Meghalitic Circuit of Alentejo
Megalithism is an impressive testimony of civilizations of several millennia, some 6000 years before Christ, in which people from immense territories produced and aligned buildings of large blocks of stone. Building dolmens, fabulous funerary monuments, or placing stones, more or less rolled in the middle of the fields, in isolated menhirs, or finally in fabulous aligned structures, the famous Cromlech. For the best testimonies of the Alentejo, the six best walking routes were studied in order to have a global view of more than 8000 years of Alentejo history.

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 "Rota Histórica de Flor da Rosa" - "Historical Route of Flor da Rosa"
20Km - Medium plus difficulty - Accessible to good walkers
A vast territory was the headquarters of the Knights Hospitaller, now known as the Order of Malta, lands belonging to the Álvares Pereira family, to which the history of Portugal owes so much. Between legends of deadly loves in Flor da Rosa and secular defences in the Castles, we have fertile lands that have been peopled with scattered settlements since prehistoric times. Today, this is marvellous countryside for walking; you can feel the
energy from those bygone days, in landscapes that have already borne witness to so many fabulous civilisations.


 




Walking Tour "Mora, um Amor para Sempre" - "Mora, a Eternal Love"
18Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
Here you will find a water-filled Alentejo all year round, a transitional space between the mountainous areas to the east and the floodplains to the west. The oak groves are vitally important not only because of cork production but also because they ensure very biodiverse ecosystems, enriched by fabulous megalithic remains. It is a constantly-changing landscape with horizons stretching to infinity, deep valleys and the possibility of walking along what was once an important regional railway line.

Hotels


 




Walking Tour "Eremitas da Serra d'Ossa" - "Hermits of Serra d'Ossa"
18Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
From Redondo you can see the Serra d’Ossa which, to the southwest, offers a good forest of cork oaks and holm oaks that extends to the fields at its base, providing an excellent alternative to the many eucalyptus trees that populate it. Here you can also find the religious monuments that characterized the eremitic vocation of this site as an adptated dolmen for a private eremit place.




 






Walking Tour "Escritas de Pedra e Cal" - "Writings in Stone and Lime"
13Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
Being in Monsaraz is almost like touching the sky. High on top of its more than three hundred metre altitude, it dominates the surrounding plain and ensures the best views of Lake Alqueva, which almost reaches the base
of its rock mass. A location of great landscapes, this village was throughout time chosen by different peoples as a place of dwelling and defence, giving rise to a walled set that marks the skyline and defines the history of the region.



 




Walking Tour "De Amieira a Alqueva com o Lago a Seus Pés" - "From Amieira to Alqueva with the Lake at Your Feet"

15Km - Low 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 "Cromeleque dos Almendres e Anta Grande do Zambujeiro" - "Almendres Cromelech and Zambujeiro Big Dolmen"
20Km - Medium plus difficulty - Accessible to good walkers
This Central Alentejo, very close from Évora, was the birthplace of so many civilizations. Here we find the vestiges of distant past that refer us to prehistory where we can find what is considered the oldest monument of humanity and the largest dolmen of Portugal, where our ancestors bade farewell to their dead in so different cults of our days.
In the middle of the montado woods we find the perfect cross between the history and the myth where remains medieval castles from past heroes of the Christian reconquest from Évora to the Moors.

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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