Misterious Inland of Southwest
There is immense territory, between the Atlantic Coast and the Guadiana River, which holds mysterious historical secrets. Several civilizations have passed through here and lived, from prehistoric times, through the Roman period and Arab civilizations and up to the present day with the great activities of mining and extensive agriculture. One of the most enigmatic inheritances is the Script of the Southwest, with several testimonies and never deciphered. The mythical National Road EN2 passes today in the middle of the territory, but in the past and even now this is a difficult-to-access territory, especially in its walking routes.


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 "Montes e Vales de Santana da Serra" - "Hills and Valeys of Santana da Serra"
13,5Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to good walkers
The terrain is quite hilly and is marked by hills separated by valleys carved out in an area that is already a transitional one leading into the Algarve uplands. The landscapes are seemingly endless, in a sea of green and boulders. Dotted around the countryside you will see ruined hamlets that bear witness to bygone days when people lived in scattered settlements and the inhabitants struggled to make a living in these lands.

 




Walking Tour "De Santa Clara à Barragem" - "From Santa Clara to the Dam"
10Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers

In Santa Clara a Velha, history shows the importance of a controlled crossing point, such as the one implemented by the Order of Saint James of the Sword when they built the Chapel of Santa Clara de Assis (Saint Clare of Assisi). Here, we have the River Mira playing an important role, as the reservoir created by damming its waters supplies the entire region through a complex and well laid-out network of channels and distributors. Although manmade, the scenic setting for the lake is stunningly beautiful and anyone walking along its banks is sure to feel privileged.

 




Walking Tour "Do Mira às Mesas de Castelinho" - "From Mira River to Mesas do Castelinho Archaeological Site"
11Km - Medium plus difficulty - Accessible to good walkers
This is a border territory between the wide plains of the south of Alentejo and the mountains that start the Algarve. Lands of difficult access that are part of all the human routes that came from the coast looked for in the territory of the mining wealth and the safe mountain areas with the fertile valleys of the rivers that go towards the north. Since prehistoric times, different peoples settled here, created their villages and even brought or created the enigmatic writing of the southwest. Walk these paths, discover the historical heritage and have visions of an enigmatic territory.

 





Walking Tour "Ao Longo da Ribeira de Odelouca" - "Along Odelouca Stream"
9,5Km - High difficulty - Accessible to good walkers
Almodôvar’s vast territory is a mystery waiting to be explored, in terms of both its geography and its history. People have lived here since the Neolithic period, and stones engraved with Southwest Script have been found here, taking us back 2,500 years into the past, to a time when stone was the support for the written word. Various civilisations have
been responsible for shaping Almodôvar’s identity; crossing the Serra do Caldeirão uplands, they gave rise to hamlets such as São Barnabé, known as the capital of medronho, the famous brandy made from the fruit of the strawberry tree.



 



Walking Tour "Aracélis - Subida ao Altar Celeste" - "Aracélis - Ascent to the Celestial Altar"
18Km - Medium difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
This is the Altar of Heaven that stands out as the highest altitude Christian temple in Baixo Alentejo. Nossa Senhora de Aracélis is the worthy Christian successor of other cults and other deities that until today protected farmers and cattle breeders who settled in the immense cereal steppe, called Campo Branco. The memory of the times when the Alentejo was considered the breadbasket of Portugal, where harvesters were seen in the weed, comes to mind. Today there are no harvesters and the steppe is an ecological sanctuary with a high potential, where the famous Bustards, large birds and special protection status stand out.




 




Walking Tour "Viagem aos Primórdios da Nacionalidade" - "A Journey to the Origins of Portuguese Nationality"
11,7Km - Low difficulty - Accessible to all walkers
The cereal fields of Castro Verde mark the lines of the horizon in every direction, giving you the impression that you could walk to infinity. The starting point for this route is Namorados, a curious name that harks back to the habit of positioning younger soldiers in less dangerous battlefield locations. It once served to guard the ore existing underground and now discretely guards secrets of endless paths. Reaching the Cerro de São Pedro das Cabeças is the equivalent of conquering the best of Portugal’s legendary history, where the origins of Portuguese nationality lie.



 




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

 







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