This private tour day trip from Lisbon takes you to the Monsaraz in the Alentejo region of Portugal and affords a rewarding 9 hours. Monsaraz has been inhabited since prehistoric times as the Celts, Romans, Visigoths and Moors each took full advantage of the hill's defensive potential. Regained from the Moors in 1167, the town was handed over to the Knights Templar before King Dinis added the castle and fortified walls in the 14th century. Monsaraz parish church, houses an ornate marble tomb dating from the 13th century and the religious museum containing a 14th-century fresco of a judge being simultaneously tempted by the devil and encouraged by the majestic justice of Christ. A number of interesting prehistoric sites exist, including the spectacular Menhir of Outeiro which stands almost 6 metres tall. With its trademark gastronomy and amazing wine Monsaraz. Private tour also includes pick-up (8:30am)/drop-off (6:00pm), wine tasting and lunch.
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