Day 1: The meeting point is at Lisbon airport, where you will be provided with all the information about your tour and be given everything you need. The destination is the charming Quinta das Lavandas estate, where you will stay overnight in the biggest organic lavender plantation. The scent will tell you when you are nearly there. You will have time to relax and stroll through the pleasant vegetable gardens, orchards and greenhouses on the estate. Dinner time is a must and you will be welcomed to Portugal with a traditional and authentic gastronomic experience.
Day 2: After a delicious home-made breakfast, the starting point is the picturesque and romantic village of Castelo de Vide. The route starts by following old trails that lead up the Serra de São Mamede mountain range towards the peak of Senhora da Penha (Our Lady of the Rock). The route is stunning, as indeed are the sights that await you in the region. Afterwards, you descend westwards over historical trails and footpaths that wind between charming groves of cork oaks and lead you back to Castelo de Vide.
Day 3: The route starts on the estate itself, from where you will set out for your next getaway, Quinta do Marvão. The trails pass through the São Mamede Natural Park and once connected the two major towns in the region, Castelo de Vide and Marvão. Various animal species inhabit these lovely mountains, home to one of the largest colonies of long-eared bats in Europe. When you can see Marvão from the top of a rock at an altitude of around 800 m, you are nearly at your destination. The path continues through the interior of Serra de São Mamede, bringing you to your next home, the lovely Quinta do Marvão. You will be rewarded with a panoramic view over the mountains and an invitation to enjoy the rare beauty of a landscape where time has stood still.
Day 4: After breakfast, the destination is Marvão. This picture-perfect walled village built on a spectacular 862 m high escarpment facing Spain offers history, charm and dazzling views. The base of the village is reached by a long climb over ancient trails. After a brief descent, you will go around the rocks on which the imposing village of Marvão is built, on some of the most beautiful trails on the mountains. The final ascent is over historical Medieval cobblestones through a fabulous wood of centuries-old cork oaks! Arrival at the summit. Venture through the narrow streets and explore the castle. You will feel privileged to have discovered this little pearl. Afterwards, it is a short descent to Quinta do Marvão.
Day 5: The start of the route is in Galegos, near the border with Spain, and follows historical paths flanked by centuries-old granite walls. You will be amazed at the ancient cork oaks and olive trees you encounter as you approach the beautiful village of Porto de Espada. Legend has it that the name, which translates as Port of the Sword, is linked to the Christian reconquest of the Iberian Peninsula. St. James is reputed to have set up camp here, in a place called Porto, before facing the mountain hordes who wanted to fight. St. James, on his way to encounter the infidels, is said to have routed one hundred thousand with only the glow of his holiness. By drawing his sword, he managed to pass through the hordes and reach the place today known as Porto da Espada, and the battle was effectively won. The locals celebrated this historical miracle by naming the place Porto de Espada. After Porto de Espada, you will pass the Apartadura dam, and finally reach the burgundy tones of the charming Quinta da Dourada.
Day 6: The destination of the route is the peak of Serra de São Mamede, meeting local flora and fauna on the way. The scenery is breathtaking. The viewpoint at the peak of Serra de São Mamede offers unparalleled views of the magical town of Marvão, Castelo de Vide, and the mountain ranges of Gardunha, Talhadas, and Estrela, as well as the beautiful Apartadura Dam and many more beautiful places.
Day 7: After a tasty breakfast it will be difficult to leave, but we hope to welcome you back soon.
Why book with us?
- We are Portuguese and know the hidden corners of our land better than anyone;
- We work with the best experts in the activities provided;
- We take every care when selecting your accommodation.
This tour is self guided so it is up to you to decide your date of departure, we will be here!
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