Alentejo walking holiday in Portugal
Description of Alentejo walking holiday in Portugal
Walk our exclusive route from the Spanish border to the dramatic coast of Portugal's little-visited Alentejo region. By thoughtfully linking together medieval pathways, coastal trails and family-run guesthouses, this trip gets right to the heart of the varied beauty and cultural heritage of Southern Portugal. Small parts of the trip are done by road, skipping out the less interesting parts and allowing you to traverse the country from east to west.
Hilltop villages and ancient castles provide insights into life in rural Portugal, both now and many centuries ago during times of conflict with its Spanish neighbours. The Mediterranean cork and holm oak forests of the distinctive Montado landscape give way the golden beaches and dramatic coves of the Costa Vincentina as you reach the Atlantic sea.
Throughout the walk you are fully supported, starting with a welcome briefing and our detailed walking notes and maps. You have a GPS device and the peace of mind of our 24 hour local telephone support should you need it.
In …vora you have a local guide to lead you through the many layers of history of the town and the region. Road transfers are guided too, so at every stage you have a real connection to the local way of life and a deeper understanding of the link between the landscape and the people.
PlanetOne hotel used in the itinerary is run by one of Portugal's most renowned environmental and wildlife conservationists. The two-story farm is located in expansive grounds which provide a habitat for over 150 different bird species and 23 different kinds of amphibians.
The pousada in which you stay in Marvao is a joining together of two medieval buildings, features of which date back as far as the 13th century. Similarly, the hotel in which you stay in Castelo de Vide is a grand house from the 18th century, now protected as a Monument of Public Interest.
Each walk is regularly checked by our team to ensure both accuracy and the preservation of the environment. Detailed walking notes are provided to ensure that walkers do not encroach upon the protected land, following established trails. Thoughtfully engaging with the landscape is ultimately the best way to value and protect it for future generations.
One of our key partners is a wine and food producing farm in the heart of the rural Alentejo landscape. The farm uses modern agricultural techniques to protect and preserve the land, returning it to its original purpose, which dates back to Roman times. The estate supports olive groves, cork oak forests and lakes which welcome a range of migratory birds.
PeopleThroughout the trip we work directly with guides, drivers, small family-run guesthouses and restaurants to ensure that your visit directly benefits the local community, both economically and in the preservation of distinct local culture and ways of life. The hotel in Castelo de Vide for example is a family business, now in its fourth generation of owners and very much integrated into the community.
This Inn to Inn trip is primarily self-guided, following walking notes and maps. However you are taken by road in some of the places, facilitating your trip from the mountains near the Spanish border to the Atlantic sea. These are guided transfers, ensuring that you have a closer connection to the country at every stage of the journey. It is important to us that you leave with a sense of how people live in the Alentejo region and the history of the area.
The first hotel of the itinerary is built around a restored abandoned train station, with many of the original features having been carefully restored. This has given a new lease of life to a beautiful part of the region's cultural heritage. An important facet of the work undertaken by the Herdade do Freixo this is the promotion of local vini and agri-culture.
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