hiking natural park
Vale do Guadiana

7 nights program

From 625€

Discovering the Natural Park on foot with a local guide will be an unmistakable experience. This region is especially pleasant in spring and autumn to do long walks through the natural park. The wildest corners will be presented by the hand of a local guide who will make you discover the region.

Technical information

Groupe Program – during all walks you will be accompanied by a local guide or Individual Travel – During the walks you are not accompanied by a local guide, however you will have all the information to be able to enjoy the walks without difficulty.

The level of difficulty of the walks throughout the program is medium, but good physical preparation is necessary to perform long walks (5h – 6h of walking per day).

The walks last from 3 to 6 hours of daily walking, with little slope.

The walks vary between 11 km and 19 km daily.

Schedule

Arrival at Faro Airport with transfer to Ecoland. Briefing of the program on arrival.

The first hiking day will start near Ecoland in Corte Gafo de Baixo, wich was also a starting point in the smugglers route during the spanish civil war, up until 1960’s. Walkink to Brava’s watermill, where smugglers crossed the river, will provide a glimpse of how life was in Alentejo at that time. After a small break near the water, follow the path until Canais’s watermill. On the way pass through a huge area with green oaks, called Montado. Near the river, vegetation will be denser and diverse with typical mediterranean shrubs, combining diferent species of aromatic and medicinal plants (15km – 5hrs). After the hike, visit a jam factory in Corte Gafo de Cima: Myrtilis Gourmet.

The route starts in Azinhal, wich is built in an area of extensive cereal growing flat land extended throughout most of the neighbouring district of Castro Verde – also named Campo Branco (White Field) due to its colour. Given its characteristics, the area is home to one of the most important European comunities of land birds. The existing Montado extends itself to Monte da Balança, so called due to its former links to weightning ore. The track continues to Corte Pequena, Monte do Peso and then, Monte Barbeiro (11km – 3hrs). Wine tasting will take place during the afternoon at Herdade dos Lagos.

This day will be a travel back in time. During the 19th century the English mining company “Sabina” built, through extraordinary hardship, an incredibly picturesque trailway track from Mina São Domingos to Pomarão, to transport the sulphur they extracted. This trail, spiced with a pinch of adventure, leads through typical Alentejo villages along the old railway tracks, and through dark tunnels until the last quay to England is reached (17 km; 5 hrs). Malhadinha visit.

The route is marked by an ancient landmark in this territory’s history: Antas das Pias dolmen. Back on track, the route reveals Guadiana river at its bottom. Continue towards the ruin of the old miller’s house and his watermill named Escalda. On the way to Pulo do Lobo, the route becomes narrow among dense vegetation, caracteristic of mediterranean region. As Pulo do Lobo approches, the ground becomes more rugged and walking is a greater challenge (6 km; 3 ½ hours). During the afternoon you will visit Mértola the town’s museum and its history from roman and islamic period and also Visit to an essential oils producer: d’Alenguadiana..

As inspiration for the day, climb S. Barão’s hill where a magnificent church is design. Back on trail, follow the guide for a nice descent to the valley of Alvacar’s stream. Until Alcaria’s hill, this stream will be crossed several times, giving the trail some adventure. During the path to Corte da Velha be soaked by the wavy landscape carpented with wild flowers (18km -6hrs).

The hike starts in Poço dos Dois Irmãos, and will go to Guadiana river and its banks. Near the vineyards climb to the top of the hill and enjoy the valley’s panoramic view. The hike continues to Lombardos and Roncão where a visit to a producer of organic prickly pear will take place – Herdade Vale do Guadiana . The route ends on a pituresque restaurant next to Guadiana river, with typical portuguese tapas tasting. Get back to Mértola on a golden sunset boat trip (19 km – 6 hrs).

Departure from Ecoland with tranfer to Faro Airport.

Price: 625€ (Individual traveling)

included

7-night stay at Ecoland with breakfast included in a double or twin room for two people.

4 Gourmet dinner for two at Ecoland  with a choice of menus: vegetarian, traditional or Moroccan.

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Museum of Islamic Art, Castle of Mértola and Alcáçova do Castelo.

Your stay is covered by personal accident and civil liability insurance.

Not included:

7-night stay at Ecoland with breakfast included in a double or twin room for two people.

Gourmet dinner for two at Ecoland  with a choice of menus: vegetarian, traditional or Moroccan.

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Price: 1.215€ (Groupe traveling)

included:

7-night stay at Ecoland with breakfast included in a double or twin room for two people.

All dinners and picnics are included except the day off.

Throughout the week, you will be accompanied by a local guide who will take you to know the Guadiana Valley Natural Park.

Museum of Islamic Art, Castle of Mértola and Alcáçova do Castelo.

Your stay is covered by personal accident and civil liability insurance.

Transfer to and from Faro/Lisbon Airport will be available.

Not included:

3-night stay at Ecoland with breakfast included in a double or twin room for two people.

Gourmet dinner for two at Ecoland  with a choice of menus: vegetarian, traditional or Moroccan.

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Thank you in advance for your interest in our hiking program! Please fill in the booking form. You will then be contacted via email with the booking confirmation and our bank details to make the payment for the first night. If you have any questions please contact us.

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