If you are looking at this one week holiday why not make your stay two weeks by joining us on Escape to the Alentejo and the Ribatejo.
This holiday visits two of Portugal’s most ancient & fascinating regions, 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”.
Our first centre is the beautiful city of Abrantes. Its castle, set against the backdrop of the verdant rolling hills, rises above the river Tejo, gazes southwards across the plains of the south bank of the Tejo. 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 authentic fishing villages in Portugal! Beautifully located in between its crescent-shaped sandy beach on one side and the rocky promontory of Sitío on the other, Nazaré has some of the oldest fishing traditions in Portugal.
We will still see the authentic fishing village that Nazaré once was and enjoy the unique atmosphere that can still be found there. Delight in the colourful, wooden and elegant fishing boats still used today with their typical curved prows drawn up on the sandy beach amongst the drying nets. To the north of the beach rises the rocky promontory of Sítio where a funicular leads up the hillside to this ancient settlement. Here, we have a different perspective, where picture-postcard coastal views unfold from the cliffs to north & south.
Our week will take us through undiscovered traditional Portuguese villages filled with centuries of history and along its meandering tranquil rivers. We'll capture beautiful shell shaped lagoon bays and discover the unique Mediterranean Flora Island of Sâo Brás Hill. This is a holiday immersed in history, flora and unexplored areas.