From your base at Monte da Estalagem you can find so many activities to cater to every need. From hiking and cycling, walking, castles and museums, markets and just about everything you can imagine within about 20 minutes’ drive.
It is great to combine your stay with so many available activities, however do not forget the special time for yourself and your family enjoying your stay in the property.
There are numerous tour operators in our location who can manage half-day or one-day excursions for you and your group.
A town that is best visited on a Saturday morning because of the wonderful market that is held there. You can spend a few hours picking through the bric-a-brac, or focus on the food section. This is what makes life in Alentejo so wonderful – the range of fresh foods that will make you wish for simpler times before supermarkets and “food-miles”. Fresh vegetables, cured hams, cheeses, breads, cakes, chickens and rabbits if that’s what you are looking for. Make a point of sampling the local donut-like delicacies sold from a van half way up the street.
The town also boasts a good few restaurants, supermarkets, chemists, banks and all the other things you may need. All served with wonderful coffee available at a range of different coffee shops.
And if you feel like a walk, wander through the cobbled streets until you get to the top of the hill. Your reward will be a fantastic view over the valleys towards Evoramonte, some really unique spots for a bite to eat, and the satisfaction of knowing that the way home is all downhill.
There is so much to this UNESCO World Heritage Town. A cathedral, a Roman temple, a chapel of bones! A busy town square. Dozens of cafes, bars and restaurants. Festivals and incredible fish & meat markets.
Well worth a full day visit with a lunch or an afternoon visit followed by dinner.
Just a few kilometres from the Spanish border, this is a great place to go for a lunch or dinner with a view. And also a fine way to while away an afternoon looking at a selection of crafts from the area.
There are no cars in the town, so you can walk freely among the cobbled streets, visiting the shops that sell everything from carpets, to pottery and textiles and local foods.
This is a fine-sand river beach with grassy areas, a wooden walkway & showers, plus a bar/restaurant.
You can also arrange in advance to have sailing, canoeing and paddle board excursions for your group.
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If carefully crafted pottery is what you are after then we have an entire village for you. In Sao Pedro do Corval nearly every establishment is involved in the making and selling of pottery. You can visit the shops for the whole morning – and even see the crafts people at work. The ceramics and pots you see throughout the country are usually made right here in this wee village. They now have a visitor centre with samples of many of the 22 pottery shops on display. So you can see what you like and then select the craft-shops you will visit.
Sometimes you can find a place where beautiful, detailed carpets are crafted. We have a whole town where this is the focus. Wool carpets and tapestries have been woven here since the 16th century – and are still hand-woven here today. You can wonder from place to place and see if a carpet or wall hanging might add that little extra to your home. Spend a morning wondering through the shops, take in the views, enjoy a beer and some lunch at one of the cafes.
The area is also home to some of the oldest megalithic stones. As the guide book says, the standing stones of the Almendres Cromlech are regarded as the finest example of Neolithic structures that remain on the Iberian Peninsula. Thankfully, the local government has not cordoned or fenced off the stones and visitors are free to wander around the entire site and even touch the stones. This relaxed approach extends to the management of the site, there is no entrance fee and the stones are open to visit at any time.
The town of Vila Viçosa is well known for the marble it produces. Another great walled town with so many great old buildings to visit – but here they have used marble to build so much of it. So if you are interested in seeing where this marble comes from, or maybe owning a few keepsakes – this is the spot for you to visit.
There are half a dozen great vineyards all within half an hour’s drive.
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Monte Da Estalagem, Venda do Duque, Vimieiro, Portugal 7040-602
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