Nearby activities 2018-04-17T08:32:09+00:00

Nearby activities

Herdade Pero Viegas is situated in the renowned and beautiful Alentejo region, famous for its long heritage of Lusitano and bull breeding, its cork, olive groves and exceptional wines. Alentejo is a scarcely populated region with quite open horizons, where the rhythm of life follows the idle sound of regional songs. Here you’ll find a small selection of what our surroundings have to offer.

Boat trip on the “Barragem do Maranhão”

This wonderful boat trip takes about 90 minutes and includes drinks, cheese and sausage tapas. Even a swim in the lake is possible. During the summer sunset trips are most common, during the winter season the trips are organized in the afternoon. The lake “Barragem de Maranhão” is known to be one of Alentejo’s most beautiful and even Olympic canoeists use to come here for training.

The boat trip starts at Casa da Moira in Avis.

Costs per person: 15 €

Distance from the farm: about 7 km

Wine and regional product tasting at Sociedade Agrícola Monte Barrão

Taste one of the best Portuguese wines from Alentejo and book a wine tasting accompanied by regional products at the Sociedade Agrícola Monte Barrão. The Herdade do Monte Barrão has belonged to the Borges family since the 14th century and produces wine, olive oil, black pork sausages, cured sheep cheeses and mature beef. The white and red wine made under the Monte Barrão label at the Terras d’Alter winery is sold as: Barrão (white and red), BIB Monte Barrão (red) and Monte Barrão Reserva (red).

Day trip to the historical town of Évora

Visiting the storied walled city of Évora is definitely worth a day trip. The capital of Portugal’s Upper Alentejo region today has been designated a Unesco World Heritage Site for its stunning combination of Roman, Gothic and Baroque and is shaped by 20 centuries of history. One of the most extraordinary sites in the city is the Capela dos Ossos, or Chapel of Bones, at the Church of San Francisco located at the southern edge of the old town. Wander through the narrow, winding streets inside the 17th century walls surrounding the town; visit the famous medieval cathedral and enjoy the architecture of the many convents and palaces. Have a traditional Alentejan lunch at one of the many lively restaurants. The town’s surroundings offer Neolithic monuments and rustic vineyards, perfect for a wine tasting.

Distance from the farm: about 74 km

A glimpse behind the “Coudelaria de Alter”

A must-do is a guided tour of the royal stud farm Alter Real. The “Coudelaria de Alter” was founded in 1748 by King João V with the aim of serving the royal stables and the Picaria Real with horses. The walled estate of approximately 800 hectares has a remarkable natural heritage of great scenic value in terms of flora and fauna. Today, the bay horses bred by one of the oldest public stud farms in the world, dance and shine at the Portuguese School of Equestrian Art.

Take the chance to make a carriage tour, to watch the mares and foals grazing and visit the riding schools, stables and museum, where you can learn more about the history of the stud farm. Every year, on April 24th, the stud organizes its traditional horse auction.

Visits: from Tuesdays to Sundays either at 11:00 am or 3:00 pm (closed on 24.12., 25.12. and 1.1.)

Price guided tour: about 7.50 €

Carriage rides: as of 15 € (min. 2 persons)

Distance from the farm: 36 km

Discover Ponte de Sor

Ponte de Sor is a rural town, appearing rather quiet and unassuming. But there’s always something to discover or visit. Along the river banks of the river Sor, a range of sports and leisure facilities can be found, including a tennis court, municipal swimming pools, gym, a sport fishing track and the possibility of renting canoes. In the Arts and Cultural Centre you can see the largest mosaic in the world made of approximately 400.000 cork stoppers.

A must-try are the traditional dishes such as lamb stew, pork specialties, migas (leftover bread, refried) cooked with pork and wild asparagus, honey cake or the typical Boleima of Ponte de Sor and many more.

Distance from the farm: 22 km