Guided tour

Alentejo: Cork Forest Safari with Optional Lunch

4.9 / 5

15 reviews

Alentejo: Cork Forest Safari with Optional Lunch

From £38 per person

Enjoy this 2 hour tour in an old 1974 safari style Land-rover to explore the traditional cork forests of the Alentejo. Your local guide will give you full explanations during the tour, as you discover the in's out's of the cork world.

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Duration 2 hours
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Spanish, English, Portuguese

Experience

The experience
  • Enjoy a tour in an open safari-style Land-rover
  • See a traditional Cork Farm
  • Learn the in's and out's of the cork world
Full description
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.
Includes
  • Local driver and guide
  • Small-group tour
  • Walking tour
  • Professional guide
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Drinks
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Corktrekking, Herdade da Maroteira, Aldeia da Serra d'Ossa, Redondo.

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Know before you go

  • Do a wine tasting for an additional €25 per group
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.9 /5

based on 15 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    5/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.9/5
  • Safety
    5/5

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Wonderful immersion into rural Portugal. Our guide, Antonio, was tremendous. Knowledgeable about the land and cork growing, the trees, the souls, the problems, the processing, and the history. He also explained the farming of grapes, and how fabulously used, but not abused the land is. Bees, pigs, cows, assist the farmer, pine nuts and acorns as well as grapes and cork are grown on the land. Such a great tour. Highly recommend

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15 October 2019

Outstanding for anyone that likes wine!

We’ve been on many wine tours, but this one about the cork trees used to seal all of the wine bottles is tops (no pun intended)! We got to hear about the cork trees, cost and care of production, as well as need to diversify the large cork forest such as the one we saw. It gives you a new respect for what we used to seal our wine bottles and the harmful impact of fad-sealers and word-of-mouth. A great tour from a very knowledgeable person. Long live the cork trees and farmers!

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3 December 2017

Very Friendly and Informative. Excellent.

We knew almost nothing about cork and cork production, so decided to find out more. We could not have made a better choice. Our guides were friendly, humorous and very knowledgeable. They took us in an open-topped vintage Land-Rover all over Phillip's cork forest and vineyards, explaining many aspects of each and answering our endless questions. Water was provided, and we stopped at various places in the forest to learn about cork oaks of different ages, their care and cultivation, how the bark is removed and with what tools, what happens to it next and so on. At the end we were treated to three of the estate's oen wines, a rosé, a white and a red, and we were given the three opened bottles to take away. All in all a great experience with genuine working farm and people. Nothing whatever artificial or theatrical here.

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2 June 2017

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