The Ribatejo Experience
Discover Abrantes & Nazaré
The Ribatejo Experience is a Guided Walking Tour based in Abrantes and Nazaré, two of Portugal’s most ancient & fascinating regions.
The fertile area of Ribatejo has been for centuries the heart of the wine estates. Our first centre is the beautiful city of Abrantes. Its castle, rising above the river Tejo, gazes southwards across the plains of the south bank.
From here we move to the Silver Coast, with its singing windmills & traditional fishing villages.
MORE INFO Ref. 12800G _ Grade: Moderate 4/8
The Ribatejo Experience is a Guided Walking Tour based in Abrantes and Nazaré, two of Portugal’s most ancient & fascinating regions. The fertile area of Ribatejo has been for centuries 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, rising above the river Tejo, gazes southwards across the plains of the south bank of the Tejo. To the north the verdant rolling hills rise up to protect it.
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 fishing villages in Portugal!
In mid-summer tourists flock to its spectacular beaches but out of season it returns to the authentic fishing village it once was.
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.
The town of Abrantes and the green and luxurious riverbanks the longest Portuguese river – the Tejo River.
The garden village of Sardoal
Monastery of Santa Maria in Alcobaça - UNESCO World Heritage Site
Silver Coast villages, like S. Martinho do Porto and Nazaré
|Comfortable en-suite accommodation.|
|Sociable evenings spent in local restaurants.|
|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 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.
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