Roman Heritage
We are in the middle of Roman Lusitania, where even before the Romans varied civilizations came in search of the riches of the subsoil, that is to say the rich ores of gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc. The Romans here settled down for several centuries leaving the remains of their cities, their temples, their roads and their culture well rooted in the Latin language and in fantastic traditions such as the production of wine in clay pots. These are some of the walking routes that make us know and visit much of this 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 "Rota do Senhor dos Mártires" - "Lord of the Medieval Martyrs Route"
12,5Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
Exploring Alcácer do Sal is almost like entering the Alentejo through the great Atlantic road, which is the River Sado. A splendid riverside settlement since prehistoric times, its importance grew in the Roman period, as the first port of access to the whole empire. Built in mediaeval times, the castle is one of the most important symbols of the Christian reconquest and of the installation of the order of Saint James of the Sword. The surrounding fields are today immense rice paddies; this cereal crop has made its mark on the landscape, gastronomy and the natural habitats for the fauna and flora.


 

ROMAN VILLA AT ALCÁCER DO SAL CASTLE


Walking Tour "De Évora ao Alto de São Bento " - "From Évora to Alto de São Bento"
7,1Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
Évora, a historic city in the heart of the Alentejo, is heir to a rich and varied cultural heritage, built and preserved over time. Monuments and noble buildings, in harmony with the popular nature of the urban fabric, make up a whole that has been Unesco World Heritage since 1986. One such example is the unique landscape of the Alto de São Bento, the most important viewpoint overlooking the city of Évora and the surrounding countryside.



 


ROMAN TEMPLE ( KNOW AS DIANA'S TEMPLE )


Walking Tour "Pelas Vinhas de São Cucufate" - "Through São Cucufate Vineyards"
17,9Km - Meidum plus difficulty - Accessible to good walkers
This is the land of small vineyards, rented plots of Crown land, and the ancient skills and knowledge of monks and farmers. Sheltered from the north winds by the uplands of Portel and Mendro, the fertile lands in the valley became home to various civilisations whose historical legacy lives on in the town of São Cucufate. Following on the heels of the Romans came the skilful convent crafts that have survived to the present day, in the form of wine produced in earthenware vats, olive oil and even locally-grown oranges in the land was once the County of Vasco da Gama.

Hotels

 

VILLA SÃO CUCUFATE AT VILA DE FRADES



Walking Tour "Aljustrel tem uma Mina" - "Aljustrel has a Mine"
12Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
This is the famous Roman Vipasca, one of the major mining centres in the empire, which broke new ground deep below the earth’s surface. Later it was the Islamic “Al-lustre”, a term that clearly refers to the lustre and light that could be seen on the surface in the form of pyrites and their geological counterparts. However, Aljustrel also has glistening grain fields, dotted with old-growth trees, cut across by small streams and cradled by charming never-ending scenery, sweeping views and endless soul.



 


ROMAN MINE OF ALJUSTREL


Walking Tour "Entre Quintas e Montado" - "Between Farms and Oak Groves"
14Km -Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
These are the famous lands settled in mediaeval times by the Order of Saint James of the Sword, vital in the conquest and Christianisation of the territory that would later become the Kingdom of Portugal. It is from this memory that the name Santiago derives; and associated with this name is Kassém, from the Arabic, the civilisation that inherited the important Roman metropole of Miróbriga and various Celtic and prehistoric vestiges. Over time, the rural space was divided up and an attractive mosaic of working farms gave way to estates and oak groves that define a landscape of greenery and life.



 


TOWN OF MIRÓBRIGA


Walking Tour "Rota do Cerro da Águia" - "Eagle Hill Route"
13,8Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
This is vast territory filled with gentle landscapes, where times passes at its own pace. Legend has it that, in the fifth century, it was the valiant wife of the local blacksmith who, armed with sledgehammer, defended the city of Singa against invading barbarians. A defensive fortification was built on the site where the Castle of the Order of Saint James once stood, and which today is where the local cemetery is to be found. Today, the fields around Ferreira are fertile olive groves that shape a productive rural landscape and provide a restful view for the eyes and souls of passers-by.



 


VILLA OF MONTE DA CHAMINÉ


Visit to Roman Town of Tróia - Ácala Island
2 hours - Cultural tour
In the Roman period, this was the island of Ácala, an important center for the production of fish preparations that follows from here to the entire Roman empire. With only a small excavated and visitable part, it is possible to understand all the industrial effort supported by the huge residential area, with paths, cemetery and thermal baths where one imagines the great metropolis of two millennia ago.

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

 


TOWN OF TRÓIA - "ÁCALA ISLAND"








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