Unique Alentejo Landscape
Discover the culture, gastronomy, and wine from the Alentejo region considered "the best wine region in the world to visit," according to the publication USA Today or named "New Tuscany" by New York Times. The Alentejo is one of the most beautiful regions of the country, it requires a long narrative, with a continuous and attentive presence in time and space, something that this overview cannot reveal in full. The region breathes a history immersed in periods of unrest and bonanzas.
A land where culture and tradition go hand in hand. There is something deeply reinvigorating and redeemer in the Alentejo landscape, the endless space, in the immensity of the rolling plains with cork trees, the wide sky with an immaculate blue, horizon infinity, and obviously in its people, in the quiet people, honest and proud of Alentejo.
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We will take you to visit one of the most serene and unique landscapes in the world, the Alentejo.
Drop-off at the hotel.
Check-in at Mar de Ar Aqueduto Historic Design Hotel & SPA. Located very near the historic center of Évora, this is your starting point for the best wine experiences in the Alentejo region. The hotel arises from the adaptation of the old Sepúlveda Palace, a sixteenth-century building that has preserved a magnificent chapel, the vaulted ceilings, and a set of three windows in Manuelino style (architectural style named after King Manuel) in the main façade. This boutique hotel, built according to the modern concepts of architecture and contemporary design, offers a 220 m2 SPA, 64 rooms, and comprises the Degust'AR restaurant, where you can enjoy the Mediterranean flavors with the signature of Chef António Nobre.
On your own, we suggest a visit to Évora's well-preserved historic center is one of the richest monuments in Portugal, worth the epithet of City-Museum. The Roman Temple of Évora is one of the most important Roman monuments in Portugal. It is located at the highest point of the city and was part of the Roman forum. It is thought to have been created around the 1st century to honor Emperor Augustus but later came to be known as the Temple of Diana. The Cathedral was built between the 13th and 14th centuries in Gothic style, it is one of the most important medieval cathedrals in the country, with a plan inspired by the Romanesque Lisbon Cathedral. In the 14th century a cloister was built and the statues of the apostles of the main portal, the masterpiece of Portuguese medieval sculpture, were carved. In the 18th century, the chancel was rebuilt in an exuberant Baroque style. The Church of San Francisco was reconstructed from the reign of D. João II and finished in the time of D. Manuel. Its architecture and decoration mix the Gothic, Mudejar and Manueline styles. Chapel of the Bones located in the Church of San Francisco was built in the eighteenth century and is entirely lined with human bones. It is known by the famous phrase written at the entrance "We bones that we are here for your hope".
In the evening, dinner is waiting at Degust'ar Restaurant. Located on the ground floor of the Sepúlveda Palace building, the Degust'AR restaurant has the gastronomic signature of Chef António Nobre. The menu has as its starting point in the Alentejo cuisine, and the Chef develops his creative inspiration by exploring the Mediterranean flavors. The atmosphere is refined, comfortable and intimate. The vaulted ceilings, the horseshoe arches, and some frescos on the walls give the restaurant a unique and special character.
End of your day.
Breakfast in the hotel.
The Private Driver is waiting for you in the lobby of the Hotel.
Your first stop will be at Monte da Ravasqueira. Connected to José de Mello's family for several generations, Monte da Ravasqueira is located in the municipality of Arraiolos, one hour away from Lisbon, and covers a vast area of the typical Alentejo landscape. Monte da Ravasqueira enjoys excellent geological and climatic conditions for the production of the best wine that Alentejo can offer, taking advantage of its terroir. The cellar of Monte da Ravasqueira is inspired in Napa Valley, California, and is equipped with the most advanced technology for a qualified and rigorous control of the wine-making process. You will have a guided visit to the vineyards, Carriage Driving Museum (one of the best carriage private collections in the country) and a Reserve wine tasting.
After the wine experience, you will enjoy lunch, at O Alpendre Restaurant. The Chef interprets the Alentejo cuisine with great passion, taking it as his starting point of the original recipes of this gastronomy and treating each delicacy as unique. In this typically Alentejo space we find the typical hospitality of these people. Here, meat from the Alentejo region predominates, such as black pork, veal, and lamb. In terms of "Migas", this is a true temple because the offer ranges from typical Migas to asparagus, tomato, coriander, among others. The different variations are not there to confuse you, but to invite the discovery of different and subtle flavors of Alentejo gastronomy, based on simple ingredients but with an extraordinary richness when well combined. These will be joined by the ideal pairing. When dessert arrives, we confirmed that Alpendre Restaurant is justly recognized for its conventual sweets.
Then, a drive/walking tour to Arraiolos Village. Arraiolos is a pleasant Alentejo town, whose foundation dates back to the second century BC. The medieval castle was built at the orders of D. Dinis (1279-1325), although the town soon spread beyond its walls. An important part of the town's artistic heritage is the sixteenth-century Salvador church, with some extremely beautiful paintings. The name of this town is well known internationally thanks to the famous Arraiolos carpets, which are produced here by the local craftsmen and women, having been referred to in documents as long ago as the sixteenth century.
Afterwards, you will discover Adega da Cartuxa. Two km from the historic center of Évora, a World Heritage city, and 200 meters of the Cartuxa Convent which inspired its name, the Wine Tourism Cartuxa is located in the former refectory of the Jesuit retirement home, they taught at the University of Évora in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Acquired in the nineteenth century by the Eugénio de Almeida family, the Cartuxa Cellar has undergone several renovations and expansions over time, preserving the richness of its architectural and historical memory. The Cartuxa Cellar - Quinta Valbom is now one of the stage centers of the wines produced by the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation. The effort Fundação Eugénio de Almeida Foundation has poured into creating excellent products has been recognized over the years with various prizes. You will have a guided visit with a wine tasting accompanied by regional products.
End of day.
Breakfast in the Hotel.
In the morning, the Private Driver is waiting for you in the lobby of the Hotel.
Breakfast in the Hotel.
The Private Driver is waiting for you in the lobby of the Hotel.
Herdade do Sobroso is placed in the county of Vidigueira and its delimited by the mountain of Mendro at north, the river Guadiana at east and south an immense plain as far as the eyes can see. To the lovers of wine tourism and synergetic tourism, Herdado do Sobroso offers a unit of Rural Tourism integrated in the middle of the property vines. 50 hectares of vineyards of Herdade do Sobroso where you will visit the winery and taste the wine but also where you can buy wine, olive oil, honey and jams produced in the Herdade.
You will enjoy a lunch of traditional cuisine. Pure moments from Alentejo, The Herdade do Sobroso Restaurant presents traditional dishes from Alentejo cuisine, one of the tastiest and most appreciated of the country, accompanied with the wine which is produced on it. This place breathes authenticity and good wines.
In the afternoon, discover Herdade do Rocim. The estate with approximately 120 hectares, of which 70 hectares are vineyards, is situated between Vidigueira and Cuba in the Baixo Alentejo. A new adventure and a dream would follow. The first years were dedicated to the restructuring and qualification of the estate, with the planting of new vines and the introduction of new wine grape varieties, in a project that mixed new and old knowledge, with reason and emotion, supported by the love of father and daughter. Then, the cellar was built and the production of wine with own brands started. Today, Rocim is renowned for the quality of its wine and cellar and speaking of its history is speaking of a dream and therefore its speaking of the present and the future. The visitor will have the opportunity to visit the winery and taste the most modern and classic talha wines from the Herdade do Rocim, paired with a selection of Alentejo cheeses and sausages.
Drop-off at the Hotel.
End of day
Breakfast in the Hotel followed by Check-out.
Private Transfer to Lisbon.
End of the Tour
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"Thanks Manuela. It´s never late to share the good moments and memories that we took from your wonderful country. Alentejo is a bless."
"Our driver was fantastic. Absolutely fantastic! Fully recommend it, everyone was very helpful!"
"The Hotel? Great. The Herdade do Sobroso and Esporão? Amazing. The best wine? Catuxa. Price of the Tour? Fair. The result? 5 star experience. Thanks Márcia."
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