Portugal cultural holiday

“Stay in a cosy two person chalet or stone cottage as you discover the cultural charm of Central Portugal through its food, landscapes and people. Local knowledge, daily activities and social evenings.”


Serra | Lake Zezere | Castelo do Bode Dam | Tomar market | Sao Antonio caves | Thermal Pools at Agroal | Swimming pool | Outdoor activities include: canoeing, swimming, vineyards and guided walks |

Description of Portugal cultural holiday

This relaxing six day break takes you into the lesser-visited region of central Portugal where you’ll be invited to dip into the traditional way of life far from the crowds congregating on the coast.

Walking, canoeing, lake swimming and visiting vineyards are all wonderful ways to really get to know the culture and the nature of the local area with the added benefit of your hosts, Linda, Gilberto and Carlos, enlightening you further over the course of your holiday.

Your hosts’ local knowledge really is very extensive and you’ll also be able to take advantage of several local contacts who can introduce you to an array of cultural and active excursions to suit your mood and your pace.

All delicious home cooked meals are prepared for guests by our Portuguese staff and can be enjoyed within the lodge’s communal dining area. Guests will be accommodated in cosy well furnished wooden chalets or stone farmhouses each of which has a private bedroom, lounge, bathroom and kitchen facilities. Transfers, guides and internet access are also featured within the price.

Central Portugal is blessed with a wide range of cultural heritage sites and natural landmarks with everywhere from Serra and Lake Zezere to Castelo do Bode Dam and the thermal pools at Agroal offering ample excuses to get out and explore.

If possible, we ask guests to arrive on a Sunday to ensure they have five full days of activities. Arrival and departure dates have been chosen to coincide with well priced air fares to Lisbon or Porto. Free transport will be provided to and from Entroncamento which has fast train connections to both cities.

Every day will have its own particular activity be it cultural, sporting or social with ample time to interact and get to know other guests in a relaxed setting. Travel will be in chauffeur driven vehicles to a particular activity or point of interest. The evenings will mostly be about socialising in the group. We use English speaking guides for all activities.

Activities are designed for individuals of mixed ages and average fitness but we need to be made aware prior of any physical limitations of group members. Clients with a particular interest in an event, location or point of interest should advise us in advance to enquire about adding this to their itinerary. Guests with particular dietary requirements will also need to advise us in advance of their arrival. Obrigado!

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Portugal cultural holiday


We have installed solar energy panels to provide hot water and electricity for our site. We run a mini-recycling point for plastic, glass, waste paper/card, bottle tops and tin cans and use our waste water for watering the trees and plants.

Our olives are grown organically on site and harvested in the traditional method after which they are pressed at the local co-operative. We decant the oil into recycled bottles from our Bar and this is then offered for sale in our Reception. We make jams and marmalades from the fruits growing on site for use with our breakfasts and for sale to visitors.

Visitors are also at liberty to sample the produce of our gardens. Our honey is collected from local hives and repackaged in recycled glass jars. We compost our animal, garden and suitable food waste and sell to local residents as garden compost. We encourage our visitors to use public transport, share cars or taxis and use bicycles when possible. We operate a 'no smoking' policy in our accommodation and bar. Many varieties of birds and other wildlife thrive in the sub-tropical atmosphere of the gardens we have created.


We employ local staff and in addition support a tourism trainee scheme run by the Portuguese government by employing a trainee. Our professional services are supplied by Portuguese.

We are members of the local village association and support local charities and fairs by donating products or vouchers for use at our premises. We take part in our local village events and encourage clients to join us at these.

Our suppliers are all local businesses and we buy Portuguese products wherever possible. The wines we use are all from local vineyards and we have two displays of locally produced wines for visitors to buy. To offer a marketing outlet for local villagers we sell their "country products" ie, wine, honey, jams, eggs in our reception area.

We have organised discounts for our clients at local Restaurants both to support the restaurants and to offer our clients good service We have an annual Christmas lunch to thank all our workers and supporters.

1 Reviews of Portugal cultural holiday

4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 12 Jul 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?

I chose this holiday as I wanted to stay in the countryside in a quiet area of Portugal and to have a mixture of activities- walks, swimming and canoeing combined with the historical and cultural interest of Tomar and the surrounding area. I booked as a solo traveller rather than in a group with others. The holiday provided everything I wanted- I had an interesting and varied
programme which also included meals in local restaurants (included in the price) where I could try local food and wine. Linda, Gilberto and Carlos were so friendly and helpful- I ate with them at the site and at the restaurants and felt like a friend of the family.

Highlights were many : swimming and canoeing in the lake which is vast and beautiful, visiting an old lakeside village ( Dornes), the three waterfalls walk through the countryside and the wild flowers, a personal guided tour of the Convento in Tomar and to other sites of historical interest in the area (Almourol castle) by a very knowledgeable English guide and friend. I shared the
Convento tour with a another couple, but my second historical tour was just myself- although others staying could have joined to form a small group. I was able to walk a short distance of the Portuguese Caminho which was an unexpected highlight for me. I particularly enjoyed a visit to a small specialist wine cafe (Amor Lusitano) where you could choose a fine wine and a small
Portuguese dish to accompany it.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?

This was a very interesting and original way to get to know this area of central Portugal. It was very easy for me to get there- I had chosen to fly to Porto. I could have taken the train for which Linda provided very clear instructions and times with the connection from the airport. The train is approximately 2 hours from the centre of Porto. As my flight arrived late afternoon I chose to pay
for a transfer and was met by Linda and Carlos at the airport.This had the advantage that I could learn quite a lot about the area on the journey! On my return to Porto I had a short transfer to Entroncamento (20 minutes) then got the train.I felt the holiday was tailored to my interests- Linda had asked about these before I arrived and what was provided suited me perfectly, and the time of year (early June) when the temperature was starting to rise steeply. I was on my own for some activities (as I booked as a solo traveller) but was always accompanied by Linda so didn't feel alone. Where possible I was with one or two

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

One of the partners in the business is local (Carlos) and shares in the running and management. Local staff are employed to service and maintain the site. We used local restaurants when eating out and a local ( English-speaking) tour guide. We ate fruit grown from the garden and olives are grown which are harvested and pressed locally sharing the work with a local co-operative. The oil
is then used in cooking the meals provided or sold to guests. We ate local honey and jams made from the fruit grown. There is a small recycling plant and solar panels for energy and hot water.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

Altogether this was a very interesting, relaxing and original holiday with a very personal interest taken in what I would enjoy- so thank you for your friendship and effort. I felt confident as a solo traveller and enjoyed meeting other guests staying independently. I felt I was really starting to get to know a (largely) undiscovered area of Portugal. It was very good to meet Portuguese people -
particularly Carlos who ate with us and was so friendly.

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