moorish castle and Roman ruins. As you can follow winding paths through the quiet hills, valleys, woods and streams of the Serra de Grândola.

The Parque Natural Serra de São Mamede covers 120 square miles (320 square km) and borders Spain. It is encircled by the ancient towns of Castelo de Vide, Marvão and Portalegre, which is home to the park’s headquarters. These are well worth exploring in their own right and make a good base for walking in Portugal’s eastern Alentejo. The park itself encompasses granite mountains, rolling hills, fertile valleys and sweet chestnut, cork oak, olive, and oak woodland. It is probably at its most beautiful in spring when it is blanketed in wild flowers. As you walk through the park you will discover that it has its own microclimate. This has made it an extremely important, and interesting, habitat. More than half of Portugal’s bird species nest here and it has one of the largest bat colonies in Europe. Keep an eye out for songbirds, hoopoes, bee-eaters, birds of prey including vultures, eagles and harriers, storks, butterflies, lizards, snakes, toads and deer and if you’re lucky, otters, mongoose, genets and wild boar.

At the Parque Natural do Vale Guadiana, indulge in peaceful walks through unspoilt country and along the banks of the river Guadiana to admire the sunbathing turtles and poised herons. The park’s seclusion and tranquility have protected a rich variety of flora and fauna. As well as wild boars, foxes, hares, rabbits and partridges, it shelters many endangered species such as otters, black storks, azure-winged magpies, red kites, Bonelli’s eagle and the Iberian toad. The nearby towns of Serpa and Mértola provide glimpses of a traditional Portuguese way of life. If you are walking in this area you should also take time to visit the dramatic Pulo do Lobo waterfall between Mértola and Beja.

Step by step you will travel the archaeological sites of ancient Arab cities and memories, taking you back to remote times when Portugal wasn’t even ours! Explore at a leisurely pace, the wild and unspoiled scenery of the southwest coast of Portugal; its nature and biodiversity, smells and colors. Also experience the authentic rural atmosphere and traditional lifestyles where fishing activities and agriculture are daily life for everyone. This can only mean one thing – you are in the best place to taste the delicious southern gastronomy!

Duration: 7 days

Price: from 900eur pp

Discover a wild, scrubby expanse of low hills and wave-pounded cliffs. There is an incredible stillness to the landscape, ending abruptly at the Atlantic Ocean. This program will take you through a remarkable trail along the south west coast of the country, where you discover unspoiled nature, fishing villages and wonderful beaches. To travel here is to take a step back in time! Life rolls along at a easy pace. The simplicity and quietness of the lifestyle will make you want to stay here forever!

Duration: 7 days

Price: 890eur from eur pp

 

 

You’ll be overwhelmed by the endless views, the rough sea and the contrast between the blue ocean and the colorful rocks. Stork nests hanging on top of pointy rocks challenge gravity and the flora and bird watching are as rich as it gets.

This track is simply unforgettable. If you can only do one walking tour, this is it!
This route can be done either guided or self-guided. Picking a guided tour will give us the opportunity to personally explore and interpret with you all the monuments, culture, gastronomy and traditions of our people. With a guide you may decide what when and where along the way really customizing your tour. And we will have the opportunity to get to know you and share a bit of who we are.

Duration: 5 days

Price: Guided from 1500eur pp

Self Guided from 580eur pp

Included:

Accommodation with breakfast
Transfer from and to airport
Maps, route instructions and history notes
Support car during 4 walking days
Guide to walk with the group
Guide assistant
4 Picnic lunches
3 Dinners without wine
Boat crossing in Vila Nova de Mil Fontes
24h phone support
Personal accident insurance
Gift
VAT tax

 

Looking for an extra long holiday walk! We offer 12 and 14 day walks, covering the most beautiful areas of the Alentejo! Contact us for full details and prices!

With 12 days you can really explore the south region of Portugal. Start by discovering the city centre of Lisbon and the surrounding Natural Parks. Then spend 3 days walking in the interior of the region of Alentejo, where we say “time is time”.  Discover castles and undulating hills where unexpected views are always surprising you. Visit a winery or two if this is what you like. Finish your holiday walking 4 days in our impressive coast line.

Day 8 can be tyring, so if you have an extra day, we recommend doing the transfer in one day and then walk on the next.

Other combinations are possible if you want multi-days walk Portugal.

If you want a tailor made trip just contact us! We can combine your walking holiday with wine tastings, pottery making, cheese farm visits, cork learning, cycling, canoeing.

A taste of everything for a memorable walking holiday!

With 14 days you can really explore the south region of Portugal without rush. Start by discovering the city centre of Lisbon and the surrounding Natural Parks. Then spend 4 days walking in the interior of the region of Alentejo, where we say “time is time”.  Discover castles and undulating hills where unexpected views are always surprising you. Visit a winery or two if this is what you like. Finish your self guided or guided walking tours in Portugal with 4 days in our impressive coast line.

Other combinations are possible, so if you want a tailor made trip just contact us! We can combine your walking holiday with wine tastings, pottery making, cheese farm visits, cork learning, cycling, canoeing.

Discover a wild scrubby expanse of low hills and wave-pounded cliffs. This program will take you through miles and miles of golden beaches, authentic rural life, fishing communities and old villages that seem to be lost in time. Here, life rolls at a leisurely pace where in step by step you will enjoy experiences and history! Traditional and charming accommodations will be an oasis to recharge your batteries for next days adventures and the gastronomy a must each and every day!

Duration: 14 days

Price: from 1380eur pp

Discover the picturesque villages, historical heritage, people lifestyles and delicious fresh local products of southern Portugal! The historical trails will amaze you! From the Arabic heritage, to the religious and exquisite architecture, to the coastal buildings, there are plenty of sites for you to discover! The BEST walking holiday in Portugal! One thing we can assure, in each step you will collect an experience  and images that will remain with you forever!

Duration: 15 days

Price: from 1550eur pp

 

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