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Iberia Uncovered

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12 days from £2175 per person based upon twin share

This immersive tour is a gastronomic delight that takes you deep into two of the most undiscovered regions of Portugal and Spain. In the company of our handpicked guides, you will really get under the skin of these historic and fascinating countries.

Our first destination is in the Portuguese region of Alentejo. Here you will find golden plains, rolling hillsides and lime-green vines. The landscape is dotted with traditional whitewashed villages, marble towns and majestic medieval cities. You will also encounter a proud, if somewhat melancholic people, who cling valiantly to their traditions and crafts. Alentejo is THE destination for traditional Portuguese food. Gastronomic delights are plentiful, with pork, game, bread, cheese and wine featuring heavily. Bird life and rare plants are prolific, and walking opportunities abound.

From here, we take you across the border into the Spanish region of Aracena and the very heart of the Parque Natural Sierra de Aracena. This is undoubtedly one of Spain’s most beautiful and unspoiled mountain regions, offering a rich Moorish heritage, splendid scenery, unique cuisine, charming villages and an easy pace of life. It is traditional Andalucía at its very best. Spend your days exploring cobbled paths and ancient mule tracks that meander through the pretty, wooded hillsides, linking together a series of charming, whitewashed villages. In the evenings, dine on some of Spain’s most celebrated delicacies. Aracena is home to the prized Iberian black-footed pig, the pata negra. During the autumn, this special breed is let loose to range free in the forests, to forage for and feast on the acorns that fall from the oak trees. The hams are salted and left to cure in dark caverns for a year and a half, to become the delicious jamon iberico, a ham fit for royalty!

Finally, you will journey to Seville, a vibrant city bursting with antique charm and a fitting finale to this unique gastro adventure!

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This is just a suggested Itinerary. Please speak to our experienced consultants who can tailor make this trip to your needs.

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HIGHLIGHTS

•   Learn about Portugal’s history and heritage as you discover unknown chapels, a prison transformed into a restaurant and several convents decorated with magnificent tiles and frescos

•   Originally founded by Julius Caesar and later fortified by the Moors, Évora boasts some fine historic monuments, including the Diana Temple which is widely regarded as the best preserved Roman structure on the Iberian Peninsula

•   With its amazing 17th century walls, Elvas is known as “The Key of the Kingdom” and is still a town rarely visited by tourists

SAMPLE INCLUSIONS

These are just suggested inclusions. Please speak to our experienced consultants who can tailor make this trip to your needs.

Meals
11 x breakfasts, 5 x lunch, 9 x dinner

Accommodation
Hotels x 11 nights

Transport
Private vehicle

Sample Itinerary & Notes

Upon arrival at Lisbon’s Portela Airport (LIS), you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your accommodation in Estremoz (approx. 2 hours). Once you reach Estremoz check in to your hotel and meet your local guide who will be escorting you throughout the Portuguese section of the tour. The rest of the day is free for you to relax and explore at your own pace.

The sleepy but highly appealing walled market town of Estremoz lies in the centre of a district rich in marble quarries. The material is used extensively in the area, and as a result, Estremoz is frequently referred to as “The White Town”. Its unique medieval marble tower is an excellent example of architectural influences in the region.

For the next three nights you will be staying in the historic Pousada Castelo de Estremoz, a magnificent castle built by King Dom Dinis for Queen Santa Isabel in the 13th century. This luxurious hotel offers panoramic views across Estremoz and the Alentejana lowlands. Located in the historic town centre, it is the perfect spot from which to discover the town on foot. The property is surrounded by beautiful gardens, welcoming terraces and a superb outdoor pool. Inside, the vaulted ceilings, tapestries, colonnades and splendid halls speak directly of the history that is ingrained into this building. The air conditioned rooms are spacious and grandly adorned with period décor, canopied beds, mini bar, LCD TV and free Wi-Fi.

This evening you will enjoy a sumptuous dinner in the majesty of this ancient palace.

Accommodation

Pousada Castelo de Estremoz

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