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Alentejo: Cork Forest Safari with Optional Lunch

1. Alentejo: Cork Forest Safari with Optional Lunch

The farm you will visit is a paradise for walkers, ramblers, and wine lovers. Imagine exploring this world of rolling hills, cork forests, olive groves, and vineyards in a landscape occasionally broken by a medieval fortress or an abandoned chapel. For six generations, the family owners have made a living on the 1,400-acre estate in the Alentejo by sustainably managing cork forests, rearing sheep, and making fine wines. You're invited to share the joy of their lives and see the beauty of the surrounding countryside. Nature-lovers and birdwatchers will not be disappointed. With luck, you might see or come across an Egyptian mongoose, a bustard, a wild boar,  a hoopoe, a bee-eater, a booted eagle, or many more species. On arrival, you will be introduced to your guide. Start with a nice cup of tea, coffee, or cool refreshment. Then your guide will take you on a beautiful 2-hour Jeep tour into the deepest parts of the cork forest. During your tour/safari, he will explain to you everything about the cork trees, cork cycle (cork stripping, cork storage, cork manufacturing). You will also learn about local fauna and flora, honey production, vineyards, Iberian pig fattening, olive groves, and all the farm activities. When you return to the winery, visit the shop where you can find the finest products including cork handicrafts, biological olives and olive oil, honey, and of course their wines. Later, have a cork stripper's traditional three-course meal in a quiet family-run restaurant. After this, it will be time to go home with the best memories of the Alentejo.

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Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Wonderful immersion into rural Portugal. Our guide, Antonio, was tremendous. Knowledgeable about the land and cork growing, the trees, the souls, the problems, the processing, and the history. He also explained the farming of grapes, and how fabulously used, but not abused the land is. Bees, pigs, cows, assist the farmer, pine nuts and acorns as well as grapes and cork are grown on the land. Such a great tour. Highly recommend

The guide was very friendly. The tour in the open Landrover Defender felt like a little adventure. Through the cork oak forests and finally to the vines. Tour lasted about 2.5 hours, afterwards we went to the restaurant in the village (very tasty).

Gostamos do passeio. Recomendamos. Para quem quiser saber mais sobre a nossa viagem, acesse o canal Vamu Ver! no YouTube com as nossas dicas.

Antonio very knowledgable, beautiful scenery and great lunch; well worth the price.

Fantastic and informative trip.

Jose was an amazing guide. He gave us lots of knowlege about many things.