The Alentejo is a beautiful and diverse region, offering visitors a glimpse of rural life in one of Europe’s most undiscovered regions. From open grassland and cork forest to fortified medieval towns, vineyards and great cuisine, there is lots to keep inquisitive visitors busy.
On the farm
Guests are welcome to walk on the estate, exploring our vineyards and cork forests and there are some lovely spots for picnics. The surrounding cork forests are a haven for flora and fauna and depending on the season there are opportunities for bird watching and interesting nature walks. As a working farm, Passareiro also offers guests the chance to observe and take part in traditional farm activities. Visitors in late May or June can see the ancient and unique process of cork stripping and late September is the time for grape harvesting. Early spring is lambing season when the fields come alive with wildflowers.
In the Area
Nearby there is the village of Boa Fé where there is a beautiful 18th Century church and the village shop and bar “O banha” is like stepping back in time. In August, the church becomes the focal point for the lively three-day local “festa”, with traditional games, processions and evening dances in the cobbled square. About 25 minutes by car is the UNESCO World Heritage town of Evora, with its cobbled streets, white-washed houses and Roman ruins, including the spectacularly well-preserved temple of Diana. Evora is a charming university town with plenty of shops and restaurants. Within easy reach are several other historic towns such as Reguengos and Estremoz which are also well worth visiting. Additionally there are several prehistoric caves and sites to be explored.
There are a range of other activities and special interests in the area, below are just a few ideas but if you are looking for anything else please contact us and we will be happy to arrange something for you.
As a major wine producing area, the Alentejo has plenty to offer if you are interested in wine. We can organise private tastings at some of the best producing farms in the area and recommend other great wineries to visit.
Horse-riding, Biking and Nature Walks
There are several horse-riding, biking and walking trails to explore in the area, please ask for more information. We work closely with Cycling Centuries who know the area very well and can provide customised routes for our guests, taking in the best the region has to offer.
Restaurants and Handicrafts
Depending on your requirements, we can recommend good restaurants and places to buy quality handicrafts in the area. Naïve hand painted pottery is particularly popular and typical of the region.