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We fly to Lisbon Airport and transfer to Evora (1 hour).
We start our discovery of Evora by taking an orientation walk. We wind our way through the cork oak woodlands. After lunch we will venture through the beautiful valley of the Rio Valverde and its typical Alentejo village.
12.5km (7.8 miles), 73m ascent / 125m descent
Today we explore the Ribeira de Valverde, passing through the villages of Valverde and Guadalupe. We wind our way through the cork oaks and over open rolling Alentejo countryside to the beautiful lake at Nossa Senhora da Tourega. We pass prehistoric monuments and classic Alentejo scenery.
12.8km (8 miles), 105m ascent / 149m descent
This morning is free for you to explore the local area or have a relax in the hotels swimming pool. We transfer to Portalegre with a visit the famous marble city of Estremoz on the way. Estremoz is surrounded by spectacular winding walls whose upper city still lies behind 13th century battlements. The total transfer time (not including stops) is 2 hours.
We discover Marvao with a walk in this medieval town perched high on a granite crag of the Sao Mamede Mountains. Surrounded by walls and with a majestic castle that has defended the population from the Spanish through history. We will admire the spectacular view and then walk along a medieval road with ancient stone walls. It was recently considered one of the "1000 Places to see before you die", by the New York Times. It stands out for its imposing Castle and its Neolithic and Roman remains.
9km (5.8 miles) ascent / descent 407m.
Our walk today is along the Ribeira de Nisa. From the village of Monte Carvalho the path takes us eastwards to meet the river which we will ascend through a small gorge to the plateau, offering magnificent views. We descend through lanes, farmland, beautiful meadows and stunning countryside back to Monte Carvalho.
10km (6 miles), ascent / descent 330m.
Walk from Carreiras to Senhora da Penha on an old roman road, continuing to Castelo de Vide to visit the town. We’ll climb to Senhora da Penha, a little chapel on the top of a hill where there is an amazing view over Castelo de Vide. We will walk along narrow lanes, bordered by cork trees or stone walls and descend to Castelo de Vide, a beautiful town in the Alentejo located in the cool mountains of the Natural Park of São Mamede. Castelo de Vide is another well-kept border town complete with impressive ramparts, ruined castle, panoramic views and natural spring waters.
10km (6 miles) ascent 286m / descent 327m.
Today we say goodbye to those on our 1 week holiday 'Gateway to the Golden Alentejo' and transfer to Abrantes where we greet those on our 1 week holiday 'Portugal's Ribatejo and the Silver Coast'.
We discover Abrantes and its history today. We walk alongside the green and luxurious river banks of the longest Portuguese river, the Tejo River.
Our walk takes us along ancient trails and through wooded hills around Sardoal, a charming village above Abrantes. It is the ‘garden village’, characterised by its typical white houses and abundance of colourful flowers.
Today we transfer to Nazare by private coach. We visit Tomar en route where we walk along the relaxed banks of the River Nabao towards town. We have lunch and time to explore the city before continuing to our next centre.
Our walk brings us to the charming village of S. Martinho do Porto, to the south of Nazare. The village, once a commercial port for receiving the boats that carried wood to build the caravels in which we discovered the new world, is famously known for its magnificent scalloped shaped bay, white sandy beaches and calm blue waters.
We walk on Sao Bras Hill, a protected area and remarkable magmatic mound covered by pine woodlands. It was once a beacon for adrift boats due to its visibility 35km into the sea.
We take a walk through the countryside and woodland into the traditional town of Alcobaca where we find the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Monastery of Santa Maria.
– We say goodbye to the silver coast and transfer to Lisbon airport for our return flight to the UK.