Vila Viçosa: Guided Marble Art and Archaeology Tour
- Small group
- Duration: 3 hours
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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.
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
Evora is a difficult place to get to by public transport from Lisbon so this tour was a great way to it. Evora is a small town with lots to see. I didn't go on the lunch and was glad because I got to spend the time exploring the town centre. The wine tasting was very rushed and it was in a local shop, not very atmospheric. Overall, it felt a bit rushed in the monuments but was a great way to experience more of Portugal.
Our guide Luis was the best. He was so knowledgeable about the places as well as the history of Portugal. Though it was crowded he took us to the best place for lunch n to buy souvenir. During the end of the trip I left my hat back in the van which he was so kind n helpful to come back to return it. It was our best trip ever.
We walked through the cork forest with Andrew, who was very informative about all things to do with cork, as well as his family's history. We then had a fabulous wine tasting and finished off the experience with an amazing 3 course lunch at a local restaurant (the chef was so nice and the food absolutely delicious).