This holiday is a combination of our one week holiday in Gateway to the Golden Alentejo and our one week holiday in Portugal's Ribatejo & the Silver Coast.
Welcome to the Alentejo and the Ribatejo, perfect for walking and adventure in a land of tradition and heritage! The Alentejo is a warm, dry and mostly gentle region, north of the Algarve, which has been ignored by all but a few. On the other hand, Portugal’s most ancient & fascinating regions is in the fertile area of Ribatejo. For centuries, the Ribatejo has been the heart of the wine estates, wheat growing and silk production. It is famous nowadays for cattle & horse raising giving it the reputation of the “wild west of Portugal”.
This holiday is designed by our local resident leaders to explore lesser known Portugal. The Alentejo and Ribatejo are sparsely populated regions with open horizons, where the rhythm of life follows the idle sound of regional songs. We’ll lead you amongst remarkable traces of ancient cultures: dolmens and cromlechs, Roman and Arab vestiges mingling with more recent signs of Christianity of which the numerous medieval castles are but one example. Walk alongside vast wheat- fields and vineyards where intense green and golden colours characterise the plains; in spring time the fields are covered in a carpet of wild flowers.
We travel to the heart of the Alentejo to the picturesque town of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The intriguing mix of architecture from various eras dating back to the Romans, history and in spring, the wild flowers are a great accompaniment to the excellent walks.
We move to Portalegre sited at the foot of the São Mamede mountain range and natural park. Here we will find fantastic food and wines, and ancient traditions as well as superb walking.
We say goodbye to the Alentejo and move to the Ribatejo, to the beautiful city of Abrantes. Its castle, rising above the river Tejo, gazes southwards across the plains of the south bank of the Tejo. To the north the verdant rolling hills rise up to protect it. Full of history from Celtic and Romans times, it became favourite of the Portuguese kings who endowed it with some of its finest buildings, Abrantes reflects a full & diverse history. Today it’s a thriving yet peaceful town, where it is worth taking a walk round the whitewashed houses & cobbled streets which are considered to have the richest floral decoration in the whole country.
From here, we move to the Silver Coast, the “Costa da Prata”, named for its silver beaches, dotted with “singing” windmills & traditional fishing villages – like Nazaré. Nazaré, is one of the most famous fishing villages in Portugal!In mid-summer tourists flock to its spectacular beaches but out of season it returns to the authentic fishing village it once was.
Join us on a remarkable adventure through the Alentejo and Ribatejo.