IMERSÃO TOTAL NO VALE DO GUADIANA

Caminhar no Parque Natural do Vale do Guadiana acompanhado por vários guias locais será um prazer, especialmente na primavera quando o Alentejo se encontra repleto de flores.

Durante esta semana de caminhadas inesquecíveis poderá observar os ecossistemas mais emblemáticos da região assim como visitar diversos produtores biológicos e degustar os seus produtos (vinho, queijo, presunto, óleos essenciais, etc...).

Uma visita guiada a Mértola e aos vários museus, combina património histórico e arqueológico. Esta preciosa vila pitoresca é considerada a mais importante no seu género, encontrando-se a preparar a candidatura ao Património Mundial da UNESCO.

 

PROGRAM

Day 1 ARRIVAL at Faro Airport with transfer to Ecoland.

Day 2 SMUGGLING 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 cheese factory in Corte Gafo de Cima.

Day 3 WHITE FIELD 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.

Day 4 OLD MINE OF SÃO DOMINGOS 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 railway 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).

Day 5 PULO DO LOBO and MÉRTOLA 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). Visit Mértola during the afternoon, the town’s museum and its history from roman and islamic period.

Day 6 BETWEEN MOUNTAINS 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).

Day 7 BOMBEIRA 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. 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).

Day 8 DEPARTURE from Ecoland with tranfer to Faro Airport.

DATAS DE PRIMAVERA
13.03 - 20.03.2021
27.03 - 03.04.2021
10.04 - 17.04.2021
24.04 - 01.05.2021

DATAS DE OUTONO
09.10 - 16.10.2021
23.10 - 30.10.2021
06.11 - 13.11.2021
20.11 - 27.11.2021

VIAGEM EM GRUPO

Incluído no preço: 7 noites no alojamento Ecoland Casa de Campo, pequeno-almoço, pique-nique e jantares (opção vegetariana disponível mediante reserva) durante toda a estadia, seguro, informação turística sobre a região, transferes de e para o Aeroporto de Faro, transferes durante a estadia e guias locais durante as caminhadas. Entradas nos Museus de Mértola e experiências (provas de vinho, etc...).  Suplemento em quanto single:105€.

Não incluído no preço: Bilhete de avião e outras despesas pessoais.

Numero de participantes: mínimo 2, máximo 6.

Preço: 1.215€/pax

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VIAGEM INDIVIDUAL

Incluído no preço: 7 noites no alojamento Ecoland Casa de Campo, pequeno-almoço, 4 jantares (opção vegetariana disponível mediante reserva), documentação sobre as caminhadas. Entradas nos Museus de Mértola e experiências (provas de vinho, etc...).  Suplemento em quanto single105€. 

Não incluído no preço: Bilhete de avião e outras despesas pessoais, transferes de e para o Aeroporto, transferes durante a estadia, jantares e guia local.

Numero de participantes: mínimo 2, máximo 6.

Preço: 625€/pax

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