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Portugal Walking Tour – Castle and Beaches

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Portugal Walking Tour – Castle and Beaches

In this Portugal Walking Tour 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 drive to the coast and experience a totally different scenario: the wild Alentejo Coast, one of the most beautiful of the world. You’ll be overwhelmed by the endless views, the rough sea and the contrast between the blue ocean and the colourful rocks. 

All our hiking in Portugal Tours 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 tour, but you may choose self guided as well.

Highlights:

  • Portugal Walking Tour, Guided and Self Guided options
  • Évora historical centre, classified by UNESCO as World Heritage Site
  • Stunning views from Monsaraz Castle over the Alqueva lake
  • Walking along the coast in really isolated tracks
  • Lovely fisherman villages and delicious seafood.
  • Endless views from high cliffs on the fisherman’s trail
  • Varied days, landscapes changing from inland to coastline
  • 3 nights at typical farm (our guest house) with old traditional architecture and all the comfort you need
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Evora to Odeceixe
(103 Km)
8 Nights
€570 pp

Day 1: Arrival

  •  Transfer to starting point, the beautiful city of Évora.
  •  Check in at our farm and welcome drink.
  •  Dinner at the farm, included in guided and selfguided tour. We will talk a bit about the week and of hike portugal.
  •  Accommodation: Monte Do Serrado de Baixo, a charming farm with wonderful and comfortable rooms, swimming pool, fireplace and wifi. Buffet breakfast included.

Possible to change to accommodation to the city, if you prefer. Please contact us for this option. For groups bigger than 8 accommodation will be at Hotel Mar de Ar Muralhas.

Day 2: The Silver Water Aqueduct

Leaving the guesthouse towards the 16th century aqueduct, built to solve the water shortages in the city, this walk will lead to the Ancient city of Évora. Along the way the small farms and aromatic herbs that grow by the aqueduct will keep you company. To end the day, after a visit to the most relevant historical sites, there is nothing better then a cool calm drink in Évora centre square surrounded by age old buildings feeling the flow of life passing you by.At the end of the day, walk to a local winery and enjoy a visit and a wine tasting (included in guided tours).

  •  Location: Évora
  •  Tranfer: Back to farm
  •  Distance: 14 km’s
  •  Wine Tasting: Included in guided tours
  •  Lunch: At café in the city, not included
  •  Dinner: At the farm, included in guided tours
  •  Accommodation: Monte do Serrado de Baixo

Day 3: The Medieval Village

Walking around Monsaraz

The unforgettable village of Monsaraz, built in a castle on top of a hill, is always at view. Schist Rock walls will guide the walk around the beautiful fortification and finally the last climb conquers the castle and its stunning well-kept village and views over the Alqueva lake. In season you can even finish with a swim or a canoe trip! On the way back to the farm visit a pottery in São Pedro do Corval.

  •  Location: Monsaraz
  •  Distance: 16 km’s
  •  Picnic Lunch:Along the way, included in guided tours
  •  Dinner: Not included – you can order at our farm, or go to the city for a change!
  •  Accommodation: Monte do Serrado de Baixo

Day 4: The Island Route

Transfer to Porto Covo. Walking from Porto Covo to Beach of Malhão or to Vila Nova de Milfontes

OPTION 1

Today we start by visiting a cheese factory, where we learn about the simple secrets of this delicious and always present delicacy. After we will drive to the beautiful Alentejo Coast.

Porto Covo is a fisherman village with a charming architecture and relaxing atmosphere. We start by visiting the fort of the Pessegueiro Island (no entrance), from where we have a fantastic view over the cliffs. We stroll along cliffs, sand dunes and beaches. In low tide we can walk along the beach for part of the day. It will be 10 kms until the beach of Malhão, from where a transfer will take us to Vila Nova de Milfontes. Arriving to Vila Nova de Milfontes we’ll take in the gorgeous views over the river mouth, and enjoy a swim in the ocean or in the river. Vila Nova de Milfontes is a beautiful little town, and you’ll enjoy walking around its streets and maybe doing some shopping!

The hotel is just by the river/beach.

  •  Location: Porto Covo
  •  Distance: 10 km’s
  •  Lunch:Along the way, included in guided tours
  •  Dinner: Not included
  •  Accommodation: Hotel Social

OPTION 2

Skip the cheese factory and have an early wake up call.
Transfer at 7 am to reach Porto Covo at 9.30.

Then we do the walk described above and continue for 10 kms more until Vila Nova de Milfontes. We will walk along wonderful scenery and impressive cliffs. We visit the fishing port “Porto das Barcas” where we can walk to the “middle of the ocean”.You can talk to the fisherman and see the local fish.

  •  Location: Porto Covo
  •  Distance: 20 km’s
  •  Lunch:Along the way, included in guided tours
  •  Dinner: Not included
  •  Accommodation: Hs Social

Day 5: The Beaches Route

Walking from Vila Nova de Milfontes to Almograve.

We start with a beautiful river crossing on a small boat, enjoying the wonderful view over the village as we get away from it. The day has a lot of variety, mixing inland stretches with very diversified geologic formations, agriculture crops and grazing animals.

There are 2 long beaches where you can walk instead of following the trail.

The cliffs keep surprising us!
In April and May, the flowers dot the landscape with many different colours and we keep stopping for pictures!

  • Accommodation: Hs Social
  •  Location: Vila Nova de Milfontes
  •  Distance: 15 + 2,5 km’s
  •  Difficulty:Medium
  •  Tranfer included: Riverboat
  •  Picnic Lunch: Along the way, included in guided tours
  •  Dinner: Included in guided tours

Day 6: The Sand Dunes

Walking from Almograve to Entrada da Barca/Zambujeira.

Almograve beach will set the beginning of the day’s walk just until the fishing port.

Then some sand dunes will wait for you, challenging your determination along beautiful scenery. The sand changes colours and sometimes you feel like walking along a desert. Storks and other wild life keeps you company and their sounds will briefly interrupt your thoughts every once in a while. In season watch their babies in the nests that are so close to you that a zoom lenses is sometimes unnecessary! This is the only place in the world where the storks build their nests on rocky islets sticking out of the ocean. From cape Sardão until the end of the day the ancient ever-changing coastline will be the treat of the day.

  •  Location: Zambujeira
  •  Distance: 8 8+8+4 km’s– You may walk the 3 parts or get a taxi
  •  Picnic Lunch: Along the way, included in guided tours
  •  Dinner: Not Included
  •  Accommodation: Hotel Rosa dos Ventos

Day 7: The Cliffs

Walking from Zambujeira to Odeceixe

If the cliffs were wonderful yesterday, get ready for a surprise! The rocks today will become truly black, contrasting with the blue ocean even more than the orange limestone does. Some colourful small fantastic beaches will tempt you for a swim… do not fight it!At the mouth of the Seixe river you will find the most breathtaking view waiting for you, almost like a farewell gift!

From here walk down to the beach, where you can choose between a swim in the river or in the ocean.

  • Accommodation:Pensão Casa Celeste, a simple house ran by a very nice lady, in the village centre, no swimming pool. Breakfast included. Wi-fi at café nearby.

Possible upgrade to Casas do Moinho, with swimming pool and wi-fi. Buffet breakfast included.

  •  Location: Odeceixe
  •  Distance: 8+6+4 km’s– You may walk the 3 parts or get a taxi in the end of any of the partsi
  •  Picnic Lunch: Along the way, included in guided tours
  •  Dinner: Included in guided tours

Day 8: Departure

*Guided Tour
** Self Guided Tour

GT* (per person) SGT** (per person)
Minimum 4 1290€ 570€
Minimum 2 1870€ 730€
Double room in low season
Transfer Évora – Coast
1 dinner at farm, no drinks
24h phone support
Souvenir
Maps, road book, notes
Personal accident
insurance
VAT tax
Guide to walk with the group
Luggage transfer
Guide assistant at the coast
1 Wine tasting
1 Cheese tasting
5 Picnic lunches (7 nights option)
2 Picnic lunches (3 nights option)
Support car at the coast
Transfer to and from airport
Travel insurance
Tour cancelation insurance
Other snacks along the days
Other meals

SUPPLEMENTS

  • 1st April to 30th June – 100€
  • 1st July to 30th September – 188€
  • 1st to 30th October – 100€
  • Single Accommodation 259€
  • Single Accommodation 1st April to 30th June 424€
  • Single Accommodation 1st July to 30th September – 599€
  • Single Accommodation 1st to 30th October – 424€

TRANSFERS – ONLY FOR SELF GUIDED

Minimum 2 people

  • Transfer from Lisbon to Farmhouse – 62€
  • Transfer from Odeceixe to Lisbon – 125€ 

Minimum 4 people

  • Transfer from Lisbon to Farmhouse – 53€
  • Transfer from Odeceixe to Lisbon – 89€ 

UPGRADES 

  • Sea view at HS Social – per night per person – 19€
  • Monte do Papa Léguas – To be Informed

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