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Private Tour: Elvas and Badajoz (Spain) day trip from Lisbon

For those who are in Lisbon, we designed a magnificent Tour to discover the emblematic city of Elvas and Badajoz (Spain). A visit to Elvas is a mandatory destination to add to your list of places to visit in Alentejo. and the frontier with Spain - BadajozAt 8 AM, our private tour guide will pick you up at your Hotel and will drive you to Elvas where we will arrive at 10:30AM after a stop to relax and take a drink or eat. In your arrival at Elvas, your driver/guide will lead you to the city’s main sites like Roman Catholic Diocese of Elvas and the two forts of Santa Luzia and Nossa Senhora da Graça.Elvas city it was wrested from the Moors by Afonso I of Portugal in 1166 but was temporarily recaptured before its final occupation by the Portuguese in 1226. In 1570 it became an episcopal see, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Elvas, until 1818. Its late Gothic cathedral, which has also many traces of Moorish influence in its architecture, dates from the reign of Manuel I of Portugal (1495–1521).It is defended by seven bastions and the two forts of Santa Luzia and Nossa Senhora da Graça. From 1642 until modern times it was the chief frontier fortress south of the Tagus, which withstood sieges by the Spanish in 1659, 1711 and 1801. Elvas was the site of the Battle of the Lines of Elvas in 1659, during which the garrison and citizens of the city assisted in the rout of a Spanish Army. TThe fortress of Campo Maior 15 kilometers (9.3 mi) to the northeast are known for its Napoleonic era siege by the French and relief by the British under Marshal Beresford in 1811, an exploit commemorated in a ballad by Sir Walter Scott. The Garrison Border Town of Elvas and its Fortifications were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2012Lunchtime at 1PM (included in the tour price) at Elvas City. Enjoy dishes of excellent regional cooking, with good-value, high-quality açorda (a kind of bread soup), lashings of Plumas de porco preto (pork), shellfish and all kinds and bacalhau (codfish).After we will have time to visit Badajoz downtown, Puente de Palmasand the Fuerte de San Cristobal and the Alcazaba, or fortress, that was the origin of the city, the dwelling of the Kings of the Taifa Kingdom and the defensive structure which made Badajoz a strategic fort to control the area's historical borders.At 4:00PM is time to back to Lisbon with a stop drive at Evora to see the Praça do Giraldo that is the main central plaza of Evora and is the heart of the city. The square is lined with exquisite examples of 16th century Gothic architecture, while the simplistic Igreja de Santo Antao stands at one end of the square.The arriving in Lisbon will be around 6PM Enjoy an experience that will leave lasting memories and the desire to return to discover more!

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Monsaraz a Private Tour from Lisbon to the graceful medieval village with a traditional Lunch and Wine Tasting

Departure time 8:30 AM at your Hotel. After a brief introduction to your guide, leave Lisbon and relax in a comfortable coach as you head to Monsaraz. In this private tour, we leave Lisbon towards the Alentejo Region and arrive at Monsaraz one of the oldest and most charming village of Portugal, with over 2000 years of history.Monsaraz shows signs of having been a fortified settlement during prehistoric times. It has always had strong military and religious influences, impeccably preserving time until these days.The privileged location of this small village, located on the top of the hill and then with a view over the river Guadiana and the frontier with Spain, made it highly coveted by the peoples which disputed it. Once called Saris or Sarish, Monsaraz was taken from the Muslims by Geraldo Sem Pavor (Fearless Geraldo), in 1167, in a military incursion departing from Evora.After a later defeat which occurred in Badajoz, Spain, King Afonso Henriques again lost control of Monsaraz to the Moors. However, in 1232, King Sancho II recovered it once and for all. With the help and support of the Templars, to whom he finally donates the beautiful Alentejo village. The marks left by the Templar Order, later Order of Christ, still live among the castle walls. At your leisure, break for lunch at a local restaurant (included in the price). Alentejo restaurants near Monsaraz are the ideal place for visitors to be introduced to Alentejo gastronomy. In this region, it is well-known, the cuisine is a must. The reason is simple: delicious ingredients from Alentejo together with the wise hands of the people who have lived here for generations. Alentejo tradicional cuisine has, as a base, the unavoidable pork, lamb and bread (but you can choose ohers meals) . Enjoy some free time to taste a regional sweet.  The most immediate visual impression in the town is that of the whitewash and schist of its houses and buildings.  As far as the town's architectural heritage is concerned, the highlights are the mediaeval castle and keep, the former court building (built between the fourteenth and the sixteenth centuries) and the parish church of Nossa Senhora da Lagoa (dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries). With unique climatic conditions, the vineyards of the region produce some of the best Portuguese wines and so take you to a farm where you will taste the best the Alentejo has to offer. On our way back to Lisbon we will stop in Arraiolos with its magnificent castle wall and the ancient tradition of the famous carpets of Arraiolos. You can see firsthand how they are manually produced and maybe bring a souvenir Time arrival at 6 PM