Wine Tour in Évora (Alentejo region - 10h):
“Today we explore the Portuguese countryside – an immersion into a sublime blend of Portuguese culture, history, wine, and gastronomy. Destination: The rustic Alentejo province. The region offers great scenic beauty with its rolling countryside dotted with cork oaks, olive trees and vineyards. Enjoy exceptional wine and food as we explore charming little villages set against the backdrop of medieval castles and monasteries.We explore the Roman legacy at Évora, a Unesco World Heritage Site. This is a wonderful, charming town. The wine made around the town of Evora comes from the famed Alentejo region of Portugal. Among some of the top names are Herdade do Esporao and J. Portugal Ramos. We taste some wines, perhaps buy the occasional wine bottle, and surround ourselves with music and laughter that is typical for the local people as you experience a culture and heritage that makes them truly unique.”
One of my Lisbon Wine Tour (7 Hours):
"Another way to get to know Portugal is by seeing and learning how we make our famed tiles. Today is in part a hands-on day. Tile making is still a living tradition in this region, thanks to the creativity of its craftsmen and the existence of workshops that keep up the ancient tradition of tile manufacture. There are several different places in the district where you can find hand-painted tiles. In Azeitão there is a handicraft shop where people not only sell tiles but actually make them.Here, there is a deliberate attempt to recreate an ancient art that has been rooted in the habits of the Portuguese since the 16th century. Whoever comes here learns about the manufacturing process, the time involved and the patience it takes to make one single such square, and you are invited to paint as well. In the afternoon we can either visit one of the oldest Portuguese wineries or we continue on to Cascais, a cosmopolitan suburb of the Portuguese capital and one of the richest municipalities in Portugal. The former fishing village gained fame as a resort for Portugal's royal family in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Nowadays it is a popular vacation spot for both Portuguese and foreign tourists. Or we visit Estoril, a seaside resort with its famous casino, Casino Estoril. Estoril was the residence of Juan de Borbón, pretender to the Spanish throne during the last part of the 20th century. Estoril used to be a significant fishing port.”
Walking Tour in Lisbon with Portuguese Tapas (6 Hours):
On this private guided walking tour you will be able to sample a small taste of what this region has to offer.Visit the sites destroyed by the earthquake in 1755 destroyed Lisbon and see the ones which survived. The mega-earthquake of 1755 and the tidal wave that followed had devastating effects, resulting in enormous material and human losses. The destruction of the city's buildings led to an unprecedented reconstruction program and created an opportunity for the development of new solutions, not only at the level of architecture and civil engineering, but also in the field of town planning. Highlights include Alfama, Praca do Comercio, St Jorge Castle, Rossio, Chiado, Bairro Alto.
Tapas means "cover". Portugal is famous for its fish and shellfish, and a Tapas bar is a great place to sample the array. Fried fish, from tiny fresh anchovies and rings of tender squid, to chunks of fresh hake and batter-dipped prawns are waiting to entice you.The selection of shellfish will astound you. Clams and razorshells, mussels, prawns ranging in size from tiny to jumbo, crab, lobster and more. There will be a variety of hot dishes. Some are cooked to order, such as prawns pil pil, sizzled with garlic and oil or garlicky grilled pork loin, while others are dished out of a bubbling stew-pot. You can savor meatballs in almond sauce, kidneys in Sherry sauce, sauteed mushrooms, chicken fried al ajillo, with garlic; lamb stew; broad beans with ham; piquant tripe, spicy snails, and, of course, tortilla, a thick round potato omelette. Crisp-fried fritters and croquettes are other great Tapas of Andalusia, which produces the world's finest olive oil. Due to the large array available and to allow you to make the most of your Tapas experience, the Tapas is not included in the tour cost and you will order your choices at the restaurant.
Jewish Traces Lisbon Tour (4 Hours or 7 Hours)
We will visit Shaare Tiekwa (Close on Friday afternoon, Saturday and Sunday), built by donations of the Lisbon Jewish colony in 1904, whose architect was Ventura Terra. The facade shows a mixture of several motives from different styles, with ten high fists with stained glass windows. At the interior paintings from Veloso Salgado can be seen as well as a magnificent silver lamp by Cristofanetti. Following to Rossio we will cross Marquês de Pombal Square. Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, the Marquis of Pombal as the name shows, himself from Jewish origin. It was under his government as Prime Minister of the King Joseph I, from 1750-1777, and by decree, that the distinction between New Christians and Old Christians finished. In Rossio, one of the main spots of the Holy Office headquarters in Lisbon, and the place where the condemned by the Inquisition were burned. We finish our tour in Alfama, crossing Praça de Comércio (short stop to admire the square, this was also a place used by the Inquisition for their public activities), one of Lisbon's oldest quarters into Rua da Judiaria in the Old Jewish Quarter, with its narrow cobbled streets.
In this tour you will become acquainted to:
- The Jewish districts of the City
- Sephardi Synagogue
- Their commercial relevance in the maritime trade
- Forced conversion to Christianism
- The Pessah massacre
- Establishment of the Inquisition
- The secret treaty to rehabilitate the "new Christians".
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