Travel with us to pick olives in Alentejo (Portugal) at Dolce-partner Vale de Arca!
23 oktober, 2017
From 23 to 25 October 2017 we are heading to diverse Portugal. We will have lunch in the rice fields, enjoy some culture, taste fabulous wines, sample culinary Portuguese delicacies and learn all about the olive harvest. A trip not to be missed for those who appreciate conviviality, gastronomy and a good amount of product knowledge.
-Single room: 1150 €
-Double room: 998 €
These prices are inclusive of return flights from Brussels and the full 3-day programme on an all-inclusive basis.
*Depending on the date of booking, the price of the flight can change. Dolce retains the right to change the programme in order to offer its participants as optimum an experience as possible.
For more information: Jan@dolcemagazine.be or 0474/54 04 66
Day 1 – Monday 23 October
-Flight: Tap Airways Brussels – Lisbon: departure 6.20 am/arrival 8.05 am
-Transfer to Comporta
Aperitif on the beach with local specialities
Departure to restaurant Museo do Arroz at the domain Herdade de Comporta where we will have lunch amongst the rice fields. Herdade de Comporta is located in a fantastic nature area on the south west coast of Portugal, surrounded by sea, island and rice fields and has as main objective to develop as a quality touristic destination and a model for sustainable development in Europe.
Departure to Alcácer do Sal where we will be welcomed by the mayor and where we will visit the museum and the poussada. Alcácer do Sal is gracefully located on the right bank of the Sado river and extends over a small hill. The village has been inhabited since ancient times and this is confirmed by the archaeological remnants found in the area, dating from Neolithic times, which reveal the presence of Greeks, Phoenicians and other people from the Mediterranean.
Wine degustation with José Mota Capitao at Herdade do Portocarro, located between the Setúbal and Évora districts. This vineyard produces exciting wines with respect for nature. The vineyards of Portocarro, first planted in 2002, are located at the highest point in the region on the north bank of the River Sado and face south, benefitting from many hours of sunshine and good drainage. The philosophy of the owner and wine maker José da Mota Capitão is one of minimal intervention. The first wines of the wine house were considered as the most valued wines in Portugal and they can be found on the wine lists of Michelin star restaurants.
Departure to hotel Vale do Gaio Inn, the perfect location for those who value the region’s culinary delights.
Welcome by Vasco, the sympathetic hotel owner
Aperitif and dinner
Day 2 – Tuesday 24 October
-Breakfast with a fabulous view on the dam
We travel with jeeps to the Herdade de Vale de Arca where we will be welcomed by the owner. Herdade Vale de Arca was the hunting ground of King Carlos I and his court. The characteristics of the soil and the climate offer exceptional circumstances for the production of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Moreover, new olive trees were planted near the two dams, providing irrigation throughout the year. Owner Manuel Fernandes Magelhaese and professor José Gouveia will tell us all about the types of olives, picking and pressing, tasting and storing.
-Lunch at the farm with the local authorities of Alentejo
-Relaxing late afternoon near the river and dinner in Vale de Gaio
Day 3 – Wednesday 25 October
-Breakfast and departure to Lisbon.
- 11.35 pm
Arrival in Brussels