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
April 9, 2021
Cascais has a privileged position, benefiting both from the open sea Atlantic beaches and from the healthy and fresh air from the neighbouring Serra de Sintra. Its vicinity to Lisbon, gave Cascais the role of maritime guardian of the capital. During the Spanish occupation in parts of the 16th and 17th centuries, Cascais was given several defence fortifications by king Filipe of Spain. After we regained our independence, this work continued, namely with the building of the Cidadela, still an important place in the centre of the village. In 1755, Cascais was almost completely destroyed by the giant earthquake. In 1834, it took a heavy blow with the extinction of the religious orders and, some years after, with the displacement of the army of the Citadel, Regimento de Infantaria 19. From 1859, with the construction of the roads connecting Cascais to Oeiras and to Sintra, the village starts to grow. But the decisive turning point will be the year 1870, when our king D. Luís elected Cascais as its beach resort. From then on, the royal family arrived in the September and stayed till November, in the Cidadela. With the king, came the nobility and the rich bourgeoise. Besides bathing in the sea, the royal family loved to hunt, namely in the area of Guincho.   In 1889 was launched the first stretch to Pedrouços from the railway Cascais-Lisbon. In 1940, with the construction of Estrada Marginal (the scenic view road to Lisbon) and of the Casino, Estoril and Cascais became luxury tourist destinations. Portuguese neutrality during WW2 brought thousands of refugees and exiles looking for a safe place. Between the more illustrious are the count D. Juan de Battenberg and Bourbon (father of the Spanish king Juan Carlos), king Humberto II from Italy, Carol II from Romania, archdukes from Austria and Hungary and the Danish royal family. Estoril and Cascais became a rendezvous place for spies from both sides mingling in luxury hotels, like the Estoril Palácio. Still preserving its roots as a fishing harbour, Cascais is today a very coveted tourist destination and a very pleasant place to live in. And the ideal place to enjoy your Cascais Genial Picnic, filled with local products and treats. Stroll the narrow streets of the old village of Cascais, up and down. You will never get lost; the place is small and charming. Enter the old stores, such as the haberdashery Marilene or the Drogaria Costa (a mix of hardware and general store).  Visit the churches (Igreja Paroquial de Nossa Senhora da Assunção, Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes e Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Misericórida, The chapel or Ermida de S. Sebastião, from the 16th century). Take time to enter the museums: Casa das Histórias Paula Rego (with a fine collection of paintings by this world famous Portuguese painter), Museu do Mar Rei D. Carlos I (where you will find the history of all traditions connected with the sea), the Museu do Palácio da Cidadela (Fortress Nossa Senhora da Luz de Cascais where our kings spent part of the summer), Museu Conde de Castro Guimarães). And finally stop at the beach dos Pescadores or in the Parque Marechal Carmona and enjoy your Cascais Genial Picnic. If you feel like enjoying the open air and the sea, take your Cascais Genial Picnic to the beach: Along the road to Guincho you have several, all beautiful and wild, beaches. The road takes you to the final Praia do Guincho, but you can go further to Praia da Adraga BOOK PICNIC
April 8, 2021
PARQUE NATURAL DE SINTRA CASCAIS. There are four Pedestrian Trails you can do in Cascais, namely in the Parque Natural de Sintra-Cascais (Sintra -Cascais Nature Park). As these trails have a low to medium difficulty, they are adequate to almost everybody. Rota PR1 CSA )– Rota das Quintas (Farms Trail) allows you to discover  small and very rural hamlets  (Alcorvim, Janes e Zambujeiro), to enjoy the freshness of the tree cover of Ribeira das Vinhas and to walk through Quinta do Pisão and its silvopastoral activities. The trail PR2 CSC – Rota do Cabo Raso (Cabo Raso trail) takes you through the rural landscape around the village of Areia, the ruins of Casais Velhos, the Cresmina dune, the beautiful costal of the Guincho road, the lighthouse of Cabo Raso and the fort of S. Brás de Sanxete. PR3 CSC – Rota das Aldeias (Trail of the Villages) is ideal to enjoy the Southern slopes of serra de Sintra, dazzling you with breath-taking views from the Capela de Nossa Sr.ª da Peninha (a chapel). In this trail, you will also get to know Malveira da Serra, Biscaia and Figueira do Guincho, all three villages nested in the serra de Sintra surroundings. Through the Rota do Litoral do Guincho – PR4 CSC (Guincho Coastal Trail) you will enjoy the view from the coastal cliffs between the beaches of Abano and Grota, and the Fort of Guincho, as well as get to know the villages of Charneca and Malveira da Serra and the valley of Ribeira da Foz do Guincho (a creek). When you decide to follow these trails, don’t Forget to reserve your Cascais Genial Picnic to take with you in our special backpack. BOOK PICNIC
April 6, 2021
Serra de Sintra (Sintra Mountain Range) and its seashore is an area of great ecological and cultural interest due to its geomorphological and landscape characteristics. Most of the natural heritage of Cascais is located on the western side of the municipality, inside this natural park, created in 1994 and with an area over 36 000 acres. The park has a great variety of wildlife, namely 200 species of vertebrates. BOOK PICNIC
April 5, 2021
CASCAIS / GUINCHO. Sanderling, common ringed plover and European stonechat are among the birds you may watch in the Guincho-Cresmina dunes. Visitors follow a trail through the dunar system walking with the help of information panels spread across three wooden walkways that connect Areia road to Praia do Guincho, in a total of 2,2 kilometers. Take a pair of binoculars with you, for a more accurate observation. The sea breeze and the sand glow are your companions in these trails, as well as the local flora, such as the Armeria welwitschii or the Sabina turbinata, and fauna, namely insects and reptiles that form a singular ecosystem whose survival depends on the balance of the Guincho dunes. The area of the dunes grows 100 meters each year. BOOK PICNIC
April 4, 2021
CASCAIS. Rent a bike in one of the BiCas (Bicicletas de Cascais) station, located near the Cascais Railway Station, the Casa da Guia or the Posto de Informação de Turismo da Natureza, right in front of Casa das Histórias Paula Rego (the Museum), and ride along the bicycle lane to the Cresmina Dunes, in Guincho. There are several types of bikes, including one with a children trailer. You may leave from the Eco-cabana, the Nature Tourism Office of Cascais, an eco-friendly house that won a Prize (Ideias Verdes Água de Luso – Expresso), and ride to the Santa Marta cove. Cross the beautiful stone bridge, form where you will spot Casa de Santa Maria, the Santa Marta Lighthouse and the Condes de Castro Guimarães Museum. Hop on your bike and ride to Boca do Inferno, to admire the breath-taking sea rolling against the grottoes. From there, proceed in the bike lane to Guincho, riding for 9 km, always in the company of the sea, stopping whenever if feel like admiring the landscape. Enjoy the ride, but take a break to eat your Genial Picnic by the sea. BOOK PICNIC
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