Meeting Place
April 23, 2017
ADC Hotel
Evora, Portugal

Tour price
$2600 per person
based on double occupancy
$2850 for private room

Ending Date/Place
April 29, 2017
ADC Hotel
Evora, Portugal

Tour Price Includes
everything except airfare, 2 dinners
1 lunch, beverages, tips

Pre-Tour Extension: Lisbon
April 20-22, 2017; call for details

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Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal
 

Evora, Portugal
April 23-29, 2017

I first went to Portugal in 2011 and found the very charming walled city of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage site. I stayed in an intimate small hotel that was a 16th century olive oil mill for the neighboring convent. In April, 2016, I took a group there. Evora, ADC Hotel and the Alentejo Province all had rave reviews so April 2017 will find us returning.

Evora, PortugalEvora, located on a plateau of the Alentejo province, combines natural beauty of cork trees, olive orchards, vineyards with an archeological landscape of cromlechs and dolmens reaching back the Neolithic Period. With a population of about 56,000 Evora is composed of white washed houses, narrow streets and medieval squares. All the groups and traditions that have occupied the city have left their mark in art and architecture: Moors, Jews, Romans, Christians. www.evora-portugal.com

Evora, PortugalOur walks of about 8 miles per day will explore this ancient landscape and beautiful countryside. We will walk through small farms along the 16th Century aqueduct; visit the hilltop medieval town of Monsaraz (within site of the Spanish border); have a lovely walk to the 11th century Valongo Castle; be amazed at the Neolithic standing stones; have a tour of Evora and stop along our walking routes for wine-tasting in some of the area’s beautiful vineyards.

Day by Day Overview

Sunday, April 23 - Arrive in Evora, take a taxi from the train station and check in at the Hotel

 
Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal
Evora, Portugal

ADC (Albergaria do Calvario). The trip officially begins with a welcome reception in the Hotel patio at 6:30PM followed by a buffet dinner at the hotel at 7:30PM.

Lodging: Hotel ADC (Albergaria do Calvario)
Travessa dos Lagares, 3
http://adcevora.com/

Monday, April 24 - Megalithic Trail. We take a bus from the hotel this morning to the Megalithic trail. Our walking takes us through a Holm Oak and Cork Oak Forest. This area is dotted by impressive granite boulders which, over 6,000 years ago, were used to build burial sites and magical cult sites. We will visit the Dolmen of Zambujeiro...the biggest in Europe, the Cromelech of Almendres, the Menir of Almendres and the Church of Mitra. Transport back to our hotel. Distance today: 8 miles; Elevation: mainly flat with a few small hills.

Tuesday, April 25 - Evora town tour. Today we have a guided tour of the UNESCO World Heritage city of Evora. We will visit the historical center of this walled city. Evora was an important trading and religious center which is reflected in its buildings and monuments: The Roman temple (the best preserved Roman structure on the Iberian Peninsula), the Se Cathedral (the ancient religious seat of Portugal), Capela Dos Ossos (the chapel of bones) and the main square of Evora which was the site for deaths in Spanish Inquisition of the 16th century. As we are already in the town center you are on our own for lunch and a free afternoon.

Wednesday, April 26 - Castelo de Valongo. Today, enjoying gorgeous views along the way, we walk along the lovely river, Degebe. Our destination is the surreal castle of Valongo. Surrounded by vineyards, the castle was built in 1283 and is now a National Monument. The castle is not open. After our picnic lunch we visit the winery of Ervideira for an unusual experience of wine tasting (http://www.wonderfulland.com/ervideira/). Not to spoil the surprise for you, but a blind tasting is part of the challenge! Distance today: 8 miles; Elevation gain 500 ft.

Thursday, April 27 - Monsaraz. Today our destination is the medieval fortified village of Monsaraz. Sitting high on a hill and near the border with Spain, its white houses with red tile roofs can be seen from quite a distance. Our walk takes us on tracks gradually climbing to the village gates. Monsaraz is car free, has narrow streets and tiny village squares. It has remains of a castle, a bullring and many interesting shops and cafes. The views from Monsaraz of the surrounding landscape is spectacular. We will visit the village then have free time to walk around on our own or shop.

On our return to Evora we have a stop in Sao Pedro do Corval to visit a very unique pottery shop. Several generations of one family have been the potters here to the present. You may find a souvenir piece here or try your own hand a making a souvenir! Distance today: 7 miles; Elevation gain 450 ft.

Friday, April 28 - Silver Water Aqueduct. This morning we walk along the town aqueduct. It was built in the 16th century to solve water shortages in the city. Our route is through beautiful scenery of the Alentejo plain with its small farm holdings. At lunch time we arrive to our guide’s farm and are treated to a gourmet picnic lunch! Afterwards we are returned to Evora for last shopping and preparation tomorrow’s departure. Return by bus to our hotel. Distance today: 6 miles; Elevation is mainly flat.

Saturday, April 29 - Breakfast and departure.

Please Note: The above schedule is subject to change due to weather or other circumstances beyond our control.

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