The fields around Monsaraz display treasures from prehistory in the form of various megalithic monuments that testify to the intense human presence in the territory. At the top of a rock, in the past almost impossible to reach, rises the Medieval Village, once a stronghold of Muslim peoples and Christianized by the advance of the first kings of Portugal. The old Arab castle grew and a whole line of walls defended the Medieval VIla which, today, has become a living museum with landscapes overlooking the plains and the Great Lake Alqueva. The walking routes of this program will go through ancestral paths around Monsaraz and in the surrounding region in a program that discovers hidden treasures and local populations that keep this piece of land alive.

What is a "Walk In" Program ?
The "Walk In" program, included in the great offer of Walk in Alentejo, is aimed at short-term stays in a well-defined geographically region, usually a municipality or its surroundings, with a well-structured, well-signposted walking trail with elements well-organized support services - maps, trails, documentation. The basic offer is self-guided walking routes with a base version of three days and a long version of five to six days, in which the offer of daily routes can be changed in the final composition of the program. In the territory there will always be a support person who, not guiding the walking routes, will be present whenever necessary. If the group wishes, there will be a permanent guide in the program. Walks are always completed with visits to typically "non-tourist" places where the best relationship between visitors and locals is promoted in what we like to call Proximity Tourism, which for some is the True Luxury Tourism.

Duration, Calendar and Group
3 and 6 days programs
- January to December (*)
Weekend or weekdays
Couples, individuals (min 2 persons), families and groups
Self-guided - Walking guide as suplement

Indicative Prices
3 days program - 179,00Euros/day per person
6 days program - 169,00Euros/day per person

Indicative prices mean that these are the average tariffs for the different services included. Each specific program will have an accurate budget that depends on the group, the season, the services included and the purchase channel used. Please always ask for information by email.

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.
Ask information by email

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.

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".


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- Accommodation at Hotel with all facilities - Double room
- Breakfast an Hotel, all days
- Lunch box ou restaurant lunch
- Dinner all days
- Private rental car - From/to airport/train station
- 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 costs.
- Permanent guide - Ask extra costs.

Economy program
- Dinners not included - Free dinner
- Private rental car not included - Use own car
- Medium size groups

This information must be oficialized by a concret proposal and budget. Put your questions and ask to info@walkinalentejo.com

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Arriving day

- Arrive at Airport ou TrainStation
- Pickup private rental car
- Journey to Monsaraz crossing Portugal - About 2/2,5 hours

- Checkin at Hotel or Rural Tourism
- Free time
- Dinner at Traditional Restaurant


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.

09:00h - Breakfast at Hotel or Rural Tourism
10:00h - Start of Walking Tour at Monsaraz Village
12:00h - Lunch box at tour
14:00h - Visit to Monsaraz Castle and Free Walk in Monsaraz Village
18:00h - Gastronomical Taste
20:00h - Dinner at Traditional Restaurant

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.

08:30h - Breakfast at Hotel or Rural Tourism
10:00h - Start of Walking Tour at Terena Castle
12:00h - Lunch box at tour
18:00h - Visit to Terena Castle and Free Walk in Terena Village
20:00h - Dinner at Traditional Restaurant


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.

08:30h - Breakfast at Hotel or Rural Tourism - Checkout
10:00h - Start of Walking Tour at Mourão Village
13:00h - Lunch at Traditional Restaurant of Mourão
15:00h - End of program of 3 days

Program 6 days
20:00h - Dinner at Traditional Restaurant


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.

08:30h - Breakfast at Hotel or Rural Tourism
09:30h - Park the car at Alqueva Villege and transfer to Amieira Village
10:00h - Start of Walking Tour at Amieira Village
13:00h - Lunch box at tour
16:00h - Visit and taste at Medronho (arbutus berry) Museum
20:00h - Dinner at Traditional Restaurant


Walking Tour "Da Serra Colorada aos Cerro do Calvário" - "From Colour Mountain to Calvário Hill"
17Km - Medium plus difficulty - Accessible to good 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

08:30h - Breakfast at Hotel or Rural Tourism
10:00h - Start of Walking Tour at Barrancos Town
13:00h - Lunch box at tour
16:00h - Time to taste and shop Iberian Ham
20:00h - Dinner at Traditional Restaurant


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.

08:30h - Breakfast at Hotel or Rural Tourism - Checkout
10:00h - Start of Walking Tour at Moura Town
13:00h - Lunch at Moura Restaurant
15:00h - End of program of 6 days





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