This tour covers the regions of Moura, Serpa, and Beja and Cuba for a full day experience. We begin this tour by crossing the bridge of ‘Casco da Gama’ over the Tagus river, where we pause to enjoy a panoramic view of Lisbon. We then drive across the largest cork region in the world for an exciting journey into the past.
We arrive to Moura, a town famously characterized by being ‘a green oasis in the break of a sea of golden cornfields’. The architecture of this region is very classic and unique to the culture, the luminous whitewashed living quarters proof of architectural wealth and aesthetic innovation. The ones that stand out are the Roman and Arab traditions in design, and this area is famous for its oaks and olive trees.
Serpa is famous for its creamy cheeses, pork sausage and sweets, and is known for being a sleepy agricultural hotspot as a hilltop town of white houses called the White City. This area is very reminiscent of the Middle Ages. The small market town offers many intriguing sights that we will show you. There is also a castle and many old churches that have imposing but beautiful presence.
The most prominent historical structure is the medieval Castelo de Beja, being the tallest marble tower in Portugal and monument to ancient architecture and design. We will venture to the top to gaze across Beja and its golden plains. Many buildings in this area are whitewashed in the traditional Alentejano style, adorned with Moorish chimneys and intricate azulejo tiles. With its many fine old buildings and winding alleys lined with gleaming white houses, some of them with charming iron grilles, windows, doorways and covered arcades, make its old town well worth a visit on any tour of Portugal.
We will see these areas and more, with pauses for refreshments and food for this thorough private tour.