Delectable Portugal in Historic Évora

The Alentejo Region stretches from the Tagus River at Lisbon south to the Algarve. Its terracotta earth is covered in wheat fields and bordered by rows of olive trees marching up and down the rolling hills like Roman centurions. Dotting the hillsides, white washed villages and towns appear, crowned by castles. The ancients left their megaliths, the Romans their aqueducts, the Portuguese a wealth of architecture from Gothic to Baroque. Some of the ancient arts and crafts are still practiced in this region today.In the Alentejo, the cooking and wine-making reflect the region’s rich culinary traditions. In the spring, the Alentejo is carpeted in wildflowers. In the summer, wheat, oats, and sunflowers blanket the fields, and in the autumn, the air is filled with the smell of grapes and olives ripening. This stunning area covers a third of Portugal, but yet is home to only seven percent of the country’s population. And in the heart of this unspoiled countryside is the charming capital town of Evora, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The elegant town is considered a museum city, shaped as it is by more than 20 centuries of history. It was once the residence of Portuguese kings in the 15th century, the beginning of the town’s golden age

Delectable Portugal in Historic Évora Trip Details

Included in the 6-Night Trip

Accommodations

6 nights accommodation in superior room at the 4* Mar de Ar Murlhas (or similar)

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 5 lunches
  • 3 dinners
  • Local wine included with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

Your 5 cooking classes will be at the cooking atelier of the lovely Sofia, your guide and instructor. Portuguese cuisine is simple, characterized by a rich variety of regional dishes. Gathering herbs and produce from the local markets and pairing them with timeless recipes, cooks of all levels can roll up their sleeves in the kitchen and prepare a variety of succulent Mediterranean dishes influenced by this historic region. Olive oil, garlic, cilantro, parsley, onions, bayleaf, paprika, pepper, rosemary, leek, spinach, lamb, pork, codfish, seabass and dogfish are some of our main ingredients. Your classes will focus on Portuguese home cooking and will include:

  • An introduction to Portuguese seasonings and traditions
  • Fish and olive oil in Portuguese cuisine
  • Local produce from the Alentejo
  • Aromatic herbs in Portuguese cooking

Excursions

  • Visit to a local wine estate and to Monsaraz
  • Guided visit of Evora
  • Marble and cork area, including Vila Viçosa in northern Alentejo and Estremoz
  • Visit to the megalithic cromeleque

Transfer Details

  • Roundtrip transfers from Lisbon (airport, train staiton, or city center). Please do not arrive after 4 pm or plan to depart Evora before 9 am. (Late and early transfer will necessitate a special transfer at a cost of 150 Euros.)

Included in the 4-Night Trip

Accommodations

4 nights accommodation in superior room at the 4* Mar de Ar Murlhas (or similar)

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • 4 lunches
  • 2 dinners
  • Local wine included with all included meals

Classes & Instructors

Your 3 cooking classes will be at the cooking atelier of the lovely Sofia, your guide and instructor. Portuguese cuisine is simple, characterized by a rich variety of regional dishes. Gathering herbs and produce from the local markets and pairing them with timeless recipes, cooks of all levels can roll up their sleeves in the kitchen and prepare a variety of succulent Mediterranean dishes influenced by this historic region. Olive oil, garlic, cilantro, parsley, onions, bayleaf, paprika, pepper, rosemary, leek, spinach, lamb, pork, codfish, seabass and dogfish are some of our main ingredients. Your classes will focus on Portuguese home cooking and will include:

  • An introduction to Portuguese seasonings and traditions
  • Fish and olive oil in Portuguese cuisine
  • Local produce from the Alentejo

Excursions

  • Visit to a local wine estate and to Monsaraz
  • Guided visit of Evora
  • Marble and cork area, including Vila Viçosa in northern Alentejo and Estremoz

Transfer Details

  • Roundtrip transfers from Lisbon (airport, train staiton, or city center). Please do not arrive after 4 pm or plan to depart Evora before 9 am. (Late and early transfer will necessitate a special transfer at a cost of 150 Euros.)