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Taste the Mediterranean through its Olive Oil and Wine

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Full Day
Availability : Jan 20’ - Dec 20’
Lisbon
Lisbon
Max People : 6

There is no greater love story than the one existing for hundreds of years between Alentejo and Olive Oil. It is seeped through the local history and culture of Alentejo.

For those who want to discover the romantic connection between the Alentejo and its Olive Oil, this is an opportunity you can’t miss!

 

Tour Details

The Olive Oil is the main and distinguishing element of the Mediterranean Diet, recognized by UNESCO as Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2012.

The Olive Oil of Alentejo has been a part of the national identity for ages, with the first references dating back to the time of Christ, and was one of the most appreciated Olive Oils in the capital of the Roman Empire.

The unique climatic conditions extremely favorable to the cultivation of olives, together with the techniques and experience of the workers of Alentejo, gather in strength to produce what has already been considered the best Olive Oil in the world!

Departure & Return Location

Pick up at 9am at hotel in Lisbon.

Drop off at 7pm at hotel in Lisbon.

Price Includes

  • Lunch at a typical restaurant
  • Regional wine tasting
  • Private Tours in a Luxury car or Sedan
  • Professional Driver
  • Mandatory Insurance
  • 24/7 Customer Service
  • All transport at destination

Price Excludes

  • Guide Service Fee
  • Entrances or Tickets not referred
  • Any Private Expenses
  • Meals not referred

Complementaries

  • Umbrella (if necessary)
  • Bottled Water
  • Wifi
What to Expect

After leaving Lisbon, head off to Quinta da Cartuxa, in Évora, Alentejo, and go on a guided tour through the property, by the olive groves and mills, and get to know the entire olive oil production process, followed by a tasting of different olive oils and wines of the Quinta.

Visit the magnificent and historical city of Évora and savour the rich local cuisine.

Before returning to Lisbon, go to the small town of Vila Viçosa, known as the Princess of Alentejo, and considered one of the most precious and charming jewels of Alentejo.

Itinerary

MorningQuinta da Cartuxa

Explore the Quinta da Cartuxa and get the chance to enjoy its unique surroundings and history. The visitor center is in the old refectory of the former retreat of the Jesuit Brothers who taught at the University of Évora in the 16th and 17th-centuries.

With the expulsion of the Jesuits in 1759 by order of the Marquis of Pombal, the property was taken over by the State, and by 1776 it was functioning as an important wine press, taking grapes from across the region. It was then purchased by the Eugenio de Almeida family in the 19th-century, undergoing a number of extensions and improvements over the years, taking care to preserve its rich architectural and historic integrity.

The old cellars are nowadays used to age the wines produced by the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation.

The production of high quality wines and olive oils are the main activities that sustain the other initiatives of social and collective interest of the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation, as well as its complementary activities in the Lagar Cartuxa (Olive Mill) and Cartuxa Wine Tourism.

AfternoonÉvora

Visiting the city of Évora, teeming with history, is like taking a trip to the past. One of the most well preserved medieval towns, the beauty of its charming character and picturesque views will not leave you indifferent.

Recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, its architectural heritage is very diverse, including the Roman Temple of Évora and the Cathedral of Évora, built in the 12th-century.

In the heart of the city of Évora is the headquarters of the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation. Here you can visit the Enoteca Cartuxa, a shop and restaurant, where you can revel in the delights of Cartuxa wines, also available by the glass, and the rich, local cuisine.

Don’t forget to take a look at the Jardim das Casas Pintadas, also a part of the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation.

AfternoonVila Viçosa

As a village that is full stories to tell, the name of Vila Viçosa, meaning “Lush Village”, comes from the fertility of its soils and its many charms. Vila Viçosa is a living testimony of the history of the country, told not only through its many monuments and palaces, but also through its people.

The Ducal Palace of Vila Viçosa is perhaps its most emblematic landmark. Its construction began in the 16th-century, and from then on it became the seat of the Duke of Braganza. In the 17th-century, the it became the holiday home for King João IV and his Royal Family.

This magnificent building in the Mannerist style of architecture, adorned with a fully marbled facade, and with more than 50 rooms open to the public, houses an extensive and notable collections of paintings, sculptures, furniture, tapestry, ceramics and jewelry.

In 1910, with the Proclamation of Republic, Vila Viçosa went into decline, much because of the Republicans’ desire to destroy all vestiges of the Monarchy. In the 1930s, with the exploration of the marbles and the opening of the Ducal Palace to the public, by the will of King Manuel II, Vila Viçosa flourished again.

Vila Viçosa is also famous, within the country and beyond its borders, as the hometown of Florbela Espanca, one of the most illustrious Portuguese poets and authors, as well as a pioneer in the feminist movement in Portugal.

Not forgetting the gastronomic and culinary richness of the region of Alentejo, there will still be time to try some of the delicacies of Vila Viçosa, such as its local sweets and the well-known and appreciated “Tiborbas de Vila Viçosa”.

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