Welcome to The Beiras

The headline act is Coimbra, a cultured city renowned for its historic university. To the west, the Atlantic crashes in on wild sandy beaches, luring surfers and sunseekers to resorts such as high-rise Figueira da Foz.

Move inland and the crowds thin as the landscape becomes increasingly dramatic. Stoical schist villages cling to wooded slopes, while winding roads snake up Portugal’s highest mountains in the Serra de Estrela. Below, vineyards flourish in the lush Dão valley.

Continue east and you'll come to the far-flung borderlands. Few people venture this far, but make the effort and you’ll discover a strange, almost otherworldly area of sun-browned plains, medieval castles and hilltop fortress towns.

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$51.38 Tours & Sightseeing

Alentejo Cork Forest and Cork Farm with Lunch

Having booked the morning or afternoon departure, meet your local driver at the Museu do Vinho de Redondo and travel to the farmhouse estate in the Alentejo. For six generations the Mollet family has made a living on their 1,400 acre estate by sustainably managing cork forests, rearing sheep, and making fine wine. Upon arrival, meet your guide, a local archaeologist and conservationist. Start with a cup of tea, coffee, or a cool refreshment then head out on a  5-kilometer (3.1-mile) walk into the deepest parts of the cork forest, across rolling hills and through cork forests, olive groves, and vineyards in a landscape occasionally broken by a medieval fortress or an abandoned chapel. During your walk your guide explains everything you need to know about the cork trees and the cork cycle (cork stripping, storage, and manufacturing). Also learn about local fauna and flora, and all of the farm activities including honey production, vineyard wine production, Iberian pig fattening, and harvesting olive groves.With luck, you might come across an Egyptian mongoose, bustards, wild boars, hoopoes, bee-eaters, and booted eagles.Later, head to the farmhouse and visit the shop where you can find the finest products the estate has to offer (cork handicrafts, biologic olives and olive oil, honey and, of course, wine). Lastly, enjoy a traditional cork stripper's three-course meal in a quiet family run restaurant.Your tour concludes with a drop-off back at the Museu do Vinho de Redondo.

$51.38 Kid Friendly

Cork Forest Safari

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Corktrekking, Redondo, Evora District, AlentejoThe farm you will visit is a paradise for walkers, ramblers and wine lovers. Imagine exploring this world of rolling hills, cork forests, olive groves and vineyards in a landscape occasionally broken by a medieval fortress or an abandoned chapel.For six generations, the family owners have made a living on the 1,400 acre estate in the Alentejo by sustainably managing cork forests, rearing sheep and making fine wines. You're invited you to join to share the joy of their lives and see the beauty of the surrounding countryside.Nature-lovers and birdwatchers will not be disappointed. With luck, you might see or come across an Egyptian mongoose, a bustard, a wild boar, a hoopoe, a bee-eater, a booted eagle or many more species.On arrival you will be introduced to your guide who is a local archaeologist and conservationist. Start with a nice cup of coffee or cool refreshment. Then your guide will take you on a beautiful 2-hour Jeep tour into the deepest parts of the cork forest. During your tour/safari he will explain to you everything about the cork trees, cork cycle (cork stripping, cork storage, cork manufacturing). You will also learn about local fauna and flora, honey production, vineyards, Iberian pig fattening, olive groves and all the farm activities. When you return to the farmhouse and visit the shop where you can find the finest products it has to offer (cork handicraft, biologic olives and olive oil, honey and of course their wines). Later, have a cork stripper's traditional three-course meal in a quiet family-run restaurant. After this, it will be time to go home, but with the best memories of the Alentejo.Duration: 2 hours

$14.84 Tours & Sightseeing

Coimbra Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Enjoy the enchanted and fantastic city of Coimbra, the first capital of Portugal for 200 years during the reigns of the earliest monarchs, on an open-top double-decker bus which takes you to the most beautiful locations, the most striking look-out points and the top historical sites.  Feel the academic environment of the city that houses one of the oldest universities in the world. The tour takes one hour and includes an audio guide which will provide you with the best and most accurate information about the city, its history and traditions. Pass through some of the most important points of interest in Coimbra: House Museum Bissaya Barreto, Santa Cruz Monastery, Mermaid Garden, Coimbr's Old Cathedral and University of Coimbra!

$63.98 Private & Custom Tours

Fátima Half-Day Private Tour

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Lisbon/Sintra/Cascais and take you on your journey to learn about Portuguese faith and history. We stop at Fátima, the world-famous pilgrimage site. Here you will learn all about the appearance of “Our Holy Lady of Fátima”, who appeared to three Sheppard Children in 1917. It is home of the basilica where all three are buried today.Upon arrival we'll take around the Holy City, explaining each and every monument as well as the ins and outs of the pilgrimage site. This includes a tour around the main basilica.At 11am you get to participate in the morning mass that happens every day in the main basilica. Afterwards you may  choose to return to Lisbon or have lunch in Fátima before going home. Should you choose the afternoon option, after dinner, you get to see/participate in the Fátima Candle Procession. It happens only between March and October, from 9pm-11pm.

$22.83 Cultural & Theme Tours

Coimbra Walking Tour

Duration: 3 hours 09:45AM / 02:45PM - Meet at the place arranged. 10:00AM / 03:00PM - Visit the following places: • Universidade de Coimbra • Porta Férrea • Faculdade de Direito • Biblioteca Joanina (ticket to enter contact us after reservation) • Sé Nova • Uptown • Downtown • Largo da Portagem • Rua Ferreira Borges • Quebra-costas • Arco de Almedina • Igreja de Santiago • igreja de Santa Cruz • Jardim Botânico • Torre de Anto • Avenida Sá da Bandeira • Academic Dresses Official Store Price includes: • guide - our guide will acompany you throughout the tour, so that you can get the local feeling and recommendations; • tours and travels; • photo report - as you go around, getting to know all these amazing places, we'll take pictures of you so that you can keep for memory. After the tour we'll send them by e-mail; • all insurance and licenses necessary for the activity.

$81.23 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full Day Tour Alentejo - Évora City

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Templo Romano de Evora (Templo de Diana), Evora, Evora District, AlentejoAlthough the Roman temple of Évora is sometimes called Temple of Diana, it is known that the association with the Roman goddess of the hunt originated from a legend created in century XVII. In fact, the temple was probably built in honor of the emperor Augustus, who was venerated as a god during and after his reign. The temple was built in the first century AD in the main square (forum) of Évora - then called Liberalitas Julia - and modified in the second and third centuries. Evora was invaded by the Germanic peoples in the fifth century, and it was at this time that the temple was destroyed; nowadays, its ruins are the only vestiges of the Roman forum in the city.Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Cathedral of Evora (Se Catedral de Evora), Evora, Evora District, AlentejoBasilica Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption, better known as the Cathedral of Évora, or simply Sé de Évora, although begun in 1186 and consecrated in 1204, this cathedral of granite was only completed in 1250. It is a monument marked by the transition of the Romanesque style to the Gothic, marked by three majestic ships. In the 15th and 16th centuries, the cathedral received major improvements, dating from that time to the choir, pulpit, baptistery and arch of the chapel of Nossa Senhora da Piedade, also known as Esporão Chapel, a rare example of Plateresque hybrid architecture, dating from 1529. From the Baroque period date some gold-toned altarpieces and other occasional improvements in the sumptuous decorations. Still in the 18th century the cathedral was enriched with the construction of the new main chapel, sponsored by King D. João V, where the exuberance of the marbles was wisely combined with the Roman-Gothic austerity of the temple. In 1930, at the request of the Archbishop of Évora, Pope Pius XI granted the Cathedral the title of Smaller Basilica.Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Igreja de Sao Francisco, Evora, Evora District, AlentejoAccording to tradition, the Convent of St. Francis of Evora was the first house of the Franciscan Order in Portugal, having been founded in the 13th century. According to the canons of the Rule of St. Francis, the early monastic church had three naves, with chapels communicating with each other. In this primitive building there were several important ceremonies, such as the marriage of D. Pedro I with D. Constança Manuel. From this period there remain a few vestiges, as attested by the cracks that line the main porch. The church would be remodeled at the end of the fifteenth century, having built the magnificent temple that today subsists and which is one of the most impressive Portuguese churches. Respecting the original limits, the three ships were replaced by the single subsisting nave, covered by the bold gothic-Manueline vault that reaches twenty-four meters high. The Convent of St. Francis then lived its golden moments, when the court of King Afonso V began to settle in the convent space during his stays in Évora. In this way, the church of San Francisco was elevated to the category of Royal Chapel, hence the multiple royal emblems of D. João II and D. Manuel I. At this time, the monastery received the title of Convent of Gold, such as the wealth with which the Royal Family decorated it.In these years of splendor (which in some way contradicted the Franciscan spirituality (of poverty and simplicity), a less glorious period followed, accentuated by the loss of independence (in 1580). In the eighteenth century, several altarpieces of gold and marble carvings were built (most of them subsidized by the granaries of the respective chapels, where they had a private burial place).Duration: 1 hourStop At: Capela dos Ossos, Evora, Evora District, AlentejoChapel of bonesBones ChapelGothic StyleBeginning of the building Seventeenth centuryReligion ChristianityWebsite igrejadesaofrancisco.ptGeographyCountry Portugal PortugalRegion AlentejoCreate alertVision of the Interior WallsThe Bones Chapel is one of the most famous monuments in Évora, Portugal. It is located in the Church of San Francisco. It was built in the 17th century on the initiative of three Franciscan monks who, in the spirit of the time (religious counterrevolution, according to the norms of the Council of Trent), intended to convey the message of the transience of life, as can be seen from the famous warning at the entrance: "We bones here we are waiting for you." Besides the spiritual question, there was also a physical question, which is; there were in the region of Évora forty-two monastic cemeteries that were occupying too much space and strategic places that many intended to use for other purposes. Thus, they decided to remove the skeletons of the earth and to use them to construct and to decorate the chapel.The chapel, built on the site of the primitive brotherhood dormitory is formed by 3 naves of 18.70 m in length and 11m in width, entering the light by three small cracks of the left side.Its walls and eight pillars are "decorated" with bones and skulls connected by brown cement. The vaults are brick-plastered in white, painted with allegorical motifs to death. It is a monument of a penitential architecture of arches ornamented with rows of skulls, cornices and white ships. It has been calculated around five thousand bones, among skulls, vertebrae, femurs and others, coming from cemeteries, located in churches and convents of the city, and which were connected with brown cement and are arranged by the walls, ceiling, columns and even outside . There are still two whole skeletons hanging by chains on one of the walls, one of which is that of a child.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Bacalhoa Vinhos de Portugal, Vila Nogueira de Azeitao, Setubal District, AlentejoBacalhôa Wines of Portugal is a Portuguese winery founded in 1922 under the name of João Pires & Filhos. In 1998 the control of the company was bought by José Berardo, who acquired new properties and entered into a partnership agreement with the Lafitte Rothschild group. In 2008 the Lafitte Rothschild Group acquired a stake in the company, which acquired more properties and a majority stake in the Aliança winery. Its headquarters are located in the historic Quinta da Bacalhoa.Currently Bacalhôa produces in all the main Portuguese wine regions, namely, Alentejo, Setúbal Peninsula, Lisbon, Bairrada, Dão and Douro.With proof of three wines, white, red and moscatel with guide of the cellarDuration: 1 hour

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