- Evora and Comporta represent two different sides to the Alentejo region
- A Renaissance convent in Evora, a stylish retreat in Comporta, these are our kind of hotels
- Private tour of UNESCO classified Evora, tasting in the vineyards, galloping along the beach, it's already in the itinerary
- Smartphone app, car, local Concierge service, that's what you get when you travel with us
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East and south of Lisbon
Your TripTwo great hotels. The first, in Evora, is even a classified monument in its own right. A monastery. And the monks, whose tradition of hospitality is one of the roots of the modern hotel trade, have bequeathed to the 21st-century entrepreneurs a brilliantly designed and presented complex. The convent is now home to a luxury chateau. In Comporta, the experience is about design, pine trees, oaks, excellent cuisine. A car will get you there. At each of your stops, visits and activities have been scheduled in your itinerary. They're just to enhance your experience of the place you are visiting, and leave you with plenty of free time to explore on your own. You don't want to miss the old town in Evora, nor a ride on the beaches of Comporta. If you feel like cruising down the Sado River estuary with dolphins and birds at your fingertips, we can arrange this for you too. You'll have the contact details of our local Concierge, whose local expertise is available should you need anything.
Flight to Lisbon - Evora
Pick up your rental car and drive to Evora. Two-night stay a mile north of the city at a convent converted to a hotel. The monastery dates back to the 15th century. Today, it is a luxury hotel. The two-storey cloister with arcades is lovely; most of the baroque furniture and decoration have been kept in the church, where large panels of glass let the light shine in. The grounds' charms include a charming garden. Your room is in the historical area. Expect sober yet opulent elegance, a marble bathroom and a private terrace. And then there's the dining room in the old vaulted cellar, the lounge bar, the monks' kitchen, the wine bar, and a Gothic cistern. There's also an outdoor pool, a spa, an indoor pool and a gym.
Already included in the itinerary - Visit to the Old Town of Evora. Evora is a whitewashed city, enclosed within 17th century walls. Long a royal residence, the historic city is full of churches and convents. The temple of Diana (1st century) - dedicated to Roman Emperor Augustus - is probably the most famous monument. You can visit it with a private guide. There is also the cathedral (Basilica Sé Catedral de Nossa Senhora da Assunçao - 13th-14th centuries), which illustrates the transition between the Romanesque and Gothic arts. The bright azulejo tiles that frame the entrance to the Bone Chapel (16th century) in the Sao Francisco Church contrast with the bones and skulls inside this 'memento mori'. Next, head to Herdade do Esporao, a wine estate of the Reguengos de Monsaraz appellation. Olive, orange and almond trees are farmed organically alongside grapes in the slatey soil. This makes it possible to produce a fine amphora wine, among others. Visit the facilities and historical monuments on the property, such as the 15th century Torre do Esporao, and enjoy a wine/olive oil tasting and gourmet meals on-site.
Evora - Comporta/Muda
Drive to Muda, a few miles south of Comporta. Three-night stay in a fusion architectural dream. The hotel features designer furniture, floating wood beams, old boards and tree stumps. Your room will be comfortable, with a holiday chic vibe. A large bay window and private terrace overlook stone pine trees. In front of the main building, there is a long, glowing outdoor pool, connected to the inner pool of the wellness area, which also has a sauna and steam room. At the restaurant, the dishes served contain - wherever possible - produce from the hotel's organic gardens, local orchards, and traditional fishing and farming sources. The chef knows his Portuguese cuisine, to which he gives a refreshing and brilliant twist.
The whole area is planted with pines and cork oaks, vineyards and rice fields all the way to the sea, a few miles from the hotel. The vegetation covering the dunes is carefully preserved. Behind them is a very long, dazzling sandy beach. Take a big breath of fresh air. It's a perfect place to unplug. Should you not choose to live as a religious recluse, you can encounter contemporary Lisbon natives, who come to recharge away from the bustle of the capital. They are typically members of the creative, self-styled hippie chic community in Comporta. Eat sardines grilled under a canopy of reeds, your feet in the sand. It's not obvious luxury, but it's luxury nonetheless. And this being Portugal, there's all the wine you need to go with it. The 34,595 acres of Herdade da Comporta, a private reserve located south of the Troia peninsula, offers splendid hiking routes.
Already included in the itinerary - Riding on the beach. Man's noblest conquest is the perfect equine vehicle to explore the beaches and dunes. Whether you prefer a slow or somewhat quicker pace, you can take in all the fragrances in the area, and gain new perspectives. You might come across an otter out enjoying himself, or an egret on the lookout, as you ride gently along. The instructors are very keen to take anyone out in the saddle for a ride, regardless of their previous riding experience.
Optional - Sado estuary cruise.
Comporta/Muda - Lisbon - return flight
Drive to Lisbon Airport and return rental car. Return flight.
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Sado Estuary Cruise - Comporta
No need to go to the opposite end of the earth to have your boat surrounded by a squadron of marine mammals; the great dolphins (tursiops truncatus) who inhabit the estuary will keep you company. And the nature reserve is a boon for many species of birds, who make use of the woods, salt marshes, rice fields, and sandy shores. Purple herons, marsh-harriers, flamingos, elegant avocets, and white spoonbills - to name but a few - can all be seen from the boat. Boating will allow you to uncover all the richness and variety of the region.
With a few extra days - Lisbon
City of the great sailors, city of the great earthquake. It's a city on the crest of a wave. There are the classics, of course, such as the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga (where you can see Bosch's Temptation of Saint Anthony), the Museu Calouste Gulbenkian (which houses Marguerite de Cleves' The Hours), or the National Museum of the Azulejo (which contains the finest examples of these earthenware tiles). There is also the wonderful Electricity Museum, in the Tejo Power Station in Belem, and the Oceanarium (Peter Chermayeff, 1998), with its main aquarium of 176,573 cubic feet where you can see an ocean sunfish… The renovated docks and the banks of the Tagus are a pleasure to see. The delightful little tit-bits at Mercado da Ribeira are amazing; Kais, in a former warehouse, is a spectacular restaurant. Additionally, Bairro Alto, for example, offers superlative views over the lights of the city. The terrace of the bar at the Independent is made for this. Designer shops have appeared all over the city. There's so much happening in every area: fashion, sound, design, graphic design, etc. Lisbon is hot right now.
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