Enjoy a journey through the Portuguese Moorish and Roman heritage beyond the Tagus river, to the south of Lisbon and into the Alentejo region.
What to Expect
Strongly shaped by the presence of the Moors (Islamic, Berber and Arabic people) between the 8th century and 1249, the Alentejo is a vast plain where mainly vineyards can be found along with olive trees and the “Montado” (Cork Oaks). The Moorish heritage not only has a deep genetics mark but also hugely influenced gastronomy, ceramics and in the famous Arraiolos tapestries.
Évora is the most important city in Alentejo. Founded by the Romans and denominated “Ebora Liberalitas Julia,” it was the stronghold that was build on, in the Alem-Tejo (beyond the river Tagus) the formation of the new kingdom of Portugal during the Christian peninsular reconquer of the 12th century.
After the consolidation of the borders with the Spanish province of Castela, several kings settled here with their court, particularly during the maritime discoveries period. The historical and artistic heritage preserved today in the city is the result of those royal settlements. The monumental ensemble that those golden ages left to the city forms the basis for the classification of Évora as a Cultural Heritage of Humanity since 1986.
Return to Lisbon by way of Alcácer do Sal, one of the oldest villages in Europe, founded before 1000 B.C by the Phoenicians. Later with the Visigoth invasion, it regained its importance becoming Episcopal Seat and then invaded by the Arabs and renamed Qasr Abu Danis. It is one of the strongest fortresses of the Iberian Peninsula. The Vikings tried to plunder it but with no success. During the Arab domain, it was the capital of Al-Kassr province. Portuguese King Afonso Henriques conquered the village in 1158.
The route then goes to Troia Peninsula. Troia was a Roman settlement with an important fish transformation industry that exported their product throughout the Empire. (ruins open to visits) From there, cross by ferry to the river Sado estuary to the city of Setubal.
- Bottled water
- Hotel/ port pick-up and drop-off
- Private tour
- Ferry (if ferry option chosen)
What's Not Included
- Entrance fees
- Meals and drinks
Know Before You Go
• Infant seats are available on request if advised at time of booking