Alentejo Cork Forest And Cork Farm With Lunch

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 3 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    Winter Time - (from 1st October to 30th April) , 10am , 2pm , , Summer Time - (from 1st May to 30th September)  , 9am , 5pm ,
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Museu do Vinho de Redondo
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

Travel to the Alentejo and into the deepest part of a cork forest on this 2-hour guided tour from Redondo. Take a walk to explore the cork forest and learn about the harvesting of the cork at a farmhouse estate run by the same family for six generations. Enjoy personalized attention on this small group tour that is limited to twelve people, as well as a traditional cork-strippers' lunch, if chosen.

Highlights

Soak up the atmosphere on a walking tour

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Choice of morning or afternoon departure

Lunch included

Know More about this tour

Having booked the morning or afternoon departure, meet your local driver at the Museu do Vinho de Redondoand travel to the farmhouse estate in the Alentejo. For six generations the Molletfamily has made a living on their 1,400 acre estate by sustainably managing cork forests, rearing sheep, and making fine wine.

Upon arrival, meet your guide, a localarchaeologist and conservationist. Start with a cup of tea, coffee, or a cool refreshment then head out on a 5-kilometer (3.1-mile) walk into the deepest parts ofthe cork forest, across rolling hills and through cork forests, olive groves, and vineyards in a landscape occasionally broken by a medieval fortress or an abandoned chapel.

During your walk your guide explains everything you need to know about the cork trees and the cork cycle (cork stripping, storage, and manufacturing). Also learn about local fauna and flora, and all of the farm activities including honey production, vineyard wine production, Iberian pig fattening, and harvesting olive groves.

With luck, you might come across an Egyptian mongoose, bustards, wild boars, hoopoes, bee-eaters, and booted eagles.

Later, head to the farmhouse and visit the shop where you can find the finest products the estate has to offer (cork handicrafts, biologic olives and olive oil, honey and, of course, wine). Lastly, enjoy a traditional cork stripper's three-course meal in a quiet family run restaurant.

Your tour concludes with a drop-off back at the Museu do Vinho de Redondo.

Inclusions

Local guide

Exclusions

Hotel pickup and drop-off (if selected the service has the cost of 15 per person and it is available in a range of 40km)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level

Not wheelchair accessible

A maximum of twelve people per booking

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Children must be accompanied by an adult

This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If its canceled because the minimum isnt met, youll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

  • 24-Oct-2019

    I am so glad we arranged to go on this cork farm walking tour! It was a very interesting experience. We signed up for the tour plus lunch. The tour was expertly conducted by Andrew, adult son of the owner of the farm. We learned a wealth of information about the specialized farming and special methods used for harvesting the bark that they use with naturally growing cork oak trees while walking through the forest of trees. At the end of our walking tour we were invited to join the last part of the 4 wheel drive tour in a vintage Land Rover to see and learn about the grape growing activities on the property. Following the excellent tour we were escorted to a 4 course lunch at O Kebom, an outstanding small restaurant in the village of Redondo, serving classic Portuguese specialty food. We highly recommend this tour while visiting Evora or the region near Redondo.

  • 18-Feb-2018

    Had a fabulous few hours out with José walking round the cork forest. Hes an entertaining guide and very knowledgable on the forest, the trees, and the art of cork growing and harvesting. Would highly recommend this trip to anybody who loves the outdoors, and wants to learn a little bit about this historic Portuguese industry. Lunch was fabulous, traditional local food, and the house wine was probably some of the best weve tasted.

  • 16-Feb-2018

    One of the best experiences weve had in Portugal! José showed up right on time and since we were the only two on the tour he suggested we might prefer to drive our own vehicle to the farm and restaurant, which would leave us free to do whatever we wished later. It seemed like a good idea as the farm was only 7 km from the meeting place. We thoroughly enjoyed the walk through the cork forest and learning all about how the trees are maintained, how the cork is harvested and much more. The pace was gentle and the terrain quite comfortable. People who dont wish to walk for 2 hours can opt for the Jeep ride.. It was delightful to be outdoors and hear nothing but the birds and ourselves! After the walk we followed José to the restaurant where we were introduced to the owners and treated like royalty. The food was so delicious. We honestly didnt think wed actually have chosen pigs cheeks from a menu but found the dish amazing. Dessert of regional specialities was very, very sweet. Wine and a liquor were included. The only thing we could ha e I shed for was a place to nap afterwards!

  • 09-Feb-2018

    This was the best experience of our trip. Lunch in the only restaurant in a small village was excellent. All the food and drink you could possibly imagine and all so fresh. The cork farm tour was beautiful and an excellent hike. We learned all about farm operations during our 4 KM hike. I understand they will take you around via jeep if you don't want that long of hike.