1. Cork Safari in a Classic Land Rover 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 Joana. Start with a nice cup of tea, coffee, or cool refreshment. Then your guide will take you on a beautiful 2-hour Jeep tour in a Classic Land Rover into the deepest parts of the cork forest. During your tour, she 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, 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, olive oil, 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.