ENJOY RESERVA ALECRIMYou are really welcome.
How to get in Reserva:
From Lisbon you take about 1h30/2h in a very good road (about 130 km by high way).
Reserva Alecrim Amazing Glamping & Eco Suites Resort
Ademas, Santa Cruz Ademas, 7540-051 Santiago do Cacém, Portugal, 7540-051
You need help? +351 911 111 137
Where you will find yourself in the middle of nowhere surrounded by everything. We hope you have a beautiful stay and enjoy the stunning views.
Pre Check In - Before your arrival, we will send all the necessary information so that you can enjoy the maximum of your stay : our location and how to get here (google “Amazing Glamping”) ; all the experiences available so you can explore our region ; the gate access code and the Wifi password. Please call or text us 1 hour before your arrival so that we can be expect and plan your arrive. (Tel : + 351 911 111 137 )
Gate - is close during the night and sometimes during the day, to open it up you should dial the access code 9999 “left arrow” in the post display that you will find on the drivers side. Write the number on your mobile phone!
Wifi - Amazing Glamping (password: amazingglamping)
Breakfast - Our breakfast is not include and has a cost of 8.50€ per person. Upon your check-in you should request your breakfast basket and inform if want to be delivery everyday or upon your request during your stay. Please ask for your breakfast basket till 17h30 of the previous day. Falls you have any special request ( early breakfast or food allergies ) please inform the reception. The breakfast basket are delivery between 09h-10h00.
Children - Should always be accompanied by an adult when using the common areas : swimming pool, bio-Lake, etc. Reserva Alecrim is not responsible for any accident or damage caused within the property that is caused by third parties.
Bio Lake – Try our bio lake in the property and enjoy our beautiful views over the sea fill with an amazing sunset. Please respect the ecosystem that creates this water point where is not allowed to dive or swimming . Reserva Alecrim is not responsible for any accident or damage by third parties.
Infinity Pool - Enjoy our infinity pool and refresh yourself from all the Alentejo heat.Respect the safety rules of the pool and its users. Diving or swimming is not allowed. Children must always be accompanied by an adult. The Reserva Alecrim is not responsible for any accident or damage caused by third parties.
Pool Bar - Taste our delicious snacks served daily at the poolbar made with daily products and imagination, our wraps or salads are ideal to satisfy the hunger between the long swings or hanging out at the sunbeds. And by sunset it will be hard to say no to a glass of white wine or a Sangria that invite us to stay a little bit longer after the sun down. Open Time : 09h30 | Close Time: 22h
Parking - All parking spaces are marked with the respective unit names.Please park in the place assigned to your unit and please avoid parking outside the marked places. Hence we are inside residential area do not exceed 30km/hour.
Garbage - Please respect our nature surroundings by not littering our common areas. In each Dome you will find trash bins and on our Suites are also equipped with a small recycle bins( glass,paper and plastic).
Smoking - Our property is situated in a very sensitive ecosystem and for this reason it is forbidden to smoke in Reserva Alecrim inside or outside the units. If you still want to smoke please do it outside Reserva.
Tv- Just turn it on and will have access to the Portuguese open source channel
Checkout- By you departure, we would appreciate if you leave your keys in the reception.
We known our landscape is stunning and glamping never was so amazing like being inside our Reserva Alecrim. On the lazy days that enjoying our pool is the only program on the list, pamper yourself with some sweets for mind and soul connecting with nature or have a different workout at your private terrace.
Sweets for the Mind & Soul-Take a breath and feel the nature that surrounds Reserva Alecrim and book a yoga class, meditation or a massage inside our property. We work with the best profissional in the region to give you a experience that will make you never wanna leave us. Private class or in group you choose how you want to relax.
Price: Yoga class - 20€ | Meditation - since 25€ Massage on the terrace - 50€
Note: All the Mind & Soul booking required 24h
Boost for the Body - Being in holidays for the everyday sporty can be hard to find a place to exercise even if for a half an hour, lucky you we have a personal trainer that can keep that workout in shape. Get changed, prepared you sneakers and let the training begin. This session will be a known to remember, we promise you that!
Rent a Bike - Who doesn’t like to ride his bicycle or riding between the wheat fields uncovering new paths and places beyond our imagination. Grab your helmet and bike prepare yourself for a taste of freedom.
FOR ALL SERVICES PLEASE CALL +351 911 111 127 or visit the reception
WHAT TO DO IN THE SURRONDINGS
Our property is located between Santiago do Cacém and Vila Nova de Santo André, both city have a lot to offer and to discover, just decide how you want to spend your day and go for an adventure.
Where to eat:
Price range description : Prices from: $ - 5€ | $$ - 10€ | $$$ - 14€ | $$$$ - 20€
Just near (5 minutes driving)
Restaurant Monte da Vinhas - Within a 5 minute drive from Reserva Alecrim, this restaurant offers good quality, homemade at a fair price. The service is slow like everything in Alentejo, so don’t go in a hurry to eat and get to know the locals. Eels and angola chicken (a chicken variety) are house specialties, for those who like it a tomato soup is also a good choice or octopus salad. With your “bica” (expresso) ask for an “alcomonia”( a regional sweet made with flour and pine nut ) that are homemade at the restaurant by the home cook, although they can have a peculiar taste they are delicious and is a match in heaven with it.
Our suggestion: Fried cuttlefish or Clamshell “à bulhão pato”
Location: Ademas | Tel:269 826 104 | Price range:$$
Near (10 minutes driving)
Restaurant Tia Lena - One of the most well known restaurants in the area with typical alentejo cuisine, here you will taste good food like “Migas”(a traditional side dish made with bread mixed with local ingredients such as tomato, parsley or others) or “Cação” Soup and enjoy a nice service that can be long during summer ( locals love this restaurant!) but while you wait for a table enjoy a Gin since they are also a Gin Bar ( unique in the area), where you will find a variety of gins include the Alentejo Gin “Black Pig”. Like we say it here, be cool because we are at Alentejo, times here goes slowly, so lay back and enjoy the pace, soon you will be eating delicious food.
Our suggestion: Mixed of black pork meat
Location: Deixa-o-Resto (Estrada Nacional 261 km 39.10, 7500-018)
Tel:269 746 158 | Price range: $$
Note: No reservations allowed
One of my favorites
Restaurant Quinta do Giz- Our region is known for the good food and this restaurant serves regional dishes that are made with local ingredients and care. Their specialty is “Pot food” and will be hard to choose between the Seafood “Cataplana” or the “Lingueirão” rice. You will feel like one of the locals when eating here, the staff are dedicated and known they way around, and will be glad to recommend you any of their delicious regional dishes along with their house wine.Leaving without trying their traditional desserts like the “sericaia” or egg pudding, is a crime that you do not want to commit.
Our suggestion: Seafood Cataplana or Fish “Massada”
Location: Giz (Cavaleiro de Madima)
Tel: +351 269 751 426 | Price range:$$
Restaurant O Gatinho - Here pretentious is not even a known word of the vocabulary, this restaurant is more like a entity of the small town where is located along side with most of the “tascas” that are among the favorite places to eat around here. Drizzle with good mood, good house wine and welcoming service, don’t expect a “posh” waiter or space, but fresh ingredients and regional meals where the conversation can go for hours without you even notice time passing by. Ask for a table outside and share a laugh or two with your table neighbor and maybe even try a homemade “Medronho”( strong schnapps made with arbutus, an autochthonous plant) at back door before leaving. Grilled meat or fish are always available to share like the famous black pork meat -“plumas,secretos or lagartos”- , maybe a tasteful Codfish Stew or their daily dishes that will leave you with a heart full and a comfort belly for the rest of the day. Don’t forget to “kiss” the home cook before saying goodbye!
Our suggestion: Fried Fish with tomato rice or Lamb Stew
Location: Aldeia de Santo André (Foros do Cabeço)
Tel: +351 269 441 242 | Price range:$
Not Far: 15 minutes - Road to Lagoa de Santo Andre
Restaurant Cascalheira - One of the oldest restaurant in the area, Cascalheira is perfect to recharge your batteries for a pitstopwhile you drive along the region on your way to the lagoon of Santo André or going for a swim on the beautiful beaches nearby, like Praia de Melides ou Praia do Pego. Try their comfort and regional food or one of their specialty Piglet “à bairrada” way and Fried Eels. The home Cook most of the time will goes to your table, even if the service is hectic, just to give you a “kiss” and make sure you enjoyed your meal.This place is like going to grandma house to be taken care and feel loved,the perfect representation of Alentejo hospitality.
Our suggestion:Wreckfish “Massada” or Fried sole with rice
Location:Foros da Cascalheira(N261,Santiago do Cacém)
Tel: +351 269 751 426 | Price range:$$
Note: In summer time we recommend booking your table in advance
In Santiago city
Restaurant O Grelhador - Like the name says here most of the food is prepare on a charcoal grill and you can taste the smoky flavour of the meat or fish that is their specialty. The regional tavern with a wood decoration interior is a must go for the ones that love to eat grilled meat or fresh fish braised and enjoy some good laughs drizzled with their house wine. Here the service is very friendly and the waiter will make you feel at home and will be hard to leave this place, especially with a belly full of tasty and homemade food, choose the “Migas à Alentejana” or “Pork and Beans brazilian way” to have a picture of the happy marriage between Alentejo cuisine and brazilian food. Although they are a traditional restaurant that serves delicious portuguese food here you can also eat the traditional grilled meat of Brazil “Picanha” side dish with grilled fruit and everything that you deserve. Prepare yourself for a treat and welcome to Alentejo, where food is our gold.
Our suggestion: Grilled “Presa” (from black pig) or Octopus rice with shrimp
Location: Rua Camilo Castelo Branco,22-26 (Santiago do Cacém)
Tel: 269823513 | Price range:$$
Note: In summer time we recommend booking your table in advance
Restaurant Mercado à Mesa - The need of having a gastronomy restaurant where the local products had the main role was the motivation for the owners to enroll in this adventure and open a nice decorated dining place. Located on top of the local marketplace of Santiago do Cacém, the name says it all, the food here is from farm to table, where they get the best ingredients direct from the farmers and share a story of revitalise the old market and the regional cuisine with innovation and creativity. The view over the city you feel like being a part of the everyday life where rush is not allowed but instead a slow pace is mandatory. Being one of the oldest city of Portugal and Alentejo, here you will find regional dishes that take you back in history, try their Octopus “à Lagareiro” or the Roe Bread Stew (“Açorda de Ovas) that will delight all your senses. Being a hunter gives the owner the chance to have Game meat all year around providing the guest marvellous and tasty bush meat like the Pigeon Rice or Rabbit with white beans, be daring and have a taste. They are also behind the local festivity of “Tasquinhas Mercado à mesa” that happens every year staring middle of june till the end of july inside the marketplace, where they invite local restaurants to share good food,good mood and good music while enjoying the hot summer nights,be a part of the party where eating is all you have to do.
Our suggestion: The codfish with “broa” or Partridge Pie( signature dish)
Location:Rua de Moçambique,19 ( Santiago do Cacém)
Tel: 269 823 257 | Price range:$$$$
Note: Better to do a reservation
In Lagoa de Santo André (20 m driving)
Restaurant Chez Daniel - This restaurant is a piece of history of the Santo André Lagoon, the first location was right on the dunes of the beach and their main customers were the local fisherman's that dock their boats on the lagoon bank, in a time when the art of netz fishing was the main source of income for the people that lived there.The small shack was always full with fresh fish, eels and stories about the sea and their sailors, today you can meet the grandson (that will be your waiter) and the son of the founder, the home cook, that still keeps the traditional delicatesse like Fried Eels or Swordfish in a new and modern space just at the Costa de Santo André ( the official name of this forgotten fishermans paradise) village limits. This new venue incorporates good taste in decoration, privileged with natural light in a wide and open space, where you can find a good selection of Alentejo wines. Although they are just outside the village limits and near the road, you won’t regret the trip since they still have a beautiful view to the lagoon and the natural reserve and most important they keeped the old receipts (the daily dishes rely on sea moods) that was and still is the delight of the locals and everyone that stops for a visit during the weekends. Go for a day trip at the lagoon or the beach, enjoy the beautiful pink sunset and finish it with a meal full of flavours and history.
Our suggestion: Paio of Black Pork (Starter) or Pork Meat with clamps( traditional alentejo dish)
Location:Estrada Municipal 544(Lagoa de Santo André)
Tel: +351 269 749 779 | Price range: $$$
Note: Reservation required
In Sines (20 m driving)
One of my Favorits!
Restaurant Cais da Estação - If you appreciate having a nice dinner in a beautiful space, this restaurant is perfect for you. This is not your typical regional locale but a new way of eating everyday food with a combination of local fresh ingredients and modern cuisine. They are specialized in seafood and you have to try their Rock crab paté in a shell or the Shrimp cream, ask for a beer and relax enjoying the best seafood money can buy and let yourself go. In case you are a meat lover, here you will find your match, between “Picanha” or Beef Loins will be hard to choose, after lunch try to find a cork tree to sleep underneath, like most of the locals do, kick back whilst listening to the birds and the bees experiencing the best that Alentejo has to offer.
Our suggestion: Scallop and shrimp “Açorda” or Beef “Sloppy Joe”
Location:Sines(Av. Gen. Humberto Delgado,16)
Tel:+351 269 636 271 | Price range: $$$$
Note: Reservation required
Only for locals!!! Best choice!
Ask for the table in second floor near the window
Restaurant Restinguinha - With a privileged view over the Sines Bay, this restaurant offers a variety of grill fish and seafood. Don’t mind the old building where is located there is more than meets the eye and the fresh fish in the storefront will keep you busy while you decide between Sea Bass or Squids to enjoy with a cold beer or a “green” wine (vinho verde) for lunch. Sometimes the waiter seems like a open book to the local history of Sines, other times when the service is tight a big smile is all they can offer, but don’t take that personal and enjoy your meal, because the tasty food and the view are a good excuse for a road trip till Sines. After lunch,relax in the desert beach of Costa do Norte and let yourself absorb the quiet surroundings (since the sea can be a little bit ruf respect the ocean and beware of the sea currents) and relax while working on your tan and your peace of mind.
Our suggestion:Fish Stew or Grilled Sardines
Location: Rua Vasco da Gama (Sines)
Tel: +351 269 634 690 | Price range:$$$
Note: In summer time we recommend booking your table in advance
Just near the beach in Costa Alentejana
Restaurant “do Luís” - Enjoy a fresh fish or a Seafood rice and let yourself go to a place where time stopped.Meet the friendly staff and relish the regional food discovering new old ways of cuisine, ask for a table in the terrace and you will feel like you are at the beach, don’t mind with the ships or cars passing by, what matters is that your meal will taste amazing and will be a moment to remember.
Our suggestion: Seabass scaled or Clams rice with shrimps
Location: Praia de Morgavel(São Torpes)
Tel: 269 870 574 | Price range: $$$
Note: In summer time we recommend booking your table in advance
Restaurant Vegetarian Veg&Tal - Try a different sunday brunch and go vegan.But if brunch is not your kind of thing here you will also find menus full with homemade vegetarian food and fresh juice everyday for lunch and in the weekends ( friday and saturday ) they also serve dinner with creative and delicious vegan treats. How can a vegetarian restaurant survive in a region where meat is king?Go for a taste and try not to become vegetarian.
Our suggestion: Any veggie hamburger or vegan burritos
Location: Rua Teófilo Braga,29 (Sines)
Tel: +351 939 414 701 | Price range: $$
Note: reservation required for weekend dinners ( fridays and saturdays )
For Sushi lovers
Restaurante SASHIMI - If you are a sushi lover and can not spend one day without eating a nigiri or sashimi, this japanese restaurant is a must go. Located in Santo André is well known for his quality sushi and the locals can’t get enough of this all you can eat sushi buffet. Ask for a table, choose how many pieces you want and try not to bite more than you can eat.They also have available take away, in case you want to enjoy your sushi at the Reserva Alecrim under the stars: check their menu, decide what you want,place your order and pick up your sushi dreams at their place.Because once a sushi lover, forever a sushi addicted.
Our suggestion: All you can eat menu!
Location:Bairro das Torres, 1(Vila Nova de Santo André)
Price range:$$ | Tel: +351 925 740 887(also for take away orders)
Note:Please ask for your take away menu at the reception
For Pizza Addicts
Pizzeria Cosa Nostra - This family pizzeria opened in 2008 and soon became one of the best pizzeria in town and around because of their tasty and fine dough with the freshest ingredients and quality service.Don´t think because you are in Alentejo, that you have to pass a delicious pizza, the famous Pizza “cosa nostra” ou Pizza “campestre” are cooked in a wood oven and have a smoky and unique taste.But if you prefer Pasta they also have some famous italian course like Lasagna or Spaghetti del Mare. And the best of pizzeria Cosa Nostra is that you can book a table at their website for any of their four restaurants or enjoy your pizza here in the Reserva Alecrim, you just have to call, choose your pizza and pick up happiness in a box at their place in Santiago do Cacém, that is 14 minutes away from our amazing glamping spot.
Our suggestion: Garlic Bread or Pizza Cosa Hot
Location:Estrada de Santa Cruz, 43( Santiago do Cacém)
Tel:+351 269 182 896/ 269 098 064 (Take away orders) | Price range: $$
Note:In summer time we recommend booking your table in advance
Pizzeria Vera Italia - This Pizzeria was the first one to open in the modern village of Santo André, between restaurant and snack-bar this brought a breath of fresh air and diversity to the local food offers. Located on a small kind of “kiosk” is a cosy family restaurant where the wood oven is the fuel to every pizza that leave the kitchen. With a feeling of an italian restaurant, this pleasant pizzeria is perfect for a romantic dinner, lunch or a dinner night with friends.Word on the streets of Santo André is that they have a secret ingredient that make their pizzas taste like heaven and we think that secret ingredient is dedication and passion. From their famous Pizza Calzone to the Steak with coffee, we are sure that your first visit will turn into a second one but in case you want to enjoy your pizza in the quiet of Reserva Alecrim just order it online and pick up at their pizzeria.
Our suggestion: Pizza Alentejana or Spaghetti Al'tuna
Location: Av. de Santiago(Vila Nova de Santo André)
Tel: +351 269 708 700 | Price range:$$
Bom Remédio Café- Where dessert is the main dish and smoothies or fruit lemonades are the drink of the day. If you enjoy delicious pastry and bakery then you have to go and try one or two of this homemade cake and cookies, grab a slice and go enjoy it at the castle overviewing the beautiful bay of Sines, if you see Vasco da Gama (Famous Portuguese Sailor and a celebrity) share with him some photos but not the crumbs. Like they say, the best medicine is joy and cake.
Our suggestion: Daily homemade cake or pancakes
Location:Rua Cândido dos Reis (Sines)
Tel: +351 269 878 252 | Price range:$$
Ginger Café- This is our first Zero Waste café, where you will find healthy and very tasty vegan or raw food and desserts.From banana cake to açai bowls, it will be hard to choose, located on the city Park of Vila Nova de Santo André, bring a book or ask for one, take a walk till the lake,find a shadow and make yourself at home.If you are a eco-friendly take a look at their small shop of eco goodies and don’t buy too much.
Location: Parque Central, Bairro do Liceu (Vila Nova de Santo André)
Tel:+351 269 751 059 | Price range:$$
Note: Their sunday brunches is worthwhile and last till 14h00.
DAY TRIP ADVENTURES
Go around and enjoy the best of the region. Go to a beach and have a late lunch
From Reserva Alecrim - Melides - Aberta Nova - Carvalhal - Comporta - Carrasqueira
Beach: Galé | Carvalhal | Comporta
What to do: Arrozais | Comporta Winery | Horse riding
Winery Herdade da Comporta - Experience a landscape dominated by rice fields that get lost in dunes that protect them from the advance of the sea, along 12 kilometers of beach. Start by visiting the Rice Museum, enjoy the local fauna and flora, stroll through several villages and do not forget to stop by the cellar to see the wines produced there. A true ambassador of Herdade da Comporta.
Tel: +351 914 336 097 (Mariana)
Prices from 12€
Note: Wine tasting with local product has a increase of 5€ per person
Restaurant Museu do Arroz - How about experience a chic and glamorous dinner after the sun baths or lazy summer days? Just outside the village of Comporta sits one of the oldest, a local entity the famous Restaurant Museu do Arroz ( same owner as Ilha do Arroz) blending with the rice fields this old fabric, where the rice would be peeled, with sophisticated and modern decoration renew life to this historic building putting Comporta on everyone phone list. Since the first day the service and wonderful food are their trademark, along the years playing with creativity and dedication are the reflexition of hard work and exquisite taste. Don't be shy let yourself in, let the waiter take you to table at their terrace paint by rice fields and discovery the stories that this high ceiling walls are enchanting and the dinning room is listen. They also have a Sushi Lounge where you can be delight by japanese cultural in the middle of Alentejo and enjoy a temaki with the storks.
Our suggestion: Wildberries Caipirinha or Broth of “conquilhas (variety of clams)” with spinach
Location: N261,KM 0 (Comporta)
Tel:+ 351 265 497 555 | Price range: $$$$
Note: reservation required
In the beach. Very fency and trendy
Restaurant Ilha do Arroz - We are privileged to live here in the blue coast of Portugal and be surrounded by amazing restaurants that is always hard to choose or visit all of them, but don’t miss the chance to go for a road trip with the family or friends till Praia da Comporta and have lunch or dinner at this great beach restaurant (Can you imagine they open in 2002, before Comporta became the “must go” spot?) . Their terrace is on the dunes and have the best view over the blue crystal clear waters and Serra da Arrabida, so if you want to get the best sight don’t forget to book a table before your day trip. Prepare yourself for a relaxing and invited atmosphere while listening to good music and of course that being at the beach, we recommend the Mussel in sailors way or if you can wait to go for a swim try a tomato soup with a posh egg that will keep you going till sunset hour when you will be back at their terrace to appreciated it while enjoying one Caiprinha (or two).
Our suggestion: Padrón Pepper with salt or Magic mushrooms (not that kind)
Location: Praia da Comporta (Comporta)
Tel: + 351 265490510 | Price range: $$$$
Note: In summer time we recommend booking your table in advance
Restaurant Sal - Being a part of the landscape of Praia do Pego, this restaurant is a reference for everyone that visit the beach to eat fresh fish or just to chill while enjoy the beautiful views over the natural reserve where is located. This restaurant was renovated winning a new name and new management that is dedicated to provide a excellent service and a gastronomic experience to their guest. Like any restaurant at the beach their speciality are grilled fresh fish and seafood, combined regional dishes with a new interpretation of the portuguese cuisine. Spend the day between diving on the crystalline waters (they also rent sunbeds) and their terrace drinking a cold white wine from Herdade da Comporta that goes along perfectly with clams “à bulhão pato” or a cuttlefish black rice.
Our suggestion: Fish Soup with aioli and bread or a shot of “camarinha” with mint sauce
Location: Praia do Pego (Carvalhal)
Tel: +351 265390129 | Price range:$$$
Note: In summer time we recommend booking your table in advance
One of my favorits
Restaurant Granhão - A typical restaurant with all the features of a regional eating place, this site is perfect to have some “tapas” after a sunny day spend on the surrounding beaches. Here the local dishes are prepare with everyday ingredients to enjoy the delicatesse of the region while drink a “Sangria” or a cold beer in a relaxed atmosphere. Don’t think you will find a luxurious spot but instead simplicity and unpretentious food cook with care and tradition. Ask for a table in the terrace and mingled with locals while eating a MonkFish Rice or Cuttlefish “à algarvia”.
Our suggestion: Tomato fish soup with “Corvina” or Carb and figs cake
Location:Lagoa Formosa (Carvalhal)
Price range: $$
For Locals in Carvalhal Village
Snack-Bar Restaurant Pica Peixe - They are known for their variety of samosa that can you try all day even if they don´t have on the storefront, sit down order a beer and within minutes it will be served. This spot is more a snack bar than a restaurant and is perfect to for a bite before or after the beach. Located on the main street of Carvalhal is hard to miss, the home cook is the owner and was born in Mozambique, has a friendly smile for all the guest and is proud of the food that comes out of her kitchen. For the ones brave enough ask for the Grilled “Caracoletas”(escargots) or a Piglet Sandwich, share some good laughs and maybe some house wine with the locals.
Our suggestion: Curry crab or Roasted Beef Sandwich
Location: Avenida 18 Dezembro ( Carvalhal)
Price range: $$
From Reserva Alecrim - Porto Covo - Cercal - Vila Nova de Milfontes
Taska do Xico - Like every “tavern” in Portugal here you will find a mixture of friendly service and great portuguese food like fresh fish or the usual grilled meats. Besides the tasty food their best assets is the beautiful terrace overviewing the Porto Covo dock and you can have a glimpse of the everyday life of this fisherman's village. It’s a perfect pit stop before going south or while away for a day trip between Porto Covo and Ilha do Pessegueiro discovering the cliffs and canyon that picture our vicentina coast.
Our suggestion: Grilled Codfish or the typical “Pork Meat” à Alentejana
Location: Rua Cândido da Silva, 55 A ( Porto Covo)
Price range : $$ | Tel: +351 269905069
Note: If you want to have a table on the terrace, we recommend that you book in advance.
Restaurant Destilaria do Ferrador - An homage to her grandfather, this granddaughter (and owner) wanted to keep the memories and the old fabric where her grandfather used to work as a Farrier( Ferrador in Portuguese) transforming this old workshop in a regional restaurant and distillery here you will find a piece of family history as well from the village of São Luís. Located between the Mountain range of Cercal and the beaches of Vila Nova de Milfontes, is decorated with old instruments used in the old times and an alamabic where the famous alentejo “Medronho” is produce and taste. Enjoy yourself while listen to a different Fado sung and play by the owner boyfriend and sometimes even by her mother (when the service in the kitchen allows). Having lunch or dinner here feels like being around a typical “alentejana” family. Go for visit, let time goes by and uncover the richness of a forgotten Alentejo.
Our suggestion : Creamy cheese with “poejo”(mint herb from the region) or Wild boar Stew
Location: Largo do Mercado São Luís (São Luís)
Tel.: +351 916225398
BACK HOME! - Inside Nature outside Reserva Alecrim
Discover the surroundings of our property through our nature trails and explore an undiscovered Alentejo with pictorest scene and the chance of meeting some of the local farmers.
We mark 3 trails staring in the Reserva Alecrim that gives you the chance to tour around and find out beautiful, unknown landscape and views mixed of mountain range and beaches. Don’t be in a hurry, we love to take it slow and enjoy nature while losing ourselves in the “Montado”.
You can discover this trail auto-guided or guided, walking or biking, you choose how you want to explore our Alentejo. This trail is available in the App Wikiloc (you can find it in the Playstore) where you can downloaded and read it offline under the name :
Signs for ALL trails: ↰ Turn left ↱ Turn right ＝ good direction x Don't go
ROTA BREAD & HILL
Route Information: Tuesdays and fridays we practice the pace of Alentejo enjoying time passing causing some delicious delays and longer talks.
Extension: 6,6 km | Difficulty: Easy | Time: 1h walking / 25 minutes E-bike | High elevation : 217 m | Low elevation : 95 m
At the Portuguese table bread can not be lacking, and at the Alentejo table bread is king.Marco of Portuguese gastronomy and base of many typical dishes of the Alentejo province, Alentejo bread typically uses "old pasta" as yeast giving the characteristic acidic flavor and because no steam is used during the cooking, the crust has no brightness and it gains a crunchy and thick crust due to the long cooking at low temperatures. Marisa is a member of the 3.Generation of a typical Alentejo family that grew up in these lands, where the Alecrim Reserve is located, and keeping the family legacy alive by baking homemade bread every Tuesday and Friday in the centennial oven that is part of a tradition in almost every house in Alentejo had a family or community oven for baking bread, cakes and traditional dishes. Come discover this traditional art of making bread and go inside an artisan bakery with Marisa, the baker and also daughter of D. Maria who be happy to show us the daily life of Alentejo and his beauty . This route starts at the Alecrim Reserve with a circular circuit riding through the hills and outside roads getting “lost” through the cook tree and the colours of the wild flowers. Explore with our local host or rent a bike and go for a ride (you can also uncover the trial self guided following the trail at Wikiloc) through littles valleys and overview of Reserva Alecrim uncovering stunning sights of pure nature. During the circuit will identify the autochthonous plants that transform the mountain range into a beautiful frame of colors and flowers.
TRAIL OLIVE GROVE
Route Information: Finish the trail with a tasting at the Olive shop just next door to the Reserva Alecrim here you can meet Ana the responsible for the decoration and choosing some local products that are perfect souvenirs or tasty regional delicatesses, ask to smell one of their Olive soap that smells amazing.
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It was in 1906, on the property of "Parral Velho", located in the smallest parish of the Municipality of Santiago do Cacém, that Manuel João António Nunes fulfilled his dream of building an Olive Oil. At that time the olive was crushed by an animal-driven device and then placed in logs. These sheets were then stacked and squeezed in a press moved by human force, which resulted in the extraction of the olive oil. After more than a hundred years, Lagar do Parral continues to prove its ability to combine family tradition with technological advances always with the aim of producing a quality olive oil. We now have a modern extraction unit, where the processes are exclusively mechanical, and where we use technological solutions according to the highest quality criteria of the final product. Produced about 109 years ago, Parral Olive Oil combines quality of production with technological means suitable for the production of excellence.
Get your bike or go for a walk with us through the countryside with our local host and learn more about this ancient ingredient that is a part of the portuguese cuisine and culture.This ancient Olive “lagar” is a part of history in our region where they combined old traditions with modern knowledge without losing their character.During the circuit we will identify the autochthonous plants that transform our hills into a beautiful frame of colors and flowers.
Route Information: We recommend that you use comfortable clothes and shoes since the trail has somes parts that we cross some bramble or have to take the bike( in the you decide to by hand. Take the day to riding or walk through olive tree that never ends and try the best Gin around, Black Pig. At the end of the trail you can enjoy a nice Gin Tonic or a Mojito under the “Azinheira” after visiting the Distillery that got everyone drink Gin. Don’t drink too much, you still have to go back to your Amazing Glamping.
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Located near Vila Nova de Santo André, in the Municipality of Santiago do Cacém, the Black Pig Alentejo Distillery produces gin, rum and medronho brandy. Besides investing in production of booze, this farm also dedicates to breed the famous Black Pig, a fundamental element for the ecosystem of Montado Alentejano. After a tasting of Gin, Medronho or Rum, you can take a walk through the homestead, harvest the botanists use to aromatize the gin or interact with the farm animals.This trail begins at the main gate, learn a little more about our region in a small introduction to Alentejo and its hidden riches, dare to ride through the “lezirias” and unknown paths finishing with a robust and aromatic gin where the botanists of Montado play the main role.During the circuit we will identify the autochthonous plants that transform our hills into a beautiful frame of colors and flowers.
BEST EXPERIENCES AROUND
Badoca Safari Park-Experience a safari adventure and embark on an amazing journey having the feeling of being part of the diversity of wild africa. In this space,eighteen different species co-exist, with a total of about 230 animals, including: giraffe, orches, zebra, buffalo,ostrich, eland, kudu, impala, levies and wildebeest.
Location: Near Santiago do Cacém
Tel: + 351 269 708 850 | Prices since 14.90€ (children entrance)
Inside the park you can experience other activities such as African Rafting, Meet the Giraffes ( they have a new baby giraffe that was born in March ) or Interact with the Lemúres, this activities are not included in the entrance ticket and can be purchased at the ticket office.
Passeios a cavalo Melides - A 15 minute drive from the Reserve Alecrim, they have good and well maintained horses, super tame. The handlers and guides are very friendly and well pedagogical. They have beautiful walks next to the Lagoon of Melides staring on the pinewood uncovering new and smells overseeing the dunes in the horizonte and Melides beach, in the woods or on the beach, to the seaside or on the cliff, go for a ride and experience a new feeling of luxury.
Tel:+351 917 474 865 | Prices since 53 €
Note: Reservation with 24 hours in advance and others activities are available upon request. The horse riding last 1h45.
Cavalos na areia Comporta - Imagine yourself surrounded in a pinewood scenery and rice fields, in a place where nature show it’s beauty in still preserve natural habit that is Comporta.
Experience in a slow pace the countryside picture stunning views where man and nature live as one, your tour will be lead by a experience and caring guide that will show you all the secret spot hidden in Comporta (beach tour) and the surroundings hills (hills tour or countryside).Let's go for a horse ride and feel free?
Location: E.N. n°10 - Km 33,5 ( Quinta do Esteval )
Tel:+351 919 002 545 / +351 935 075 353 | Prices since 60 €
Note: reservation with 48 hours in advance
Diving school Ecoalga – Want to discover the bottom of the Alentejo coast? Then you’ve found the right place! Do your baptism dive, a dive or a course between the Cabo de Sines and Porto Covô and enjoy the marine ecosystem of the coast line of Alentejo and
Location:R. 25 de Abril,5C( Porto Covo)
Tel: +351 964 620 394 | Prices since 25 €
Surf School-Esla - One of the oldest surf schools in Alentejo and a pioneer in surf camps. They have great equipment,good instructors and a fun environment where you can learn how to surf or if you want stand up paddle is also on the cardapio. It is the ideal place for your children to enjoy or practise while you can quietly watch from the terrace of Restaurant Trinca Espinhas and enjoy a cold white wine with Oysters. A must!
Location: Beach of São Torpes
Tel:+351 925 660 163 | Prices since 30 €
Note: They have available in summertime (July-August) surf clinic for Kids with price since 100 €
Surf in Comporta - Stand Up Paddle - The perfect water sport to explore the lagoon of Melides or the ruins near Troia. Explore this beautiful preserve ecosystem and paddle away to an adventure full of fun and history guided by experience instructores that grow up in the region taking you to the secret spots that only the locals know.
Location: Praia do Carvalhal
Tel: +351 962475961/+351 967566192
Price: upon request
Kart Saki - International Kartódromo - Enjoy the fast pace with family or friends and take a ride on the wild side of Vila Nova de Santo André and be a driver for a day. Although the karts are not very fast or modern you will taste the adrenaline and fell like you are at the 24 hours de Le Mans.They have adaptable karts so that everybody can be a driver and feel the wind, it’s will be a fun day that is guaranteed.
Location: Vila Nova de Santo André
Tel:+351 269 708 75 | Price since 10 €
Winery Herdade do Cebolal - Travel in time while visiting this old winemakers, where you will be greet by Isabel or Luís ( 2. and 3. generation) for a beautiful and lovely tour through the winery and the garden that is Isabel’s ( Mother) favourite hobby and pride.This family-owned property has recently modernize the vineyards (recovering old grapes and planting new one), its facilities and inside the winery that gives you the feeling of being outside and a part of the vineyards. The particularity of the wine tasting in Herdade do Cebolal is how they make you feel a part of the family and their history through out the memories reflect on the decoration and the exchanges that will make us lose the sense of time. Along with the wine ( that express the characteristics of the region, with good concentration, complexity and elegance) you can foretast some regional delicatesse like goat cheese or portuguese variety of “chouriço” gather around a table fill with joy, history and love.
Location: Vale das Éguas
Tel:+351 968 034 25
Price from 17 €
Herdade da Aberta Nova (Biologic Farm) - The Herdade da Aberta Nova is located in the village of Melides, Grândola, between Praia da Vigia and Praia de Aberta Nova where you can go through all the process of biological and sustainable farming,visit the crops and learn about aquaponics.The farm also have some autochthonous animals like the donkey of mirandela or the “serpentina”goat.It´s a place where all the family will have fun hence there is a lot to see and do.Go for a visit it is always a pleasure and a learning experience.
Tel: +351 269 979 012/913 250 413 | Prices since 15€
Note: Weekend visits upon request
Troia Golf - Let yourself be inspired by one of Europe’s finest golf courses: 18 holes with a magnificent seaview. Designed by the North American golf architect Robert Trent Jones. TROIA GOLF was voted in 2011 as one of the best golf courses in the world by Rolex.
Location: Troia Resort
Tel:+351 265 494 024 | Prices since 78 €
Alentour - Our local host, Silvestre, turn is experience and knowledge into something is passion about : Our Alentejo. Enroll in a quest outside the main roads and unveil the paths that take you to places where nature goes freely wild to create marvelous hide outs and secret locations. This will be a day well spend and the best is that you decide where to go, what to do or what to see. Intimate road trip ending on top of the hills on a million worthy sights while doing a picnic with plenty of regional treats. Make a wish and we will make come truth.
Location: Pick up at Reserva Alecrim
Tel : + 351 911 111 127
Price : Since 45€
Jeep 4x4 OFF-ROAD | Canyoning | E-Bike Tours | Birdwatching | Walking Tours
A “walk” in the Past
Castle of Santiago do Cacém -The castle of Santiago is very well preserved, with a breathtaking view that reaches from the Serra da Arrábida to the Costa Vicentina. Take a walk outside and imagine a few centuries ago... Finish the visit by climbing the walls and reflecting upon the graveyard that exists inside the walls.
Location: Santiago do Cacém
City walk inserted on the famous Santiago de Compostela peregrination - Just open to the public last April passing through a forgotten treasure where you can meet some local artisan that are taking the past wisdom of handmade products with creativity and a spirit on the future. Fall in love with this old town aged by tradition but young and curious, take a break and fell the time.
Location: Santiago do Cacém
Roman Ruins - One of the largest and best preserved Roman ruins in Portugal. Although they need some vegetation upkeep,the essentials are intact and in very good condition. It is an old Roman city located near the village and parish of Santiago do Cacém, in the municipality of the same name in the south-west of Portugal. The city occupied the site of an ancient settlement in the Iron Age that has existed since the 9th century BC. With Roman colonization, it developed into the commercial area around the forum. The spa, among the best preserved in Portugal, consists of two adjacent buildings, possibly one for men and the other for women.
Location: Santiago do cacém
Tel: +351 269 818 460
Open Hours: Monday : Closed | Tuesday to Saturday : 09h00 - 12h30| 14h00 - 17h30 | Sunday : 09h00 - 12h00| 14h00 - 17h30
Park Rio da Figueira - Insert in a picnic area in Santiago do Cacém this park provides public pools that were old water tanks and are perfect for whose who want to do a family barbecue in nature and relax after lunch. They have two different pools sizes: children and adults both with lifeguards, is also equipped with a small football camp, a coffee - kiosk and lots of green areas fill with trees to provide shade and quiet.
Location : Park Rio da Figueira (Santiago do Cacém)
Open hours : Monday : Closed
Tuesday to Saturday: 09h00 - 19h00 | Sunday : 09h-13h| 14h00 - 19h00
Santiago do Cacém – Aldi, Intermarché, Lidl, Continente Bom Dia.
Santo André – Intermarché, Lidl, Continente Bom Dia, Pingo Doce.
Sines - Intermarché, Continente, Pingo Doce, Lidl
The best place to buy fish and revival the old marketplaces once crowed with goodies and merchants now a habit that was left behind in this modern days. Here, you will find increasingly rare species of fish, all super tasty many of them are XXL in size and catch the eye. There are also quite a few vegetable stalls from small local producers with very good quality products : Mercado Municipal de Santiago ,Mercado Municipal de Sines or Mercado Municipal de Santo André.
LOCAL SHOPS :
Cantinho do Artesanato –Dolls in Ceramic- Go visit this atelier that is located in Vila nova de Santo André, just near the parish council. Here you can see the local artisan working while trying to decide which souvenir is the best to bring back home, between representation of the old rural professions and typical portuguese clay work all made with love and creativity.
Location: Passeio das barcas (Vila Nova de Santo André)
Tel: +351 962 866 289
Carlos Campos –Wood and Cork Furniture- Most of the house decoration use in the typical alentejo houses are made from natural materials such as wood and cork. Both materials can be found in the region and have characteristic properties like cork that is a good thermal material that can isolated the heat or cold. Here you can find all type of pieces made with cork and wood.
Location: Aldeia de Santo André
Tel: +351 961 261 546
Paula Lança – Ceramics - Spend the day uncovering the interior of our council and go for a drive till Ermidas do Sado and visit the atelier of Paula Lança. This modern artisan transforme a old traditional art into a modern day artwork with pieces like pottery with red clay that goes beyond our imaginary and will look amazing in any part of your house, take home a craft piece that will always bring you back to us.
Location:Ermida do Sado
Tel:+351 937 816 837
José Maria Dias – Replicas of Wood Animals Wagons - This craftsman is one of the fews that still keeps this old profession (artisan carpenter) alive in the region beside replicating the rural wagons that were used in the old days to transport products and also a way of transportation in the region, he also do some renovation work in the ones that are still keeped by some farmers and are a part of their legacy. You can take a look into the history of the Alentejo agriculture through is work and art.
Location: Bairro do Pôr do Sol, Block 13 C, 244 (Vila Nova de Santo André)
Tel: +351 966 552 868
JUST NEAR RESERVA
Lagar do Parral –Manufacturer of Olive Oil - Don’t say farewell without visiting the small shop of this old olive mill where you can find local products such as their olive oil and vinegar or their newest product : olive soap. Besides their own product they also have regional products from others producers like Homemade Jam, Fruit liquors among others.
Location: Parral (five minutes walking from the Reserva Alecrim)
Tel:+351 969 000 917
Isaurina Pereira - Arte & Traje - The dolls of clothes are a part of the portuguese artisan made with old rags and fill with materials as different as hay or cotton representing some old professions like “aguadeiras” ( women that would carry and sell water in the fields) , fisherman's or bull fighters. Nowadays some are modern representations but you can still find some that portrayal the portuguese cultural like the Nazaré Dolls or the Alentejo women that works in the fields.
Location: Monte Garganás (Vila Nova de Santo André)
Tel: +351 919 165 903