6 days
Duration
Évora
Location
Land
Environment
Gastronomy, Crafts, Heritage
Type

Highlights

  • Monte do Serrado de Baixo, your country house
  • Learn with the people who know how
  • A five senses experience, different and funny
  • Excellent for friends and families

Description

Come with us to experience how to do and discover how the landscape, the products, and the traditional arts combine in Alentejo and become unique flavors that you will find at the table. In every season, we offer you different programs with visits, sensorial experiences and tasting the products, observation of the traditional ways of …, and, when possible, join activities such as olives picking, harvest, trodding, planting and picking aromatic herbs, taking the bark from the cork trees or picking honey.

Program

Day 1. Arrival
Day 2. Homemade flavors
Day 3. Arts & Crafts
Day 4. Évora World Site Heritage
Day 5. On our way to Monsaraz
Day 6. Baco’s delights
Day 7. Departure

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Day 1 - Arrival

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Arrival at our country house. Welcome drink.

Monte do Serrado de Baixo is a typical Alentejo house.

It has four rooms, with toilet and central heating, decorated to a theme: the cereal, the cork tree, the olive tree and the wine.

Our dining room, where we serve delicious breakfasts and other meals, open to a perfumed orange orchard. In the living room, you find small library, some games and music. Although there is AC all over the house, nothing replaces the freshness of this room during the summer and the ambience of the fireplace which, in the long winter nights, invites for a glass of a good wine and chatting.

The garden, with grass and the swimming pool, is a leafy and sunny, but with good areas of holm oaks and big olive trees shades.

In the farm lives freely our dogs, a donkey who loves people and a small sheep herd grazing in the meadow with the small lambs, chickens, geese and turkeys. We always have fresh eggs and tasteful products from our organic green garden.

Dinner: Monte do Serrado de Baixo
Accommodation: Monte do Serrado de Baixo
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Day 2 – Homemade flavors

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We start the day with a small walk through our farm, with a mandatory stop at our green garden and orchard to pick the seasonal products that we will cook tonight.

Then we will visit a color and perfumed aromatic herbs farm, tasting its infusions among other products. After a stop for lunch, we will visit a prickly pear cactus plantation and taste some of their different products.

Some more kilometers of landscape after we arrive to a cork transformation center, where we learn the process from taking the cork to the production of the handmade pretty and useful items.

Before arriving home, we still have some time to watch the miracle of old olive trees and taste their organic olive oil, an excellent appetizer for our dinner.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Spring – from the fava garden… and where are the eggs for the asparagus?
Summer – night picking prickly pear and taking the cork
Autumn – picking and preparing the olives: do you want to learn and take home a small jar?
Winter – the art of pruning the centennial olive trees

Lunch: at a regional restaurant
Cooking class and dinner: Monte do Serrado de Baixo
Accommodation: Monte do Serrado de Baixo
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Day 3 - Arts & Crafts

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In the morning, we visit Arraiolos, stopping in the castle and at the Carpets Museum. Although our delicious breakfast, it tastes good a good cup of coffee and a local cake.

After, we continue our trip to Montemor-o-Novo to, in a honey storage, peek the honeycombs, learn with the experts about the organized and productive bees’ life and taste the honey. After lunch, we taste crafted chocolates and, to burn some calories, we walk through the historical centre of Montemor.

To end the day, we visit an estate where a delicious tasting of its cheeses, smoked sausages, jams and liquors is waiting for us.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Spring – the traditional carpets are made point by point
Summer – honey harvest
Autumn – our marmalade recipe
Winter – pick quince fruit!

Lunch: at a regional restaurant
Dinner: Free
Accommodation: Monte do Serrado de Baixo
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Day 4 – Évora World Heritage

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This is a day to explore Évora. With the help of our Flavors Guide, you can do it on your rhythm to know why the historical centre was classified as a World Site Heritage. But also, to find the other side of the heritage: the small traditional shops, the groceries with organic products, pastries and the conventual sweets, the stores with the regional flavors with their collections of wine, olive oil, jam, honey, chocolats… What a temptation. Buy and taste all what you want but do not forget the booked lunch with tasting menu.

Walk through the market with our shopping list before come home.

To end the day, we will cook our dinner and experience a homemade meal made with seasonal products and all the seasons of Alentejo’s gastronomy.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

All seasons – From the farm and from the market to our kitchen, season and fresh flavors at your table!

Lunch: at a regional restaurant
Cooking class and dinner: Monte do Serrado de Baixo
Accommodation: Monte do Serrado de Baixo
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Day 5 – On our way to Monsaraz

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Because this reality exists in Alentejo too, we start the day visiting a modern olive orchard with hundreds of hectare in an intensive and super intensive growth system. We will learn environmental issues of this exploration understand the new trend and taste olive oil.

Keeping our journey, we arrive to one of the most famous wine estates in Alentejo. Here, we have a wonderful couple of hours and a lunch that is a truly gastronomical adventure! In the afternoon, we climb Monsaraz, where we have time to enjoy this medieval beauty, as the majestic landscape to Alqueva, the biggest artificial lake of Europe.

On our way back home, we stop in another regional but modern place: a distillery where gin is produced, the trendy spirit in Alentejo. Visit the interpretative centre doing a sensory experience connected to gin and its tasting.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Spring – season the olive and take a jar with you
Summer – be a potter for a day
Autumn – let’s use a stick to pick the olives? And shred them?
Winter – competition “who find and pick more wild asparagus”

Lunch: at a winery
Dinner: Monte do Serrado de Baixo
Accommodation: Monte do Serrado de Baixo
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Day 6 – Baco’s delights

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Today we go north. Stop at the fortified town of Evoramonte, one of the most fantastic belvederes of Alentejo, and follow to Estremoz area to have a day completely devoted to seasonal activities of wine.

Extra program:
According to the season, we can include a walk through the vineyards, a pruning lesson, joining the harvest and the trodding, tasting the new wine or made a 4 grape varieties wine, since the flavors mix to the label draw. But this winery as not only excellent nectars, but also delicious meals, whatever season is we going to enter the kitchen and, with the chef help, we have a cooking class.

Maximum responsibility: the final product quality, which is our lunch, it is only in your hands! And there is no plan B…

In the end of the day we will explore the beautiful Estremoz, Queen Saint Elizabeth city, where are made the clay dools classified as Immaterial Heritage by UNESCO.

SEASON HIGHLIGHTS

Spring – season the olive and take a jar with you
Summer – be a potter for a day
Autumn – let’s use a stick to pick the olives? And shred them?
Winter – competition “who find and pick more wild asparagus”

Lunch:
Dinner:
Accommodation: Monte do Serrado de Baixo
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Day 7 - Departure

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