Magnificent Castles of Alentejo
The castles of Alentejo are a fundamental part in the historical and tourist affirmation of the territory. Built over several centuries, they aimed to protect villages, cities and populations, always affirming the independence of Portugal and the defense of the nation. Today they mark the landscape of the Alentejo and are an important cultural heritage and a source of pride for those who live in its proximity and for those who visit and learn more from the history of these places. Visitors from all over the world have a special attraction for Castles and a region like the Alentejo is a privileged destination to get to know them through excellent walks. In all the walking routes of these programs it is possible to see, walk or visit the Castelo do Alentejo associated with it.

Taking into account the immense territory of the Alentejo and the quantity and great dispersion of the Castles of the Alentejo, we have organized five different seven-day programs with six days of walks through thematic and sub-regional spaces. These programs are presented here in a synthetic way in order to give a global idea of the region and the walking tours that make up each program. If you are interested in any of them, the detailed program will be sent.


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

PLEASE NOTE
The programs presented here usually have short or easy walks. It is intended that each day of the program includes a visit or a detailed explanation of the Castelo do Alentejo that is found in its passage or in the villages of the route.

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


Alentejo North Castles
In the North of the Alentejo are castles from different eras, such as ancient fortresses from the Arab period or castles of royal residence in an urban space. In some cases, the castles were abandoned and their stones gave rise to the construction of the current settlements, sometimes leaving a tower or just some old walls that still have the charm and mystery of past settlements and wars.

BELVER (GAVIÃO)


CASTELO DE VIDE

SEDA (ALTER DO CHÃO)

ARRONCHES

DAILY WALKING TOURS

. Tagus River Banks - BELVER .
16Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. Climb to Our Lady of Penha - CASTELO VIDE .
8,5Km - Medium plus difficulty - Accessible to good walkers

. Conquest of Marvão Castle . MARVÃO .
8,5Km - Medium plus difficulty - Accessible to good walkers


. From Seda Castle to Roman Bridge - SEDA, ALTER DO CHÃO .
10,4Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. Flor da Rosa Historical Route - FLOR DA ROSA, CRATO
.
20,1Km - Medium plus difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. Fortress and Valiant Town of Arronches - ARRONCHES
10Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers


 



MARVÃO


FLOR DA ROSA (CRATO)


HOTELS


ALPALHÃO


ARRONCHES

 


Alentejo Border Castles
Portugal's border with Spain has been the scene of many wars and battles throughout the ages, from the medieval beginnings of Portugal's assertion as an independent state until the beginning of the 19th century to stop the French invasions of Napoleon, often supported by their Spanish allies . These are Castles where you have a very wide view of the territories with landscapes as far as the eye can see.


CAMPO MAIOR


ELVAS

JUROMENHA


ALANDROAL


TERENA

BOA NOVA (TERENA)

DAILY WALKING TOURS

. Defensive Strutures - CAMPO MAIOR .

7,5Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

- Military Lines - ELVAS .
7Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. The First Defense of the Border - JUROMENHA .
6Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. Historical Alandroal Village - ALANDROAL .
6Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. Conquest of Terena Castle - TERENA .
11Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. Writings in Stone and Lime - MONSARAZ
13Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers


. Accross the Living Heritage - MOURÃO .
8,3Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

 



MONSARAZ



MOURÃO

HOTELS


ELVAS



ELVAS

REGUENGOS


MONSARAZ

 


Alentejo Central North Castles
The interior of the Alentejo has a set of castles where the fortifications of royal or stately housing predominate. Many of them served as accommodation for kings and queens, wedding ceremonies, signing of peace treaties, commemorative ceremonies for historical dates and most of them were transformed into tourist accommodation spaces of the National Network of Pousadas de Portugal.


AVIS


ESTREMOZ

ARRAIOLOS

ÉVORA

DAILY WALKING TOURS

. The Waterfields of Maranhão - AVIS .
7Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers


. Monumental Route - ESTREMOZ .
11,4Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. The Historic Peace Treaty - EVORAMONTE .
10,5Km Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. Between Stitches and Hills - ARRAIOLOS .
9,8Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. The Conquest of São Bento - ÉVORA .
7,1Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers


. Olive Orchads and Oak Groves - MONTEMOR .
13,6Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers



 


MONTEMOR O NOVO


EVORAMONTE

HOTELS


MORA

ÉVORA


Alentejo Central South Castles
The interior of the Alentejo has a set of castles where the fortifications of royal or stately housing predominate. Many of them served as accommodation for kings and queens, wedding ceremonies, signing of peace treaties, commemorative ceremonies for historical dates and most of them were transformed into tourist accommodation spaces of the National Network of Pousadas de Portugal.


PORTEL


VIANA DO ALENTEJO

ALVITO

VIDIGUEIRA

DAILY WALKING TOURS

. The Royal Lands of South - PORTEL .
10Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. Pilmigrage Route of Our Lady of Aires - VIANA DO ALENTEJO .
9Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. Memories of the Old Mills - ALVITO .
14,8Km
Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. Through the St Cucufate Vineyards - VIDIGUEIRA .
17,9Km
Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. The Great Fields of the South - FERREIRA DO ALENTEJO .
13,8Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

- Pax Julia the Great Roman City - BEJA
10Km
- Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

 


BEJA


FERREIRA DO ALENTEJO
COMPLETELY DESTROYED

HOTELS



VIANA DO ALENTEJO

FERREIRA DO ALENTEJO


Alentejo Coast Castles
The Alentejo Coast and the Arrábida Region played a major role in the implantation of the Religious and Military Order of Santiago de Espada, which here had the head of its master's degree and left Castles scattered throughout the main towns and cities. These fortifications whose initial mission was to support the Christian conquest of the territory in the medieval period, came to have an important defense performance along the coast during the following centuries.


ALCÁCER DO SAL


SINES

PORTO COVO


ILHA DO PESSEGUEIRO


VILA NOVA DE MIL FONTES

SESIMBRA


DAILY WALKING TOURS

. Lord of the Medieval Martyrs Route - ALCÁCER DO SAL .
12,5Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers


. Between Farms and Oak Groves - SANTIAGO DO CACÉM .
14Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers


. Vasco da Gama Coast - SINES .
11,2Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

. The Fishermen Trail - PORTO COVO to VILA NOVA DE MIL FONTES
20km - High
difficulty - Accessible to good walkers

. Paths of the Military Order of Santiago de Espada - PALMELA .
14km - Medium
plus difficulty - Accessible to good walkers

. From the Castle to the Secret Beach - SESIMBRA
12km - Medium
plus difficulty - Accessible to good walkers

 


SANTIAGO DO CACÉM


PALMELA

HOTELS


SANTIAGO DO CACÉM


GRÂNDOLA



SETÚBAL

SETÚBAL






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