The British Heritage in Alentejo
Our tour will travel through stunning areas of the
Alentejo region, stopping to take in some of the sites,
as well as experiencing the wine and food that makes
this place even more special.>br> A tour designed
to experience almost a time travel, and to enjoy
stunning sights. Focus on areas where geology meets
industrial archaeology and some of the best birding
A treat to the senses, on a unique luxury hotel, based on the Victorian buildings of a former British mining company.
BOOK TOUR Ref. 12000G _ Grade: Moderate 4/8
Combining a great walking country, where geology meets industrial archaeology, and the best birding spots, this tour has been specifically designed to give you the chance of enjoying the very best of the Alentejo region of Portugal - from the bird wildlife to the geology and history, plus a great hotel.
Add to this a range of varied and beautiful landscapes, a rich history, friendly people and some fine food and wine, and you have the makings of a great week!
The best way to see the region is by following the excellent walks provided.
Walk in ancient landscapes, with only the sound of birds and the occasional goat or sheep bell is a rare treat in this day and age, continue walking and listening to the lush orchestration of the birdsong: the melodic call of a blackcap warbler, the scratchy song of canary-like serine and the loud cawing of a flock of Iberian azure-winged magpies (here, an endemic species).
Each walk is full of colour, plants, wildlife and history and all are different with some unique sights. Each day’s walk highlights the contrasting landscape and wildlife of the region.
This tour was put together for the liking of those who have a special interest in walking/gastronomy/nature and wine.
The hotel is based on the Victorian buildings of the former British mining interests that used to dominate the area. There are two enormous lakes, the surrounding area, and the ever present Guadiana River. The "Palácio" (former "manor house") is an unusual example of the symbiosis of traditional Alentejo building style and English late-Victorian decorative style and techniques.
|Cherry-picked walks offering beautiful, varied scenery, far from crowded touristic places.|
|Comfortable 4-star accommodation.|
|Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.|
|The opportunity to walk beyond the intended itinerary and even possibly the grade of this holiday. On some days you may be offered flexible walking options, this will be dependent on local conditions.|
|A fantastic itinerary of walks, developed and perfected by local resident Portuguese tour leaders, very knowledgeable of the region.|
|The hospitality and warmth from the local poulation, whilst enjoying dining out at local restaurants every evening.|
The tour includes
En-suite accommodation in comfortable four-star hotels, beautifully located.
Breakfasts taken at the hotel and dinners in local restaurants.
All transport costs in conjunction with the programme.
Services of a dedicated leader.
The walking and sightseeing programs are integral with each other. However because we have dedicated transport with the group there will be considerable flexibility within the program for individual clients.
A wait at the Airport may be necessary to enable all passengers to travel together to and from the hotel.
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