Things to do in Alentejo, Portugal

Our most recommended things to do in Alentejo, Portugal

From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

1. From Lisbon: Évora and Monsaraz Day Tour with Wine Tasting

Set off on your full-day tour from Lisbon and discover one of the most scenic parts of Portugal's countryside. Make your way through Alentejo with its magnificent plains filled with olive trees, vineyards, and cork oaks. Make your first stop at Évora, a Unesco World Heritage site and one of the most beautifully preserved medieval towns. Take a guided tour inside the Roman Temple, one of the best preserved Roman structures on the Iberian Peninsula. Your guide will also show you around the must-see Chapel of Bones. Take time to admire the ornate architecture of the Cathedral of Évora. Your second stop will be the graceful medieval village of Monsaraz, one of the oldest in Portugal and built within the walls of a castle. Taste one of the best wines in Portugal with the views of one of the largest artificial lakes in Europe. At the end of a full day of sightseeing, return to Lisbon.  Treat yourself and your family or friends to a private experience with pickup and drop-off at your accommodation in Lisbon, Cascais, or Ericeira. Alternatively, you can opt for a small-group experience and meet your guide outside one of two central hotels.

Évora: Megaliths and Cork Forest Guided Tour

2. Évora: Megaliths and Cork Forest Guided Tour

Start your tour with a pleasant drive out of Evora through a cork oak forest, the Montado. Experience a piece of the area's cultural and natural heritage. Next, visit the famous Cromlech of Almendres, considered by the locals the most mysterious place in the region. Admire the ancient standing stones and ponder why they might have been put there. Talk to your guide about some of the most well-known theories about why this place exists. Visit 3 fascinating megalithic sites, get out of the city for a bit, and enjoy an amazing mix of nature and culture with a tour of the cork forest and megaliths outside of Evora.

Évora and Megaliths Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

3. Évora and Megaliths Full-Day Tour from Lisbon

Explore the history of Portugal on a tour of Évora and the Megaliths of the Cromeleque dos Almendres. Following pickup from your hotel in Lisbon, make your way to Évora, the historic capital of the Alentejo. Start the day with a tour of the Almendres Cromlech. Older than Stonehenge, this megalithic complex reveals some of the secrets of ancient civilizations and their knowledge of astronomy. Admire the circle of stones, mysteriously aligned with the sun and stars. Next, explore the UNESCO-classified city center of Évora. See remnants from Roman through Renaissance times. Visit the Temple of Diana and learn how cork is extracted from Cork Oak Trees. Visit the medieval Évora Cathedral and climb to the roof to admire the golden plains surrounding the city. Continue to the Renaissance Church of St. Francis to see the Chapel of Bones, covered in human skulls and bones, before returning to Lisbon.

Coasteering Algarve: Cliff Jump, Swim & Climb in Sagres

4. Coasteering Algarve: Cliff Jump, Swim & Climb in Sagres

Begin this tour that takes place in the stunning coasteering location in the southwest Algarve, in the Costa Vicentina Natural Park located between Sagres and Lagos. Start the 3 hours of excitement by getting ready with your wetsuit, buoyancy aid, helmet, and shoes, and getting a briefing on safety and prevailing conditions. Walk down to the water's edge and start off exploring the coastline, hidden beaches, amazing cliffs, and rock formations, admiring the clear ocean waters and learning about the marine environment and some local traditions. Soon you’ll be swimming in the ocean and inside sea caves, and climbing and walking along the rocky shoreline. You’ll have a chance to try some cliff jumping as well. Starting with small jumps to develop your confidence and technique, you’ll build up to jumps of up to 10 meters high. You can even jump inside the grottoes. After all the action, it will be time to walk back over the cliffs along the scenic coastal path while chatting about your experience.

From Lisbon: Évora Portuguese Heritage Small-Group Day Tour

5. 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.

Algarve: Horse Riding Beach Tour at Sunset or Morning

6. 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. We cannot accept people over 95kg. Our horses can’t support more weight. We cannot accept children under 12 years old. For that, we have created the picadero for kids experience.

Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

7. Algarve: Full-Day Guided Sightseeing Tour with Lunch

Visit some of the most fascinating and picturesque locations in the Algarve on this full-day guided tour. Explore off-the-beaten-track gems giving you an in-depth view of Portugal’s past and present. Travel to the town of Silves, in Moorish times the capital of the Algarve. Here, visit the Moorish castle and admire magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. Continue to the impressive cathedral and explore the narrow streets and alleys. Next, head up to the Monchique mountain and admire the scenic hillsides and eucalyptus groves. Arrive at the charming village of Caldas de Monchique, with springs famous for their healing properties. From here, follow the winding road to the highest point in the Algarve – Fóia – standing at 902m above sea level. Take in the dramatic views and capture spectacular photos. Next, make a stop in the small village of Marmelete and enjoy a traditional lunch in one of the local restaurants. After lunch, travel to Costa Vicentina and visit some beautiful beaches. Enjoy free time to relax on the shore or explore the area. Next stop: Cape St. Vincent. Immerse yourself in the wilderness and breathe the fresh Atlantic air of the most southwestern point of Europe. Marvel at the cliffside lighthouse that defies the elements and hear the fascinating history from your guide. Finally, visit Sagres, a quaint fishing village nearby, and explore its sheltered fishing port.

Lisbon: Full-Day Évora Wine Tour

8. Lisbon: Full-Day Évora Wine 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 we'll head to Saint Francis Church with the "Bones Chapel", or Capela dos Ossos, which is completely decorated with human bones. 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, visit one of the most important wine cellars in Portugal. Toast the day with a taste of fine wines.

From Lisbon: Evora and Monsaraz Tour with Transfer

9. From Lisbon: Evora and Monsaraz Tour with Transfer

Leave behind the big city vibes of Lisbon and travel into the Portuguese countryside for the day. Join this guided tour to visit two traditional towns and get a glimpse into the local culture and lifestyle. Travel back to medieval times as you stroll through Evora and Monsaraz. Begin the day by driving out of Lisbon and use this opportunity to stop at the iconic Sanctuary of Christ the King. Arrive at Evora to become surrounded by medieval streets, palaces, and beautiful typical homes. Stroll around the historic center and other nearby sites. Afterward, travel toward the border between Portugal and Spain to discover Monsaraz Castle. Explore this incredible ancient building and tour the charming town streets, taking in stunning views of the Alentejo plains before returning to Lisbon.

Monsaraz: Departing from Évora

10. Monsaraz: Departing from Évora

Departing from Évora, it will take you about 4 hours to visit the amazing village of Monsaraz. Wander the streets and enjoy the breathtaking views of this hilltop village. Enter a time capsule that will take you back centuries. En route, the tour will stop at San Pedro do Corval, a pottery village. Stop by a family-owned pottery and have a great opportunity to interact with the locals and learn about ceramics. Afterwards, don't go home without tasting unique wines from a local winery.

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What people are saying about Alentejo, Portugal

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 406 reviews

We were staying in Lagos and met up with our guide Nelson in Raposeira. From the meeting point we drove 5 minutes up to the cost. We got suited up with our gear and started our fun. Jumping, climbing, jumping, climbing and this continued until we made it to 10 meters. Nelson, was a fantastic guide, he cared about our comfort and our safety. What a fantastic day!!!

We had an amazing day trip, Carlos our guide was so knowledgable and so entertaining throughout the day! Fabulous lunch and fire water tasting! Would highly recommend this trip. Wonderful views at Cape St Vincente , lovely to see the countryside Silves and Monchique were highlights too. Thank you Carlos and Portitours! From Jane and Nick

We were a small group of 3 people. Had a wonderful experience with our guide, Philippe. He was knowledgable, charming and eager to please. The hour and 20 minutes of free time was spent on lunch and I missed not having the time to explore on my own (we could have had a quicker meal had it not been for the thunderstorm :) )

The trip to Evora with Felipe was excellent and even the very heavy rain we experienced did not spoil it. He was an exceptionally courteous and knowledgeable guide with a delightful sense of humour who made all aspects of the trip interesting and memorable. His lunch recommendations were very helpful.

This was an excellent tour!! We learned so much re the Cork Trees, Standing Stones. The City of Evora. Can not recommend it highly enough. Beautiful drive from Lisbon. One of the highlights of our trip. The Company manager even hand delivered some things we left in the van!! Great company!!