Landscapes of
Alqueva Big Lake

The reservoir formed by the Alqueva Dam forms the largest artificial lake in Europe with a total area of about 250Km2 and a total of margins that exceed 1100km. Undertaking with the main purpose of irrigating the whole of the lower Alentejo is today a reason for tourist attraction for several municipalities and localities bordering the lake and which are under the influence of their irrigation. In several places we can walk on several pedestrian routes and see the gradualness of a fantastic territory in which the warm colored fields contrast with the freshness of the crystalline waters of the great lake.

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 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 "Da Serra Colorada aos Cerro do Calvário" - "From Colour Mountain to Calvário Hill"
17Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
The village of Barrancos and the surrounding territory are locations with a magic that is difficult to put in words. Located at the eastern end of the Alentejo, right next to the border line, this location keeps within itself a centrality ensured by its strategic geographic position and temperance of the folk who have always known how to live in apparently distant locations. The history of Barrancos and its people is the perfect blend between two neighbouring peoples with common traditions

Hotels


 



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 "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 "Conquista do Castelo de Terena" - "Conquest of Terena Castle"
15,2Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

The village of Terena, situated in the territory of Alandroal, is one of the best kept secrets of the Alentejo. It’s as though time stopped, as if wanting to leave an imprint of a very important historic past, as evidenced by the testimony of so many times and so many civilizations, highlighting the best heritage of the pre-Christian God Endovelicus and the strategic position of the border with Spain, with a vital need for defence and settlement.



 




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.



 



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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