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Things to do in Portugal

Once upon a time there was a small country, but something changed. The world seems to be wanting to know Portugal and all the nature, beaches, magical cities and the landscapes that move or more travelers, Portugueses or Tourists who experience.

Here it´s the list of ” Things to do in Portugal ” behind the touristic places:

Wine Tasting Tours

The past is known in terms of collective memory. The very notion of identity is linked to that which endures, to what distinguishes and to what is remembered. So, in this context, we invite you to take a short journey through the History of Vine and Wine in Portugal!

Book a guided tour of the best wineries, caves and farms and wine tastings in the best wine regions of Portugal.

Wine Tasting in a 19th-Century Winery

This company was established by Abel Pereira da Fonseca in 1926 to administrate the estates that he owned in the region of Bombarral since the beginning of the century,still belonging to the same family.

He planted his first stand-alone vineyards (i.e. vines with no other fruit tree in between) aligned and wired, which was considered very innovating at the time, as there were no tractors. Vineyards were divided into plots, each planted with one sole variety (which was also new at the time). He introduced new varieties. In a separate plot and he planted 30 different varieties to study their adaptability.

The Wine

Grapes from our producer are used to produce a lot of wines. Vineyards are planted on gentle slopes of sandy-clay soils.

The varieties found on these vineyards are: 

  • White – Moscatel Graúdo, Sauvignon Blanc, Vital and Verdelho
  • Red – Castelão, Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Aragonez, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon

Golden Grape Tour

Golden Grape Farm has been the scene of battles during the French invasions, and has 3 decades of history of wine production.

The winery has been designed to work the old-fashioned wines with the latest technology. The best grapes ferment in traditional granite wineries. Through the process of maceration and reassembly, with the traditional step on foot, it is possible to extract the compounds of the grape that most interest.

Aware of the responsibility and the environmental impact of the farm, the grapes are organic, without the use of chemicals. Vineyards, orchards, olive groves and hives, fit into a biological production mode, resulting in wine, olive oil and honey with intense and exquisite flavours.

Here the tradition of old-fashioned wine is kept alive. With the technique that the Romans brought over 2,000 years ago, we produce wine from amphora, better known in the Alentejo region, as wine to the carving.

Farm-to-table Tours

Farm-to-table offer comprehensive hands on experience designed to teach you to make splendid Portuguese food covering basic cooking techniques and inspire you with recipes that are authentic and traditional.

Cooking classes are fun to attend. You can learn new dishes, make new friends, and take home new techniques and ideas to make cooking at home more enjoyable. You can carefully select the ingredients so you will be able to do it yourself and to prepare all the recipes easily.

Shiitake Mushroom Farm Tour

Visit a shiitake mushroom farm, learn how to make it, pick it up yourself, and in the end indulge yourself with a tasting. You will arrive at the mushroom farm and you will be introduced to the farmer. After the presentation, you will walk through the farm to see the shiitake mushrooms and all the equipment and special techniques for harvesting. This is a true experience, so you will have a workshop about ” mushroom inoculation” and you will pick your own shiitake mushrooms.

The farmer will teach you how to taste shiitake mushrooms, and explain what makes good mushrooms —and what makes the bad stuff, too. During the lunch on the farm, you will see all the mushrooms dishes: risotto and homemade sauteed. You will end this day with a wealth of knowledge about production techniques, history, and the freshness, intensity, and variety that high-quality mushrooms can offer.

Snail Farm Tour

Want to know the life of snails? Come and take a guided tour of a snail production and get a closer look at how they live and how they feed. You will arrive at the snail farm and we will introduce you to the farmer. After the presentation, we will walk through the farm to see the snails and all the equipment and special techniques. We will see the snail nursery where they produce the “caviar” that are much appreciated by many countries. This is a true experience, so you will pick some snails. The farmer will teach you how to taste snails and explain what makes good snails —and what makes the bad stuff, too. To finish our experience we will have a great lunch in the farm (optional), and we will taste an easy and savory Portuguese recipe.

Organic Figs Farm Tour

Come explore the region of Ribatejo just an hour away from Lisbon. Enjoy a day in the true Portuguese countryside while learning about a new agriculture movement focused mainly on sustainability!

The farm is committed to the sustainable production of healthy food in accordance with ethical principles. We are certified organic since 2004 and is recently in the process of converting to permaculture.

A variety of vegetables, herbs and eggs are produced weekly. The orchard of fig trees dominates the space with a succession of agroforestry zones where traditional Olive and Cork trees are present.

Learn about the challenges of transforming a historically beans farm with little biodiversity into a new take on farming. Where while remaining faithful to the local ecosystem and Flora, new and innovative farming methods are being explored. See by yourself how the implementation of regenerative practices has increased the soil fertility and the impact it has on local biodiversity.

 

Olive Oil Tours

The Olive Oil experience is a culinary activity where olive oil plays the starring role. It consists of a visit to the olive groves and the olive mill, and to pick olives directly from the tree. Visit a olive oil farm, learn how to make it, pick it up yourself, and in the end indulge yourself with a tasting. You will arrive at the farm and we will introduce you to the farmer. After the presentation, we will walk through the farm to see the olives trees and all the equipment and special techniques for harvesting. This is a true experience, so you will pick olives direclty from the tree. After we will be in a olive mill, and you will see all the process of transformation. We will lunch in the farm, and you will taste a some recipes with olive oil of the farm.

Olive Oil Farm Tour

You will arrive at the olive oil farm and we will introduce you to the farmer. He will tell you the story of the farm. After the presentation, we will walk through the farm to see the olives trees and all the equipment and special techniques for harvesting. This is a true experience, so you will pick your olives (if its the season). The farmer will teach you how to taste olive oil, and explain what makes good olive oil —and what makes the bad stuff, too. During the lunch on the farm, you will see and taste the olive oil, how to do it and taste all the products of Alentejo region.

Animals Tours

A curated selection of eco-friendly wildlife tours that place animal protection at the top of their agenda.

Beekeeping Tour

Our Farmer is a local beekeeper. Her passion for bees began when she was seven and the grandfather took her for the first time to the apiary. She is the 4th generation beekeeper and she really enjoy sharing the knowledge and experience about bees and beekeeping with others.

What you will do: After introductions, you will learn about how bees live, work and make honey. This a hands-on experience where you will put on a bee suit and have an up close look at the hives. You´ll hold a frame of bees and identify workers and drones and try to find the Queen bee. You´ll learn about the importante of the bees for the planet. You´ll taste different types of honey paired with homemade snacks.

Where you will be: your adventure starts at the courtyard at the farm. Then you´ll suit up and walk over to the apiary which is about 200 meters away. After the visit to the apiary will head back to the courtyard for drinks and snacks.

Fruits Tour

Walk through a conventional farm and get to know its fruits, with all the techniques. Explore the fruits of Portugal and book a fruit tour!

Strawberry Farm Tour

Our Producer 
Our main objective is to produce and sell natural products of high quality and excellence. There are two strawberry ranges in production, both of which offer a guarantee of quality in taste, combined with the taste of the palate, which adds the visual taste through the superior shape and size for incorporation in professional preparation, restoration or in high quality confectionery.

The Strawberries
Strawberry is a member of the Rosaceae (Rose) family and goes by the scientific name of Fragaria x ananassa. The letter “x” in its name indicates that strawberry is of hybrid origin and, in the case of strawberry, of two different species. The origin of that hybridization is very interesting and involves a Pan American union that occurred in Europe. Our farmer use the camarosa strawberry, an early short day variety that produces large to very large, firm, deep red fruit.

Benefits
Called “the queen of fruits”, the health benefits of strawberries include improved eye care, proper brain function, relief from high blood pressure, arthritis, gout, and various cardiovascular diseases. The impressive polyphenolic antioxidants content of strawberries make them good for improving the immune system, preventing against various types of cancers and for reducing the signs of premature aging.

Raspberries Farm Tour

You will arrive at the raspberry farm and we will introduce you to the farmer. He will tell you all about the story of the farm. After the presentation, you will walk through the farm to see the raspberries trees and all the equipment and special techniques for harvesting. This is a true experience, so you will pick your own raspberries. The farmer will teach you how to taste raspberries, and explain what makes good raspberries —and what makes the bad stuff, too. During the degustation on the farm, you will see all the raspberries jam, sweets, and drinks. You will end this day with a wealth of knowledge about production techniques, history, and the freshness, intensity, and variety that high-quality raspberries can offer.

 

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