Guided tour

Vila Viçosa: Guided Marble Art and Archaeology Tour

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Activity provider: Rota do Mármore AE

Vila Viçosa: Guided Marble Art and Archaeology Tour

Activity provider: Rota do Mármore AE

From US$ 19.22 per person

Embark on this journey to the world of Alentejo marble and marvel at the mix of nature, architecture, and marble. Be dazzled by fabulous marble buildings, art, and marble extraction.

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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • Travel to the centre of the Portuguese marble world
  • Learn about the history of marble extraction, it's quarries, sawmills, and artisan workshops
  • Enjoy the outstanding landscape of Alentejo
Full description
Start the tour in the center of Vila Viçosa, the Portuguese Marble Capital. It's one of the most stunning villages in the country and marble can be found everywhere. Join a local guide who will introduce you to the entire marble industry: from the ground selection strategies to a variety of the final art pieces. Learn why there is such an unforgettable and unique landscape totally shaped by the opening of the marble quarries through the centuries. Then, visit a quarry and see the marble extraction taking place and notice how dangerous it is. Because the marble isn't ready to be applied right after the extraction, you can also expect a visit to one of many factories where the marble will get the final shape before being sent to the market. You will also visit an artisan workshop to watch the handmade shaping of the marble. The different colors of Portugueses marble have been appreciated since the Romans were the rulers of the Iberian Peninsula, and since then the Alentejo marble was used and exported to the whole world mainly from the quarries of this small but cozy town.
  • Professional local guide
  • Transportation
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuity
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops
Customer reviews

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4.8 /5

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It has been an interesting visit, at first they told us a little about the marble deposits that Portugal has and then we went to visit the quarries where it is extracted. It's been an interesting morning. That if, if it is the middle of August, it is advisable not to take central hours of the day since the sun falls very strong.

August 22, 2022

Pleasant welcome, very nice and very professional guides. very interesting visit

July 20, 2022

A little difficult to find the meeting place, but once we were there we were met by a very nice local guide. She told us about the marble varieties and showed us around the marble workshop and in the open pits. Very interesting!

January 28, 2022

Product ID: 391511