Piquenique Total de Ponte de Sor na Albufeira de Montargil
June 26, 2021
MONTARGIL: RELAX OR WATER SPORTS IN MONTARGIL RESERVOIR. In Alto Alentejo, municipality of Ponte de Sor, the blue patch of Montargil reservoir immediately transports us to a time to relax and pump up our energy. Exactly in the centre of Portugal, equidistant from the Spanish border and our Atlantic coast, Montargil dam is a must stop for those travelling on Estrada Nacional 2 (EN2), that crosses Portugal from north to south, from Chaves to Faro. Mirroring the astounding landscape of the montado, the Montargil Reservoir has prime conditions for contemplating the surrounding nature, for hiking, for fishing and for nautical sports, such as sailing, wakeboard, canoe, jet ski or water-ski.  The less prone to sports may embark on a boat ride across the reservoir (go to the Clube Náutico de Montargil, and discover the strong affinity that the reservoir has with all water sports).  During the boat ride you will spot several nooks in the reservoir banks worth further exploration and laying your picnic towel under a tree. It is mandatory to take a Ponte de Sor Genial Picnic along, since hunger is the enemy of a quiet mood, and prevents you from fully enjoying the beauty of those places or listening to the sound of birds. Montargil is very famous in the birdwatcher’s world. BOOK PICNIC
Ribeira de Seda Trail
June 25, 2021
PONTE DE SOR: PEDESTRIAN TRAIL ALENTEJO FEEL NATURE Ribeira de Sor is a place of watermills and millers since the 13th century. The Royal Charter of our king Afonso III, dated 13th July 1256, refers to watermills belonging to chancellor Estêvão Anes: “molendinos quos habetis in Ripa de Soor” (mills he has in Ribeira de Sor). Parochial registers from 1758 mention more than ten watermills in this region.  The Ribeira de Sor trail, part of the pedestrian trails Alentejo Feel Nature – PR1 PSR, takes you to three of those, situated between Ponte de Sor e Tramaga, all dated from the beginning of the 9th century: Moinho da Sobreira (Sobreira Watermills); Moinho da Pontinha (Pontinha Watermill), and the more imponent of the three, Moinho Novo (New Watermill). This last one allows you to cross to the other bank, an area ideal for rod fishing. Enjoy this trail, but don’t forget your picnic, to recharge your batteries, as the whole trail, though an easy one, will take more than 4 hours. Leaving the Ponte de Sor Riverbank Area, you should head for the pedestrian bridge that allows you to cross the stream to the left bank.  From there, climb to ribeira de Vale do Bispo (Vale do Bispo creek), walk through the montado, with its beautiful cork oaks, and arrive at aldeia de Ervideira (Ervideira hamlet). Walk across the village and head again to the banks of Ribeira de Sor. You will then be able to spot the famous Tramaga Watermills, that once did the beautiful job of turning grains into flour for bread. Walk the trail calmly, to enjoy all the nature’s sounds, coming from the water or from the birds that accompany you along: the white stork, the black-winged kite, the black kite, the booted eagle and the European bee-eater. Pick your favourite nook to spread the towel and eat your picnic. Properly recharged, follow the trail, returning to the bridge over Ribeira de Sor and crossing to the other bank to walk down to the beautiful Parque da Marginal (Riverbank Park). Continue by the riverside and appreciate all the leisure equipment you find in your way. The trail ends in the same place it started. Such a walk without a Ponte de Sor Genial Picnic will get you very hungry, so don’t forget to book yours. BOOK PICNIC
Ponte de Sor watermills tourdos moinhos
June 24, 2021
PONTE DE SOR: WATERMILLS TOUR FOLLOWING ITS DAMS   Since the Middle Ages that watermills have defined the landscape of the small rivers in the Ponte de Sor area, mainly the creeks from Sor and Longomel. Essential for the waters to gain the power that made the wheels spin, the area around the mill dam is rich in biodiversity, namely certain bird and fish species, and occasionally otters. This tour allies the historic, artistic and natural heritages. At the same time, you get to understand how cereals were transformed in bread up to the early 20th century and you can appreciate the beauty of the surrounding nature. And if the weather is hot, just dive in one of the dams. The scenery is more than perfect for a memorable Ponte de Sor Genial Picnic. BOOK PICNIC
June 23, 2021
MONTARGIL: BIRDWATCHING IN MONTARGIL RESERVOIR. Montargil Reservoir has a unique beauty, being also the ideal scenery for all activities related to nature, namely birdwatching. Its calm surroundings and special vegetation harbour beautiful bird species, such as swallows, starlings and nightingales. Flying high, eagles and kites can also be spotted. In the north end, expect to see mallards and herons. Choose a quiet place and try to identify each species. But don’t forget your Ponte de Sor Genial Picnic. BOOK PICNIC
trail discover montargil
June 22, 2021
MONTARGIL: TRANSALENTEJO TRAIL. This trail PSR PR2 reunites heritage and nature, delighting your eyes with the Montargil dam landscape.  The trail starts in the viewpoint near the village Centro Cultural. And carries on between the forests of eucalyptus, cork oaks and holm oaks till the geodesic marker, from where you get a wide and breathtaking view, with the village of Montargil and the water mirror of the dam as the background. Don’t forget to take with you a Ponte de Sor Genial Picnic and enjoy it wherever the lanscape inspires you. BOOK PICNIC
Nacional Road N2
June 20, 2021
PONTE DE SOR AND MONTARGIL: KM 435 AND KM 448. From Trás-os-Montes to Algarve, EN2 (National Road 2) winds through all Portuguese landscapes along its 738,5 Km. EN2 is considered, among roads with the same characteristics, the longest in Portugal and in Europe and the third longest in the whole world, after Route 66, in the United States, and Ruta 40, in Argentina. From Chaves to Faro, cruising EN2 is a sightseeing journey that allows you to discover a huge variety of landscapes, cultures and gastronomies of our country. Stops at Km 435, in Ponte de Sor, or at Km 448, in Montargil Dam, are mandatory to recharge energy with a Ponte Sor Genial Picnic. Pickup at Quiosque da Relva Restaurant in Riverbank Area of Ponte de Sor. BOOK PICNIC
Geocaching in Ponte de Sor Riverbank
June 19, 2021
PONTE DE SOR: GEOCACHING AT RIVERBANK AREA. For the exploring minded, we suggest searching for a geocache in the Ponte de Sor Riverbank Area. To find the cache you just have to do some simple maths and register in to obtain the coordinates and play. When you find the cache, take with you one of the souvenirs kept in the box, but don’t forget to leave another, that you should bring along.  Before or after this experience, enjoy a delicious Ponte de Sor Genial Picnic. BOOK PICNIC
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
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