Alter do Chão Picnic Total atna Ponte Romana de Vila Formosa
June 17, 2021
ALTER DO CHÃO: TRADITIONAL VILLAGE FAMOUS BY THE COUDELARIA ALTER REAL (STUD FARM). Alter do Chão is limited to the north by Crato, to the southeat by Monforte, to the south by Fronteira, to the southwest by Avis and to the west by Ponte de Sor. Alter do Chão presents a natural diversity that makes this municipality very interesting from environmental assets and nature conservation points of view. The nature and landscape diversity, associated with the cultural heritage and environmental quality, becomes an excellent drive for its visit. Birdwatchers find in Alter do Chão the perfect place for spotting a series of birds, such as the great bustard, the calandra lark, the great crested grebe, the great cormorant, the mallard, the northern shoveler, and a handful of birds of prey, namely the milvus, the common buzzard and the booted eagle. An endless list of birds you may spot especially in winter and spring. It´s also the perfect place to walk or follow some of the Alentejo Feel Nature trails, along the Ribeira de Seda and amount the montado, where you can easily spot a horse Puro Lusitano, a portuguese breed preserved by Coudelaria de Alter (stud farm). As for the flora, it is important to mention the richness and importance of the endogenous vegetation of the Alentejo plain, such as the cork oak, the holm oak and the olive tree. The asparagus, the Alter saffron, the purslane, the pennyroyal, the water spearmint and the golden thistle are abundant in the fields e wisely used in the local cuisine. Some of them are present in the menu of the Alter do Chão Genial Picnic. BOOK PICNIC
Alter do Chão Alamo Garden
June 16, 2021
ALTER DO CHÃO: PALÁCIO DO ÁLAMO GARDEN BUILT IN THE 17th CENTURY. The Álamo Garden has picnic area, a children’s playground, an open air exhibition area, an amphitheatre and a field for traditional games. Here and there you may find a pergola, a viewpoint or a waterwheel. The vegetation has a great diversity. This garden is situated near the Álamo Palace, built in the 17th century, probably in 1649, by the family Mendes de Vasconcelos, and with important renovations in the 18th century. As it was customary in that baroque period, the owners favoured the natural environments and the luscious gardens.  There are two floors with rectangular layout. Near the palace, you can find several farmhouses, lakes, water tanks and irrigation systems typical of this region. The palace is owned by the municipality and inside you may find the Tourism Bureau, an art gallery and a library. The gardens are ideal for relaxing and snacking, if you brought your Alter do Chão Genial Picnic.  BOOK PICNIC
Roman Bridge of Vila Formosa
June 15, 2021
ALTER DO CHÃO (RIBEIRA DE SEDA): NATIONAL MONUMENT 1st CENTURY AD. One of the local key points for an excellent Alter do Chão Genial Picnic is the Roman Bridge of Vila Formosa. According to the legend, a shepherd sold his soul to the devil in exchange for a bridge he could cross with his cattle, saving it from serious hunger. When the last stone was laid, a black cock was born and immediately began to sing. The devil himself got scared and ran away without receiving the shepherd’s soul.  People say that this stone is still there, but that it falls every time they put it in its proper place. National monument, the Roman Bridge was built in the late 1st century  AD/ early 2nd century AD, across the road that connected Olisipo (Lisbon) to Emerita (Merida), by Abelterium (today’s Alter do Chão ). A true tribute to endurance, the bridge has resisted for millennia. Upon arriving to the creek, spread your cloth, open your picnic backpack and enjoy all the food with the nature sounds as background. Try to identify the players that make that symphony as you walk down the “Ribeira de Seda”. The flora sets: the grey willow, the  narrow-leafed ash, the poplar and the alder. The fauna sets: the white stork, the little egret, the grey heron, great crested grebe, the mallard, the gadwall and the Eurasian otter. BOOK PICNIC
Montado Alentejano
June 14, 2021
ALTER DO CHÃO (COUDELARIA DE ALTER DO CHÃO AND HERDADE MONTE BARRÃO): WALKING, RIDING A BIKE OR ON HORSE. The Montado from Alentejo is a landscape that, in Alter do Chão, invites you to discover the local fauna and flora, namely the different kinds of herbs and wild species of plants that will inspire many local delicacies, present in the Alter do Chão Genial Picnics. Reserve one of them and take it along while you discover the local montado. At the Coudelaria de Alter, or in the Herdade Monte Barrão, you will find many acres of montado landscape, where you may find a lot of activities to do on foot, on a bike or on a horse. Don’t forget to wear proper shoes. And, above all, don’t forget your Alter do Chão Genial Picnic. It will taste so good while you rest in the shadow of a tree! BOOK PICNIC
Ribeira de Seda Trail
June 13, 2021
ALTER DO CHÃO: PEDESTRIAN TRAIL ALENTEJO FEEL NATURE. If you like walking, follow the trail PR1 ALT-A Glance over Ribeira de Seda. After picking up your Alter do Chão Genial Picnic in Páteo Real Restaurant , head to the Churchyard, facing west, and admire the landscape: to the east, Alter do Chão and Alter Pedroso; to the south, Évoramonte, and to the west, Ribeira de Seda, whose source is northeast, in  Serra de São Mamede. Your trail will be parallel to this creek. Meanwhile, take a stroll in the village, and find its old walls. Follow these walls to the north and find another viewpoint near the São João Chapel. Walk down a paved street until you find the left bank of Ribeira de Seda, surrounded by magnificent woods. Further down, you will arrive at a disactivated road that takes you to the beautiful roman bridge of Vila Formosa. Go back to the creek’s bank and find the Mendes bridge, made of shale, over the Ribeira de Alfeijós. Though uncertain, the origin of this bridge seems medieval. Cross the bridge and arrive at the hamlet of Chança, where the trail ends. If you follow another variant of this trail – PR1.1 ALT – 4,9 km long and 1h 45m duration, you may start in Seda, crossing its creek to the right bank and going downstream. In the initial phase of this route, you will find vineyards and olive trees of the Herdade de Vale de Barqueiros. The walk ends at the border between the municipalities of Alter do Chão and Avis. BOOK PICNIC
June 7, 2021
ALTER DO CHÃO: VIEWPOINT; GEODESIC LANDMARK AND MEGALITHIC ANTA. Situated at a height of 400 metres, Alter Pedroso in Alentejo, Portugal, has a magnificent view over the amazing surrounding peaceful landscape. This place was inhabited by man since ancient times and it was an important village, though small, til the 16th century, for its geographic location. The origin of Alter do Chão could be a Roman village built on a Iron Age settlement in Alter Pedroso. The region it’s worth visting and revisiting for the beauty of its whitewashed houses, the megalithic and historic remains, the ruin of the ancient Alter Pedroso castle, the ruins of the chapel of São Bento and the amazing landscape from the viewpoint. And because of its incredible and full of greenery places, ideal for an Alter do Chão Genial Picnic, filled with the local flavours. BOOK PICNIC
June 7, 2021
ALTER DO CHÃO (ALDEIA DE SEDA): TRANSALENTEJO TRAIL. A trail with moments of rare beauty, such as the ones by the bank of Ribeira de Seda and the vineyards. After a short initial section, the trail follows easy rural paths allowing for stunning views. Leave 1º de Maio street and turn right. Climb Poço street all the way up, passing in the middle of the white houses of Seda, take Cândido dos Reis and 5 de Outubro streets and finally Castelo street. After admiring the landscape from the viewpoint, turn back for a while and then turn left down the stairs “Escadinhas do Ribeirinho”. Take the rural path going down and turn left when you have the chance. You will start to follow the left bank of Ribeira de Seda (the creek), until you hit the asphalt of the old road. Pass along the Parque de Merendas (picnic park) ideal to enjoy an Alter do Chão Genial Picnic. After, cross the Roman Bridge of Vila Formosa and follow the abandoned asphalt road, taking the left side. Admire all the fabulous montes alentejanos (the typical farm houses), the water mirrors of the rural dams, the vineyards and olive trees. In the horizon, the image of “Aldeia de Seda” inspires special emotions to the traveller. Cross once more the creek Ribeira de Seda, through a modest road bridge and, upon hitting on the hamlet, turn left in the first street and then right, arriving at the church Igreja Matriz. Go down the street on the left and arrive at Cândido dos Reis street. Proceed to Poço Novo, where you started this journey. BOOK PICNIC
Travel with responsability
June 6, 2021
ALTER DO CHÃO: EXPLORING TERRAS D´ALTER WITH GPS. For the born explorers, we suggest looking for a Geocache, you may find around here following the coordinates indicated in To play you should login. When you find the cache, you shoud take a souvenir out of the box and place another one you should have brought along. When you decide to play don’t forget to book an Alter do Chão Genial. BOOK PICNIC
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