FRESCO ROUTE MONTADO ROUTE Factories Programme Wine Programme SHADES OF MARBLE ROUTE PICA-CHOURIÃ‡OS ROUTE HANDS ON WORKSHOPS
Compadre s is the re sult of Spira’s 18 ye ar-long e xpe rie nce in conce iving, se tting-up and imple me nting cultural tourism route s: Spira cre ate d Portugal’s first e ve r cultural tourism route , the Fre sco Route , in 1998 and has run it since . It cre ate d a furthe r thre e route s de vote d to the natural (Montado Route ), immate rial (Picachouriços Route ) and industrial (Shade s of Marble Route ) he ritage . Compadre s is the umbre lla brand that congre gate s all 4 route s manage d by Spira and mostly ge are d towards groups. Simultane ously, organize d Compadre s is a platform that allows any individual to book tours to the he ritage that is part of the Spira route s with all the e ase and usability of an optimize d mobile -platform as we ll as we b-base d platform. Ale nte jo’s he ritage is now acce ssible to all through Compadre s; a land with all its
aspects – cultural, natural, industrial, culinary with additional annual planning including all of Alentejo’s traditional festivities, pilgrimages and experiences. Compadres invites all to allow themselves to be carried away by Alentejo’s culture.
FRESCO ROUTE First Cultural Touring Route in our country, the Fresco Route joins 15 municipalities in Alentejo: Alvito, Cuba, Vidigueira, Viana do Alentejo, Portel, Évora, Montemor-o-Novo, Borba, Vila Viçosa, Alandroal, Serpa, Moura, Beja, Castro Verde and Aljustrel. The Fresco Route invites you to discover Alentejo’s hidden treasure – fresco mural paintings – kept, for many concrete reasons directly connected to the develop-ment of this territory – in most churches and chapels in the area. The Fresco Route is a unique opportunity to cross these usually-closed gates and behold some-times pristine 500-year-old paintings in all-but-forgotten monuments. These tours can last from 1/2 day to 4 days and are available all year round. You can also take a seasonal Fresco Painting Workshop, as well as a workshop on whitewash-ing.
All tours are accompanied by a Heritage interpreter with special training in Alentejo’s mural painting and culture.
Find out more in www.rotadofresco.com
PROGRAMME 9 COUNCILS, 4 DAYS DAY 1 Alvito and Vidigueira Fresco Route 10:30 In Vila Nova da Baronia, tour the S. Neutel Chapel.
water, wine and coffee. 15:30 Tour the Roman ruins and S. Cucufate Sanctuary. 17:30 A tour of regional products: D. Joana’s bakery we find the “cabeça” bread, the “Ss” and the magnificent “pupias”...
11:15 Alvito Manueline Fresco Route: the best of Alentejo in a pedestrian tour of Alvito...
And on to Beja, where we drop anchor at the Hotel and finish off the day at Vovó Joaquina Restaurant.
13:30 Lunch at A Encruzilhada, in Vidigueira, regional starters, vegetable cream soup, Lamb stew, sericaia or fruit,
Staying in Beja
PROGRAMME 9 COUNCILS, 4 DAYS DAY 2 Portel and Viana do Alentejo Fresco Route 10:30 Visit the BrĂĄs de Portel Chapel: unimaginable mural paintings dating back tot he 1630s discovered in 2004... 11:30 Olive oil tasting in the famous S. Pedro olive oil press. 13:00 Lunch at the Amieira Marina: regional starters, vegetable cream soup,
stuffed pork loin, regional dessert or fruit, water, wine and coffee. 15:30 Tour of the Nossa Senhora de Aires Sanctuary in Viana do Alentejo. 17:00 A walk around the Viana Castle and church... we say our goodbyes after a stopover at the pottery shop. 20:30 Dinner at 15 para as Nove in Ă‰vora: regional starters, hare rice, traditional desserts and fruit, water, wine and coffee. Staying in Beja
PROGRAMME 9 COUNCILS, 4 DAYS DAY 3 Évora and Vila Viçosa Fresco 10:00 Barroque Évora Fresco Route: we discover the secret dialogue between frescoes on ceilings and tiles on the walls of the churches. 13:00 Lunch at D. Joaquim in Évora: quail’s egs, miniature pies, mushrooms, fava beans, sausages, bread, olives and wonderful cod fish bread soup
with poached egg, sericaia, toucinho rançoso (local dessert), regional and coffee. 15:30 In Vila Viçosa we tour the Santo António Church. 16:30 Tour of the Chagas Convent in Vila Viçosa: rich art, a convent with royal patronage. 20:00 Dinner in Vila Viçosa: surprise regional meal with traditional cultural entertainment!
Staying in Vila Viçosa
PROGRAMME 9 COUNCILS, 4 DAYS DAY 4 Alandroal and Borba Fresco Route 09:30 Early-bird trip to the Borba market place where you’ll find the best of Portuguese and Alentejo products! 11:30 Tour of the Nossa Senhora da Boa Nova Sanctuary in Terena. 12:30 In Alandroal we’ll visit the Autopsy Room in the Misericórdia Church.
13:30 Lunch at the “Adega dos Ramalhos” in Alandroal: regional starters, dogfish soup, regional desserts and fruit, water, wine and coffee. 15:00 In Borba, visit the Servas de Cristo Convent. Wander the antique shops and say goodbye to the various unexpected and delicious local treats. And we’re on our way back...
PRICE Average price per person for a group with a minimum of 20 people (VAT included Dec. Law 221/85): 320,00 € Includes: · Entrance fee to in every location · All aforementioned meals · All aforementioned complementary events · The presence of a Fresco Route Heritage Interpreter throughout the programme · Personal Accidents Insurance Not included: · Tour Guide-related expenses, where applicable · Transportation or lodgings of any type for the group
REGUENGOS DE MONSARAZ
MONTADO ROUTE The Montado Route is set on the countryside, where life moves at a leisurely pace, rocked by the natural order of the Alentejo atmosphere. We invite you to discover a special, deeply intelligent ecosystem set in Alentejo. The “Factories” programme takes you to the industrial heritage of Azaruja, the historical and cultural richness of the village of Redondo and the organic production in the Freixo do Meio Estate in Montemor-o-Novo. You cant talk about the Montado without talking about the wine richness of the largest region of Portugal. The “Wine” programme invites you to find new scents, tastes, colours as well as heritage, crafts and gastronomy of the areas of Évora and Reguengos de Monsaraz. Tours lasting 1/2 day to 3 days available all year round, with a seasonal cork
extraction workshop and a year-round wine workshop.
Find out more in www.rotadomontado.com Agony Of the restless lethargic Yellows The solitude of red Choking Finally, black Deep, thick Like in Alentejo, Tenacious white in Alentejo Não Tem Sombra, Eugénio de Andrade
Factories Programme, 3 Councils, 3 Days DAY 1 Azaruja, Évoramonte and Aldeia da Serra 10:30 In Azaruja you’ll visit the country’s oldest bull ring, the Stately homes of ancient Catalonian families and the ruins of the old palace of the Counts of Azarujinha. 11:30 Tour of two cork processing plants. 13:00 Lunch at “O Bolas”.
15:30 In Évoramonte visit the Fortress of the House of Bragança. 18:00 At the São Paulo Convent Hotel you’ll have an exclusive tour of the entire complex. 20:00 Dinner at the Convent Hotel with a performance by the Redondo Troubadours group and their Cante Alentejano.
Factories Programme, 3 Councils, 3 Days DAY 2 Évora and Redondo
10:30 A walk through the countryside: 600 hectares of Montado with cork trees, holm oaks, farm cycles, millennial ecosystems... 12:15 In Redondo, we take a walk to discover the local crafts, the typical Alentejo furniture and, if we’re lucky, the weekly market.
13:00 Lunch at “A Torre” where a wonderful bread soup awaits us... 15:00 Tour of the Misericórdia Church, of the Parish Museum of the Church of Nossa Senhora da Assunção and the Wine Museum. 17:30 We end the day with Typical Alentejo wine and treats at the Redondo wine cellar. You’ll be free to have dinner at a place of your choice in Évora, where we’ll spend the night.
Factories Programme, 3 Councils, 3 Days DAY 3 Montemor-o-Novo
10:30 At the Freixo do Meio Estate we roll up our sleeves and get to work with a Traditional Bread Workshop. 12:30 Traditional lunch: chick pea stew in clay pot with organic produce and wine produced at the Estate.
14:30 Walk around the Estateâ€™s montado grounds... no hurries, all the time and all the space in the world...
PRICE Average price per person for a group with a minimum of 20 people (IVA Included Dec. Law 221/85): 250,00 € Includes: · Entrance fee to in every location · 3 regional lunches · 1 regional dinner · 1 afternoon snack of traditional products · Performance by Cante Alentejano Group · Bread Workshop · The presence of a Heritage Interpreter throughout the tour · Personal Accidents Insurance Not included: · Tour Guide-related expenses, where applicable · Transportation or lodgings of any type for the group
WINE PROGRAMME 2 COUNCILS, 2 DAYS DAY 1 Évora and Reguengos de Monsaraz 10:00 Tour of the Cartuxa Cellar of the Eugénio de Almeida Foundation in Évora, with a simple wine tasting.
(quail’s eggs, miniature pies, salad, cheeses, chopped olives...) and spinach bread soup with codfish and poached egg, assorted local desserts and fruit, water, wine, coffee. 15:45 José de Sousa Cellar in Reguengos de Monsaraz: with 114 clay amphorae, an ancestral and exceedingly rare fermentation method. Simple wine tasting.
11:45 Free time to walk around the World Heritage city of Évora, trade, monuments, historic streets.
17:15 Free time to walk around Monsaraz, medieval town marked by lime and shale, the weaving, crafts and heritage workshop.
13:15 Lunch at D. Joaquim with a unique menu beginning with the starters
20:00 Dinner in Reguengos de Monsaraz where we’ll spend the night.
WINE PROGRAMME 2 COUNCILS, 2 DAYS DAY 2 Reguengos de Monsaraz 10:00 Tour of the Alentejo pottery workshop Mufla, in S. Pedro de Corval... A workshop that brings together traditional pottery techniques and modern aesthetics with a design of Arab influence. 11:00 Tour of CARMIM – Coop Wine Cellar where you’ll see an ancient cellar in the centre of Reguengos de Monsaraz.
12:45 Lunch in Reguengos de Monsaraz, always in a traditional local restaurant with good wine, before an afternoon of walking around. 15:00 A trip to the Esporão Estate: starting with the historical centre, the Museum of the Povoado dos Perdigões, and on to the vineyards and cellars. And afternoon to visit this Estate renown for its wines and wonderful agricultural land. A final wine tasting will help us say goodbye to Alentejo.
PRICE Average price per person for a group with a minimum of 20 people (IVA Included Dec. Law 221/85): 200,00 € Inclui: · Entrance fee to in every location · 2 regional lunches · 1 regional dinner · 1 wine tasting at the José de Sousa Wine cellar · 1 wine tasting at the CARMIM wine cellar · 1 wine tasting at the Cartuxa wine cellar · 1 wine tasting at the Esporão Estate · The presence of a Heritage Interpreter throughout the tour · Personal Accidents Insurance Not included: · Tour Guide-related expenses, where applicable · Transportation or lodgings of any type for the group
SHADES OF MARBLE ROUTE The Shade s of Marble Route invites you to become acquainted with the odd, rough and deeply mysterious world of the marble of Alentejo. In the land of Alandroal, Borba, Estremoz, Sousel and Vila Viçosa, you’ll go down tot he quarry pits, visit underground galleries, factories, equipment and Portuguese software with international grasp; you’ll see how raw marble is processed to be used in building, sculptures and local monuments. This route lasts from 1⁄2 day to 3 days and is available all year round.
Find out more in www.rotatonsdemarmore.com
PROGRAM 3 COUNCILS, 2 DAYS DAY 1 Vila Viรงosa and Borba 10:00 Go down to the Lugramar quarry in Vila Viรงosa: This quarry is an underground gallery... Kicking off with thrilling sights!
15:30 A walk through the old Mouro Quarry, up to the top of the hill to see the breathtaking landscape of the anticline: Man vs Nature. 17:00 Visit Borba where we will become acquainted with the famous bodegas, antique stores and monuments. 19:00 Dinner at D. Vinho.
11:30 Visit Marmetal Plant, where you can see the full marble processing process: from large stones, weighing tonnes to thin, cut, polished strips, ready to install in our homes. 13:00 Lunch at the Taverna dos Conjurados, where we will be welcomed by Eng. Camarinhas.
Sleep in Vila Viรงosa
PROGRAM 3 COUNCILS, 2 DAYS DAY 2 Sousel 11:00 Arrive in Sousel and visit Construções Pragosa, a gravel processing plant which uses marble-industry waste. 12:30 Lunch at the Confraria de Gastronomia in Sousel. 14:30 A visit to the old Lime Furnace, with a tour of the grounds, a perfect tour to compare old and new industries, using marble as the lynchpin.
We go back home… in awe of Alentejo!
People with major health problems, reduced mobility and prone to allergies are advised not to visit the quarries. Children from the age of 14 are welcome. Upon purchasing this route, all people taking the Shade s of Marble Route will automatically accept the DISCLAIMER. We stress that, while touring plants of quarries, all visitors must wear at all times a helmet and hi-vis jacket supplied by the Route. All people taking the Shade s of Marble Route will strictly follow all directions given by the Interpreters.
important safety notice
Average price for a minimum 20 people (VAT included Dec.Lei 221/85): 125,00€ Includes: · Access to all sites · 2 regional lunches · 1 regional dinner · Safety Gear · Património Compadres Tour guide · Casualty insurance Does not include: · Transport and accomodation
SHADES OF MARBLE ROUTE
MOURÃO BARRANCOS MOURA
PICA – CHOURIÇOS ROUTE Before joining the Schengen space, the circulation of goods and people had to go through protected and monitored borders. There were mandatory duties and taxes for the import and export of goods, which made many people turn to smuggling to garner more income. This was all the more true in more troubled times in our recent history, such as during the Spanish Civil War or during World War II. The border was also a physical barrier which had to be overcome in order to look for other opportunities in other countries. The Pica-Chouriços Route takes us back to times where some gave chased and other escaped: the times of the border guards and smugglers. The long watches and the great risks. We look at lives, families and at the history of this border marked by endless possibilities.
The Pica-Chouriços Route lasts 1 or 2 days and is available all year round in Alandroal, Mourão, Barrancos, Moura and Serpa.
Find out more in www.rotapicachouricos.com
PROGRAMME 2 COUNCILS, 2 DAYS DAY 1 Mourão 12:30 Arrival in Mourão, close to the Spanish border and we get ready for lunch in a truly unique restaurant: Adega Velha. 14:30 Up to the castle to look around the landscape where Portugal and Spain blend into one and the same, with stories and testimonies of those who crossed the border for a living... this
is where the Pica-Chouriços story begins. 15:30 Tour of the main church of Nossa Senhora das Candeias, dating back to the 17th century. 16:30 Departure to Barrancos. 20:00 After settling in at the Monte da Coitadinha, we’re in for an excellent regional dinner. 21:30 We join old smugglers and border guards and listen to their stories...
PROGRAMME 2 COUNCILS, 2 DAYS DAY 2 Barrancos 10:00 Our morning is devoted to the Civil War: From Lieutenant Seixas to the refugees, you’ll hear authentic stories most Portuguese don’t know. 11:00 Our tour continues through the border guard station of Russianas. 12:30 We stop among the flowers for a picnic with local products.
14:30 We take a walk around the estate to see the local flora and fauna... Did you know these lands belong to the Iberian Lynx? 16:30 After a goodbye snack we’re on our way home!
Average price per person for a group with a minimum of 14 people (IVA Included Dec. Law 221/85): 135,00€ Includes: · Entrance fee to in every location · 1 regional lunch · 1 regional dinner · 1 picnic · 1 snack · Guided tours with Heritage interpreter · Personal Accidents Insurance Not included: · Tour Guide-related expenses, where applicable · Transportation or lodgings of any type for the group
HANDS-ON WORKSHOP Nothing like rolling up your sleeves and putting the nose to the grindstone to learn how something is done: here at Compadres, we like to pass on knowledge that is seemingly simple, yet filled with wisdom. We have the bet workshops on the cultural heritage from Alentejo geared towards companies. Mural Painting workshop Whitewashing workshop Alentejo Folk singing workshop Fishing workshop Bread workshop Jam and jelly workshop Cork extraction workshop Wine workshop ... Alentejo-style challenges! Find out more in www.compadres.pt
ALENTEJO FOLK SINGING Taste bread soup, regional dishes, chopped onions and wine... let it sink in, rehearse and sing along with a traditional song rehearsed and evaluated by a traditional Alentejo folk singing group...
Where Alvito Sousel
At the end of the day
All year round You may choose to add a local traditional lunch or dinner.
BREAD WORKSHOP Outside, with a wood-burning stove knead the dough, hit it and bake your own bread, with “chouriço”, walnuts or however you like it. While the bread bakes, tour the estate and see the unique ecosystem called the montado. Expert bakers will then rate your bread...
Alvito Vidigueira Montemor-o-Novo*
1 afternoon *1 day
All year round You may choose to add a local traditional lunch or dinner.
JAM AND JELLY WORKSHOP Use the seasonal fruit to discover the sweetest flavours of Alentejo.
All year round You may choose to add a local traditional lunch or dinner.
WORKSHOP A moment devoted to the conservation of monuments: with a master craftswoman to guide us in the millennial art of whitewashing. With our paintbrush in our hands weâ€™ll whitewash a drinking fountain, a wall or a chapel.
Where Alvito Sousel
May to October You may choose to add a local traditional lunch or dinner.
MURAL PAINTING WORKSHOP Inspired by this ages-old technique that is so common in Alentejo, weâ€™ll teach you how to paint frescoes, from plastering to preliminary drawing to the fresco itself... Why fresco?
Duration 1 day
May to October Includes local traditional lunch.
CORK EXTRACTION WORKSHOP We’ll tour the countryside bright and early. We’ll take a walk around the montado, amid the cork trees, holm oaks, agricultural cycles, millennial ecosystems... we’ll teach you how cork is extracted. Mid-morning we’ll grab a byte and rest a bit, and then back to the extraction.
1 day and a half
June to August Includes dinner, sleepover, morning snack and lunch.
WINE WORKSHOP Come to the plains of Alentejo and experience the millennial art of winemaking: from the vineyards, to the varieties, processes, flavours, always under the expert tutelage of an oenologist, find out how wine becomes pleasure... use the acquired knowledge and form teams to take a surprise quiz... after a blind tasting youâ€™ll see who wins.
Reguengos de Monsaraz
Al year round
FISHING WORKSHOP A fishing workshop on the waters of the Guadiana River, always looking at Spain on the other shore. While we take in the Alentejo landscape in all its peacefulness and try to catch the local fish, eel, lamprey, shad, mullet, nase and carp.
Duration 1 morning
All year around, excluding March to May You may choose to add a local traditional lunch or dinner.
All of these programmes are geared towards visitors/tourists every of nationality and the Routes and workshops are available in PT, ENG, FR and SP. Children up to the age of 12 are welcome at 50% of cost per person. Children until the age of four may participate free of charge. For the Shades of Marble Route no children under 14 are allowed. The prices do not include transportation or lodgings, which can be subject to a specific quote. All services include a Heritage Interpreter.
about the programmes
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Fresco Route project with:
www.rotascompadres.pt Rua 5 de Outubro, 20, 7920-368 Vila Nova da Baronia (Alvito) Tel.: 284 475 413 | 911 158 698 email@example.com
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