The old arts and traditions in Monsaraz
Be welcomed by Maria who will introduce you to the history, legends and traditions of Monsaraz. This medieval town surprises at every corner and nook not only for its historical richness, for the architectural beauty of its heritage, but also for the surprising landscape that it provides at each step over the lake of Alqueva and the beautiful Alentejo plains. You cannot miss the sunset in Monsaraz. An unforgettable experience. At night give yourself time to discover the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve and star gazing at this unique sky full of stars, planets and other cosmological phenomena. More than visiting the beautiful village of Monsaraz, immerse yourself in two of its oldest traditions: the production of the wine aged in clay amphorae, discovering the characteristics flavours of this old way of making wine; find out all about ancient ceramic production methods and put your hands in the clay to create your own piece.
Day 1: We invite to make a walk on this medieval village that stopped in time and find the incomparable beauty.
Admire the tones of the earth and the harsh air of the schist stone are contrasted by the whiteness and plume of the whitewashed houses. At the top of this steep slope, within walls as old as the age, there is a very own character where legends, memories, traditions and ancient knowledge are preserved. But also for the landscapes you can see from the top of the hill.
Along the way take the opportunity to see the “Fresco” Museum and the castle. Have a look into the cistern of Monsaraz - legend has it that it was built on the site where there was a Muslim mosque.
The tour of the village ends with the taste of the famous liqueur produced in this region – the Alentejo wine - paired with some of the delicacies of the local products.
For dinner we suggest a restaurant located in an old olive mill, where is possible to consolidate the good Alentejo food with a museum and art gallery.
Day 2: In the morning, know and taste Alentejo nectars, in one of the most unique and unusual wine cellars in the country. This is a perfect place to witness the marriage of old - a tradition initiated by the Romans over 2000 years ago - and new and to learn more about some exceptional wines. This very special wine cellars still wine aged in clay amphorae, a fermentation method as rare as it is old. Discover the characteristics flavors of this old way of making wine Through the Portuguese wines you will explore your senses with new fragrances and flavours, creating new memories. An experience that will give you a more profound knowledge about Portuguese wine and its traditions. Then come and discover a tradition of long centuries in Alentejo. Located in an old olive oil press, this XIX century weaving factory also serves as a museum to some of the old “mantas” (blankets) made in Reguengos, recovered over the years. The factory still uses handlooms that are more than a century old. Blankets were used for many years by shepherds to protect themselves from the cold when guarding the herds in the field. Currently, weavers unite fidelity to existing standards to fashion trends and the tastes of the client. When you enter there, the weight of history brings you back to past decades. It is a reflection of all the work of the owners and their weavers have done: the extension of a memory that cannot be lost.