Covering more than 23,000 hectares (57,000 acres), the Sado Estuary Natural Reserve is one of the country’s most important area that offers striking landscapes characterized by a biologically rich area of wetlands, breathtaking coastlines and beaches with many different natural features and systems (dunes, marshes, heath land, woods, salt flats, rice fields and peat bogs) which attract a wide variety of birds (more than 200 species have been identified) and very rare species of Mediterranean vegetation which make this reserve a place of high environmental value.
DETAILS: €660/pax - 4 to 12 pax max.
(10% discount for kids up to 10 year)
6 Nights Full Board in a traditional accommodation
All meals included: traditional Portuguese food
(delicious vegetarian meals can be arranged)
Grade 2-3: gentle to moderate walks
Terrain: coastal paths, dunes and forest tracks
Check in: 3PM on Sunday
Check out: 12PM on Saturday
TOUR DETAILS :
Day 1 :TRANSFERT
From Lisbon Airport to Monte Cabeço do Ouro, a typical Portuguese farm located close to the village of Grandola, in Alentejo. A charming rural complex of 5 cosy units, with individual beds and kitchenette. All rooms have private bathroom and central heating, and open on a large covered porch, ideal for a ‘siesta’ or a bit of afternoon reading.
Day 2 :WILD BEACH COAST (10,4 Km)
Relaxing walk from Praia da Galè along the spectacular coast. Visit of Barrocal and Barrocalinho. Picnic where the explorer Fernão Mendes Pinto was abandoned by french pirates. Tour continues towards 'Praia Aberta Nova', passing the Ribeira das Fontainhas stream along the dune overlooking the beaches. Free time to bath or relax on the beach. Passage through Pinheirão and nice promenade to the Monte Do Vao, along the north side of the Lagoon of Melides, to reach Vigia’s summit and the beach restaurant south of the lagoon to enjoy the gorgeous panorama.
Day 3 :GARUM ROUTE (13,1 Km)
Easy walk from Praia de Troia to the ruins of one of the largest fish salting complexes of the Roman Empire, following the longest European coastline of Grândola. Then south to Comporta Village to enjoy a picnic lunch before to continue towards the Carvahal Beach, passing by the Swamps of Carregueira.
Day 4 :RICE ROUTE (9 Km)
Full day tour starting from the village of Carrasqueira, renowned for its unique pier, the only one built with irregular timber stakes zigzagging into the Sado, ensuring access to fishing boats at low tide. Smooth walk to Comporta for a small break to visit this lovely typical village, before to head south along the floodplain towards Torre village. The first part of the day will end at Torre beach for a nice picnic. After lunch country crossing to discover the rice fields kept green and bounteous by a net of irrigation canals. Visit of a Rice farming and a rice production Museum.
Day 5 :ENVIRONMENTAL CRAFT TOUR
The largest cork forest of the world is the spotlight of the picturesque region of Alentejo. Fertile lands provide half of the world’s total supply! The day start with a 3 hours tour in “Herdade da Ribeira Abaixo” to enjoy it’s rich wildlife and to visit the open cork forest of Montado. Picnic served at 1p.m. in a beautiful meadow before to head back to the farm, where a local artist will invite you to participate to an artistic atelier to learn to work with cork.
Day 6 :DOLPHIN TOUR
Experience a boat trip where the Sado River meets the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Sado estuary, where the only permanent, resident population of bottle nose dolphins live off mainland Portugal and can be observed in their natural habitat. The cruise takes approximately three hours and may be slightly more or less depending on the sea and weather conditions. Free time in the afternoon to enjoy as you please your last day in Alentejo.