The Mountains of
São Mamede

Serra de São Mamede is a mountainous set of quartzite ridges that erupt in an immense ancient granite punch. Its highest point at 1015 meters is the highest in the whole Alentejo region and on days of good visibility, landscapes can be seen hundreds of kilometers away. The most humanized Natural Park in the whole country is located throughout its area, where the vibrant natural wealth lives in harmony with agricultural, forestry and human traditions since the remote Paleolithic. It is in this privileged territory that walking has fantastic challenges of landscapes and historical heritage.


Duration, Calendar and Group
7 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 "Forte e Valorosa Vila de Arronches" - "Fortress and Valiant Town of Arronches"
10Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
Arronches boasts a prime geographical location next to the Arronches Stream, which normally flows all year round. The São Mamede uplands are nearby, with their nature park and a vast and extremely beautiful natural and rural territory. Added to all this is a geological treasure in terms of ornamental rocks and an extensive history of human settlement dating
back to the very earliest times of humankind.

 




Walking Tour "
Catedral Verde" - "Green Cathedral"
15Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
What a wonderful land this contains one of the most valuable treasures of the ancestral representations of our Neolithic ancestors. What a wonderful tribute to the light that bathes these places where people lived who insisted on leaving testimonies that have lived for more than five thousand years. All of this is not enough, as the stunning landscape enriches us with the profusion of gigantic cork oaks that form a true green cathedral, almost symbolic of extreme religiosity, combining humanized nature with human and symbolic representations. Much more than a simple walk, surely.



 




Walking Tour "Descobrir Alegrete" - "Discover Alegrete"
10,7
Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to good walkers
This walking path starts and ends in Alegrete, and offers a variety of settings. It runs through part of one of the most humanized Natural Parks of the country, which here has a landscape strongly influenced by human activities. It is precisely this characteristic that we see along the way: a mixed forest of maritime pine and eucalyptus, montados, olive groves, vineyards and vegetable gardens. The rockrose fields are also present,
as well as some viewing angles from the highest points of the mountain, where the Pico de São Mamede is located.

Hotels
 






Walking Tour "Rota dos Contrabandistas de Montanha" - "Mountain Smugglers Route"
12,4Km - Medium plus difficulty - Accessible to good walkers
The walking path begins in Montalvão, a rural village situated high on a hill
from which you can see the landscapes of Alentejo and Spain. Travelling paths once used by farmers and smugglers, you pass by the Fountain of Pales, the Tapada da Queijeira and at the Alto da Pobreza there is a good lookout point over the mouth of the Ribeira de São João. Follow the bank of the Sever River, with Spain always the other side, in an area of dense vegetation where fountains and springs abound, with some traditional buildings and shelters in schist, now used by fishermen.

 




Walking Tour "Paisagens Fantásticas de Póvoa e Meadas" - "Fantatsic Landscapes of Póvoa e Meadas"

13,2Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
The fields of Póvoa e Meadas portray an image of utter serenity and bucolic peacefulness. The paths between walls mark the traces of passage of many centuries of travellers who, having found refuge and shelter here, have settled and turned lands of harsh but attractive granite outcrops into fertile fields. Oak forests, old-growth holm oaks and farm animals provide the ideal company for walkers along the incomparably beautiful route.


 




Walking Tour "Conquista do Castelo de Marvão" - "Conquest of Marvão Castle"
8,5Km - Medium plus difficulty - Accessible to good walkers
Vila de Marvão is a magical place with a medieval castle on top of a rocky hill from which you can see the whole world. Perfectly preserved at the level of houses and knowledge, it is an unmistakable place. In the end, discover the ancient secrets of how wine is produced in huge clay pots and taste the local cuisine.
 




City Tour at Alpalhão
2 hours - Cultural tour at Urban Art Gallery of Alpalhão
Who would have thought that the best of Statuary Art was spread out over the fields and through the streets of Alpalhão. Out there, within the reach of everyone, admirers of art, carefree tourists and dedicated photographers.
This is the opportunity to see each piece, each work of art. Admire every stroke, every impact, every line. From blocks without form were born by the carving and chisel what was always there in that block. Only the excess has been withdrawn. For who knows, because who likes, who feels.

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







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