Guadiana River Great Tour
The Guadiana River is the great river road in the south of Portugal. It was here that various civilizations came up from the Mediterranean Sea over centuries and it was through this river that mining wealth was drained to various parts of the world. A river that today houses the Great Lake Alqueva, the largest artificial lake in Europe. It is now possible to climb the Guadiana River in its territory of the Alentejo and get to know the many landscapes that can be seen along its course.


Duration, Calendar and Group
9 days program
- October to May (*)
Groups from 6 to 16 participants

Indicative Prices
99,99 Euros a day per person (dinner free - not included)
119,99 Euros a day per person (with dinners)


Bookings and Reservations
Prepare this program as early as possible. The final reservation must be made up to three months before the date of the program, because it takes time to prepare the hotel reservation, the final study of the routes, the choice of guides and the public and private legal authorizations.
As information by email
info@walkinalentejo.com

Daily Program
The days of the program always include a pedestrian route, of varying dimensions, but never of extreme difficulty, which starts in the morning and runs, unhurriedly, until the end of the morning or in the afternoon.

The list of walking routes over the days, for each program, can be changed by different conditions, always maintaining the totality of the offer presented. Unexpected situations of a meteorological nature, restrictions of access, inoperability of the trail, hunting days, blocking by owners or others may imply occasional changes to the global program.
On the longest routes there will be a fly-by lunch, distributed to the walkers after breakfast, and on the shorter walks, we try to go to lunch at a restaurant typical of the local communities. Don't expect luxuries or tourist sites.

After the hikes, there will be time to get to know a little of the local communities, with a visit to the Municipal Museum, Church, Archaeological Monument or Historic Center.

In all programs there will always be one or two visits to a Community Institution - Center for the Elderly, Charity, Disabled, Children with Special Needs, Environment, Nature Conservation, Wild Birds or others. Visiting hikers will, whenever appropriate, be asked for a small financial contribution to help this institution. However, the main reason for these visits is to show what is done in the territory at this level and to contribute to its dissemination.

After these visits there will be time to try a typical sample of Portuguese cuisine. It can be more traditional in a tavern or cellar, with cheeses, sausages and wines or more contemporary in a pastry with sweets and delicious coffee.

The program dinner may or may not be included. In case of being included, family-based restaurants will always be chosen, with typical food and always with alternatives for differentiated options - medical diet, vegetarians, religious options, others. For programs without dinner included, you can be free in case of a place with several alternatives or a restaurant will be chosen in the modality of "each person chooses his menu and makes his payment".






See a big size map at bottom of the page



Include

- Accommodation at Hotel with all facilities - Double room
- Breakfast an Hotel, all days
- Lunch box ou restaurant lunch
- Dinner all days OR free dinner (not included)
- Transfers from/to airport/train station (fly/train not included)
- Transfers from/to trails places
- Permanent guide and logistics
- Insurance and national licences by law
- VAT and Taxes


Suplements to consider
- Wine Cheese / Coffee Cake - Pay at local places.
- Single Room -
30,00 to 40,00 Euros a day.
- Charity Donation or Community Visits at local institutions.
- Summer, Christmas, New Year, Easter
- Ask disponibilities and extra custs.
- Groups with less than 6 or more than 16 participants - Ask specific program and custs.


Important

This information must be oficialized by a concret proposal and budget. Put your questions and ask to info@walkinalentejo.com


The Day 0 is considered the arrival day, when the schedules of the planes or trains are variable. Considering the long distances to travel by car to the program's initial accommodation, this day is usually reserved for accommodation and, if there is time, a short walk around the hotel followed by the presentation dinner.

Hotels
 
 




Walking Tour "Chegar a Mértola" - "Arrive in Mértola"
12Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
The Guadiana River marks the landscape and Mértola lies down the slope over the river that gave it life. Here came all the civilizations that occupied this territory from the Mediterranean. But of all, it was the Islamic Culture that here made its testimony more pronounced, making this place a valuable heritage. It is the perfect combination of cultural influences associated with a fantastic landscape marked by the river, its old watermills, the fauna that lives along its bed and the image of the crib village.
 




Walking Tour "O Fantástico Trilho do Minério" - "The Fantastic Mining Trail"

15Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
There are places that hold absolutely fantastic magic. Very close to the great river of the south, but in inhospitable and almost deserted lands, the geological nature brought to the surface riches known for thousands of years. It was English entrepreneurship and Portuguese effort that, since the middle of the 19th century and for more than a hundred years, explored the soil and uprooted the ore that gave wealth to some and killed thousands. Let's remember the odyssey, understand how it got to the interior of the land and discover landscapes of contrasts and rare beauty. Very rare indeed.



 




Walking Tour "Descobrir o Pulo do Lobo" - "Discover the Leap of the Wolf"
7Km - Medium plus difficulty - Accessible to good walkers
The fantastic views fit into a dream scenario. Here, nature inspires any hiker, due to its well-cut shapes, the strong current of the river, the boom of the waterfall. It is said that this is a place of mysteries, in which the wolves jumped between banks of so tight that they are in full summer season. Walking these paths is to have access to unique landscapes of green, with the stony banks serving as a trail, is to feel the living strength of the rocks, is to live an endless of emotions that makes us want to go further. The Guadiana River marks the course as the great river of the south, where, over millennia, various civilizations have passed and left their stories. All of this within reach of a jump. From a wolf leap.

Hotels

 






Walking Tour "Moinhos e Fortins do Guadiana" - "Watermills and Fortresses of the Guadiana"
15Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
Quintos is a small town situated on the Eastern border of the municipality of Beja, where the river Guadiana ensures borders with the neighbouring municipality of Serpa. A long time ago, the fields of cereals covered this territory almost entirely and the Guadiana watermills ground the grain produced there, now being ancestral testimonials stopped in time. Rural reality shows signs of profound change to the irrigation system with the arrival of water from Lake Alqueva.


 




Walking Tour "Rota da Água de Moura" - "Water Route of Moura"
8,5Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
In Moura we find the soul of several centuries of history and stories. Starting with the legend of Moura Salúquia, who threw herself from the tower when she becomes aware of the cloaked attack of the Christians after ambushing her loved one. The territory, which today borders the Guadiana river right after the Alqueva Dam, was strategic in all struggles for Christianization, as well as those of restoration and liberal wars. The landscape is marked by the famous olive groves, which produce the olives that give rise to the finest olive oils.



 




Walking Tour "Amieira a Alqueva com o Lago a Seus Pés" - "From Amieira to Alqueva with the Lake at your Feet"
17Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
The village of Amieira and the village of Alqueva are two of the most emblematic riverside villages of Lake Alqueva, standing a few meters of its banks. Around them, the fields stretch to the horizon, being cut as the lake’s banks changing according with the rise or fall of the water level. These are the open fields where, when walking, one can feel the true sense of freedom.



 




Walking Tour "Pelo Património Vivo de Mourão" - "Accross the Living Heritage of Mourão"
8,3Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
The town of Mourão is a real treasure on the edge of Lake Alqueva. Strongly marked by the Guadiana River, today it has an idyllic setting with waters as far as the eye can see and old paths and roads immersing themselves in the placid blue of the calm waters. The hills and old walls now make amazing cut-outs for walking and discovering new landscapes at every moment, topped off by a beautifully preserved historic centre and a castle that takes us back in time.
 




MORNING
Walking Tour "Campos do Rosário" - "Rosario Fields"

9Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
The fields fall dormant to the banks of the Alqueva and follow the Alentejo hills, where it is still possible to see remains of an ancestral rural activity. A territory populated for a long time, as evidenced by the medieval graves excavated in the rock, it is now bathed by the high waters of the Lucefécit stream that further downstream enter the great lake. The landscapes are as far as the eye can see, with fields sown and dotted with cork and holm oaks.


 




AFTERNOON
Walking Tour "Sentinela do Rio Guadiana" - "Guadiana River Sentinel"

4Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
There is a place, far away, where you can see the lands of Spain, where the great river in the south borders, where fires and passions crossed, where kisses and smuggling were exchanged. At the top of the hill, Juromenha is today a quiet land of hustle and bustle, as if asleep in history. Its majestic castle is today a stronghold of almost romantic ruins, where old walls and lost traces of religious frescoes live.

Hotels

 


City Tour at Évora Monumental City
2 hours - Cultural tour
The City of Évora, a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO, is one of the great cities of the Alentejo and has been the birthplace of many civilizations throughout the ages. The historic center, always full of life, is full of monuments and testimonies of a life full of stories to tell.

ALTERNATIVE: Transfer and free time in Lisbon
- Free lunch
- Transfer to Lisbon Airport
- End of program




 







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