In this full-day private tour of Borba, Vila Vicosa, Badajoz, Elvas, and Arraiolos we begin by crossing the bridge ‘Vasco da Gama’ over the Tagus river, and we enjoy a marvellous view. Stop in Borba (known for its castle), for its local delicacies and famous wine produced here. Borba is also famous for its marble which has been used in buildings all over the country and rest of the world. All streets in Borba are paved with marble and it has significant signs of architectural importance all over town like bell towers, doorways, baroque fountains, ironwork grids, loggias, ramparts, windows, stairways, and most of all the chimneys, which in Borba are made with exquisite design.
The life of the town revolves around the Praca Cinco de Outubro with the town hall and parish church. Drink a glass of white or red wine along with some local cheese or sausage and continue to Vila Vicosa.
A jewel in the treasure chest of Alentejo, besides the marble which has also been the mainstay of the local economy. Vila Vicosa is often known as the marble capital and the beautiful quarried stone can be viewed in all forms of architecture; especially houses and palaces but also fountains, churches and convents. Here, in Vila Vicosa, every house looks perfectly whitewashed, window sills are always bursting with plants and flowers.
Stop at the Ducal Palace, the former residence of the Dukes of Braganza from the beginning of the 16th century. Within the fifty rooms open tot he public are housed precious private arts collections. The castle is also a truly imposing monument.
We cross the border and arrive to Badajoz in Spain. Different country, different language. A stroll around the historic quarter will reveal Arab walls, interesting monuments, as well as picturesque streets and porches – at the foot of the Alcazaba, arouns the square Plaza de San Jose and Plaza Alta. Another square, Plaza de Espana, houses the City Hall, and the cathedral of Badajoz.
In the area surrounding Plaza de Espana, one of the best places for Extremaduran cuisine is found. The cuisine of Badajoz includes ancient recipes made with local products, as well as others that have been brought from America, like paprika and potatoes. Tomato soup, roast lamb and fried trout are some of the dishes that should be serves with the excellent Iberian sausages. The wines should also have the label Designation of Origin – Ribera del Guadiana.
Before arriving to Lisbon we stop at Arraiolos, set in delightful surroundings on a low hill above the wide Alentejo plain, with magnificent views. See all this and more with your professional guide, who will show you only the best of the best.