In northern Alto Alentejo, trace the old smugglers’ roads of Serra de São Mamede Natural Park through cork-oak woodlands, exploring tiny hamlets and imposing castles. The Rota Vicentina hugs red sandstone seacliffs where storks nest, passing pristine beaches. Gently rolling hills slope to fertile farms dotted with cork trees, olive trees, and green vineyards. Pause in tiny fishing villages and soak your feet in the waters of the Atlantic. Break up your walks with full-day explorations of medieval Évora and magnificent Lisbon, a local guide leading you past remarkably preserved architecture that whispers of a rich history. Cap off your adventure with a live performance of fado, Portugal’s soulful cultural treasure.
Albergaria do Calvario (ADC)
Renowned for its warm welcome and personalized service, four-star Albergaria do Calvário occupies a beautifully restored 16th-century former olive oil mill tucked inside the ancient city walls of Évora. Contemporary guest rooms are outfitted with air conditioning, comfortable beds, white linens and colorful hand-crafted woven headboards, marble bathrooms, and a full complement of high-quality amenities. Unpretentiously elegant, this intimate inn also features an inner courtyard along with gorgeous lounge areas decked out with a tasteful mix of antique and modern furniture. Breakfasts highlight locally sourced organic produce, homemade cakes, and egg dishes and there is an on-site bar offering signature cocktails and a hand-selected menu of homemade tapas. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Heritage Avenida Liberdade Hotel
This hotel is on the city’s main avenue, described as “Portugal’s Champs-Élysées,” yet it’s a quiet boutique hotel with tasteful décor and amenities including a coffee and tea bar and continental breakfast in the lobby. Well-appointed rooms include WiFi and air conditioning. From this base in the heart of town, you can plan out your days’ activities in comfort with transportation close at hand. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
Pousada de Marvao
Tucked away amidst the sloping cobbled lanes of Marvão, the bright and elegant Pousada de Marvão recalls the village’s deep past. This fully modern hotel occupies two medieval buildings whose character has been lovingly preserved. The property achieves a welcoming blend of sophistication and mountain-lodge ambiance throughout, from the restaurant and bar to the hushed, intimate lounges. Your superior room offers sweeping views over the plains of Alentejo. Simply decorated, it features ample amenities including air conditioning and WiFi, whitewashed walls, tiled floors, period wood furnishings with hand-painted detail, and floral fabrics.
Herdade do Touril
The five whitewashed farm buildings of the Herdade do Touril are set on a tranquil 900 acres within view of the Atlantic Ocean. This cattle-breeding working estate has been run by the same family since 1826. Its thoughtful design keeps you connected to the Alentejo’s rural beauty, with outdoor terraces, open spaces that afford breathtaking views. Brightly colored guest rooms are air conditioned, and guest can enjoy a pool ideal for a post-walk swim. Enjoy three-course meals prepared with fresh ingredients during your stay. Please note: this accommodation is available on limited departures.
|15 meals: 7 breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 4 dinners|
|Detailed water- and tear-resistant Route Notes, maps, and use of a handheld GPS unit|
|Orientation meeting with a Country Walkers representative|
|Local representative available 24/7|
|Scheduled taxi and luggage transfers (Please note: If unable to walk, it is possible to transfer with your luggage from one accommodation to the next; there may be an additional charge.)|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary: One wine tasting; guided walking tour of Évora (including entrance to the Roman baths, Sé Cathedral, Church of St. Francis, and Chapel of Bones); guided visit of the Arraiolos Tapestry Interpretive Center and Almendres Cromlech; guided walking tour of Lisbon.|
|Emergency travel assistance hotline available 24/7|
|Access to Self-Guided Flight Concierge—Ask our knowledgeable team to find flights that sync perfectly with your planned trip.|
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