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Algarve: Horse Riding Beach Tour at Sunset or Morning

1. Algarve: Horse Riding Beach Tour at Sunset or Morning

After meeting your guide at the meeting point, begin your unique horseback adventure by entering a hidden pathway leading to lush pine forests, a place of great beauty, and a typical landscape of the region. Continue along some winding paths that take you through the countryside, providing ample opportunity for contemplating the gorgeous surrounding flora of the natural park and its distinctive wild fruits. As you ride, you’ll overlook the sea along the coast until you finally move out onto the beach itself, where you’ll feel the strength and vitality of your horse as you gallop beside the sea. Witness a stunning sunset in this pristine location, leaving an impression that’s sure to last a lifetime. As the dusk continues to fall, you’ll make your way back to your original meeting point. On the morning schedule, you will also enjoy all of this but after sunrise.

From Lisbon: Évora Portuguese Heritage Small-Group Day Tour

2. From Lisbon: Évora Portuguese Heritage Small-Group Day Tour

Delve deep into Portuguese heritage on our exclusive rural van tour, stopping off at some of the most important cultural sites on the way. We will pick you up from your hotel at the designated time. On this tour, immerse yourself in the real Portugal, with its magnificent patchwork plains of vineyards and grain fields. See the olive trees from which the famous Portuguese olive oil is pressed and the endangered cork trees from which the famous Portuguese Cork is harvested. Visit the oldest stone circle in Southern Europe in the city of Évora, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and see the Roman temple and enter the famous Chapel of Bones. This is the biggest Gothic Cathedral in Portugal and is one of the most impressive works of architecture of its kind.

Portugal: Historic Villages Tour

3. Portugal: Historic Villages Tour

Start your day with a convenient pickup service from your accommodation in Porto or Vila Nova de Gaia city center. After a short meet and greet with your driver, you will hop into your private vehicle and set off on your adventure.  The first stop of the day is the beautiful village of Celorico da Beira. Celorico da Beira is a small village located near Serra da Estrela that is famous for its cheese. You will get the opportunity to visit a traditional kitchen and hear about the cheese production and even taste some for yourself. Before departing to Linhares da Beira, you can enjoy a tasty, traditional lunch.  Next stop is Linhares da Beira, a medieval city of Roman origin that dates back to the 12th century. Linhares is renowned for the beauty of its narrow streets and its historic traits. Explore the historical center of the village and immerse yourself in its tranquility. Observe the medieval castle, the Roman roads, and the stone houses. Finish your day with a trip back to your accommodation. 

Sepharad: Castelo de Vide, Marvão, Portagem, and Valência

4. Sepharad: Castelo de Vide, Marvão, Portagem, and Valência

Alentejo, the Portuguese golden region, where the immense plain meets white villages and ancestral houses, guards the legacy of the region's historic Jewish community. You will walk through villages of unique beauty, where for a long time the harmony of the promised Sepharad reigned. You will travel through history and walk on the same paths in which thousands of people, who had their lives destroyed by intolerance and violence, once walked for survival. Learn about crypto-Judaism, a well-kept Portuguese secret guarded for five centuries. Your first stop will be in Spain at Valência d’Alcântara, an important medieval village with a big Jewish community. Then, you depart towards Portugal to visit Portagem. Head to Marvão, a charming white medieval village surrounded by stunning landscapes and hear stories about the Portuguese Jews. The last stop will be at Castelo de Vide.

Coffee and Wine: The Best of Both Worlds

5. Coffee and Wine: The Best of Both Worlds

Come on this tour and experience two of the best drinks in the world. Learn how they are made in Portugal, and the histories that have shaped them. From coffee to wine, you are bound to have a day full of life, and full of body. Learn the history and science of coffee, one of the world most popular drinks. Visit the Coffee Science Center. See why this unique center is founded in Alentejo. The visit to the Center is a journey through time and space: to know the first myths that relate coffee to the ancient tribes, to travel overseas aboard Portuguese ships or to accompany the smugglers who transported it from Portugal to Spain. Then visit the Adega Mayor, one of the most modern cellars in Europe. Learn from those born with a passion for their craft, and willing to pursue their dreams. Learn how the first of Author's Cellars in Portugal was a surprise with the minimalist building, holding most of their wine production. Come and taste for yourself how their success ensued. 

Évora & Alentejo Wine Tour Full-Day Private Tour

6. Évora & Alentejo Wine Tour Full-Day Private Tour

Explore the cultural tapestry of Évora, capital of the province of Alentejo, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Passing through a rustic landscape of olive and cork trees, journey 81 miles (130 km) south of Lisbon to reach the outer vineyards of this well-preserved treasure. Walk through the whitewashed Old Town to visit Évora's most famous landmark, the Roman Temple. Its large Corinthian columns date back to the first century, the era of Emperor Augustus. Another breathtaking stop will be the Cathedral of Évora, one of the most important Gothic monuments in Portugal. Then head to Saint Francis Church with the "Bones Chapel", or Capela dos Ossos, which is completely decorated with human bones. Don't miss the University of Évora, a former Jesuit college built by Cardinal-King Henrique in 1559. Afterwards, stroll through Évora market to admire the colorful and tasty ingredients used to create some of the Portugal's most marvelous dishes. In the afternoon, head to the Herdade do Esporão (near Reguengos de Monsaraz) to visit an important wine cellars in Portugal.

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What people are saying about Alentejo

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 14 reviews

Exceptional experience!! Breathtaking views along an unspoilt coast with the "best sunset in Europe". Nuno, our guide loves his horses. They are well taken care of and very safe. This experience was one of those rare magical moments that we will treasure forever. Tucked away in a picturesque nature preserve area of the Algarve, this experience is a hidden treasure!

Awesome experience! The walk is spectacular, both along the beach and through the mountains, where I also had the opportunity to jog and gallop. And also, at all times we felt very safe thanks to Nuno, our guide, who took some beautiful photos during the tour to remember the moment.

It was just perfect. 2 hours over hill and dale and the beach at sunset. If you want to gallop, you can gallop, if you don't want to, you don't have to :) A lot of attention is paid to you. All in all very very good.

Great!!! Super great ride! Beautiful horses; wonderful leader of the horseback ride, very professional. area fantastic; an absolute pleasure. One of the best activities we have ever booked.

We had a fantastic evening. The horses are very well behaved and follow every word. You can tell he loves and cares for his horses. We can only recommend it 100%