Welcome to The Beiras

Along the Atlantic, the Beira Litoral lures surfers and sunseekers with scores of sandy beaches. Here, the sophisticated university city of Coimbra and the brash casino-party town of Figueira da Foz arm-wrestle for visitors’ attention.

Move inland to the Beira Alta highlands and the mood shifts entirely. Stoic stone villages cling to the slopes of Portugal’s highest mountains – the Serra da Estrela – and cast their gaze down at the fertile wine country of the Dão valley.

East of the mountains, in the hypnotically beautiful Beira Baixa, vast expanses of olive and cork-oak forest spread across a hotter, lonelier landscape. Here, surveying the borderlands from the ramparts of nearly abandoned medieval fortress-towns, you'll feel centuries away from the coast you just left behind.

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The Beiras activities

$52.06 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.

$52.06 Tours & Sightseeing

2-Hour Landrover Tour of the Alentejo Cork Forest

The 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 tea/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.

$14.98 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!

$63.37 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.

$23.04 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 CoimbraPorta FérreaFaculdade de DireitoBiblioteca JoaninaSé NovaUptownDowntownLargo da PortagemRua Ferreira BorgesQuebra-costasArco de AlmedinaIgreja de Santiagoigreja de Santa CruzJardim BotânicoTorre de AntoAvenida Sá da BandeiraAcademic Dresses Official Store 12:30PM / 05:30PM - Wine tasting Price includes: guides - our guides will acompany you throughout the tour, so that you can get the local feeling and recommendations;tours and travels - all tours and travels to the designated places are included;wine tasting - great view right? let's open a bottle then. time to make it even more special;water - how can we forget the most important thing in life? let's keep you hydrated;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 Wetransfer;all insurance and licenses necessary for the activity.

$56.69 Cultural & Theme Tours

Historical and Religious Tour: Alcobaca, Batalha and Fatima

Depart from S. Martinho do Porto and begin your full-day tour. Please see below details of the itinerary: AlcobaçaVisit to the Cistercian Monastery of Alcobaca, classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the first Portuguese monument completely built according to the Gothic style. See the magnificent 14th century tombs of King Pedro I and Lady Ines de Castro, the Portuguese royal couple whose tragic love story has deeply moved the world for centuries and has inspired the works of many artists.BatalhaVisit to the 14th century Monastery of Santa Maria da Vitoria (Holy Mary of Victory) a gothic work of art. The monastery was built to celebrate the victory of the Portuguese army over the Castilians in Aljubarrota, a battle that consolidated Portugal’s independence. The monastery was built as a fulfillment of a vow made by King John the 1st of Portugal who asked for the protection and the favor of Virgin Mary during the battle. The monument was classified as a World Heritage site by UNESCO.Fátima The Santuario de Fátima (Fatima’s Sanctuary), located at Cova da Iria, in Fátima, is one of the world’s most important Marian sanctuaries and it is the annual destination for several hundred thousands of Catholic pilgrims and tourists from all over the world. The Sanctuary celebrates the events related to the three little shepherds: Lúcia and her cousins Jacinta and Francisco Marto, who, in 1917, on the 13th May, witnessed the first apparition of Our Lady of Fatima while they were pasturing their flock of sheep at Cova da Iria.You will some free time to have lunch (not included) and to attend a mass. Visit the small villages of Aljustrel and Valinhos, where the three little shepherds were born.

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