Walking in Portugal's Alentejo means getting off the beaten track and savouring the region's peace and quiet, its slow pace of life, heritage and rare fauna and flora.

The region of the Alentejo covers a third of Portugal from central to southern Portugal but only contains 12% of the population and it is still relatively undiscovered by tourists. It offers secluded walks in quiet countryside with a dramatic, unspoilt coastline and lots of historical towns and villages. The countryside is characterized by wide open spaces and primary colours- bright blue skies, undulating, golden fields of wheat, pea green rolling hills and wide plains with ochre-red soil and white-washed villages. It is suitable for walkers of all levels and can be a rewarding introduction to walking in Portugal. The region's ancient olive trees and cork oaks provide an important habitat for many of Portugal's endangered species. So next time you buy a bottle of wine choose one with a natural cork and help to protect Portugal's wildlife.

If you are walking in the Ourique area you will certainly be "off roading" as there are mile upon mile of agricultural lanes criss-crossing the area.

Bird Watching

For the birders among you there is quite something to see. The Alentejo is a paradise for bird watchers. In the vicinity of Ourique are numerous stork nests, even the black stork is seen in the vicinity. Common birds are the bee-eater, hoopoe, the little eagle and golden eagle, the crested cuckoo, the red-backed shrike and Red Head, the putter and many other species.

Organised walks from 2 to 10 miles are possible as are trips to the local Nature Reserve.
Do not forget your binoculars!

Spotted birds
Black Kite
Black Redstart
Cattle Egret
Common Raven
Common Redstart
Common Stonechat
Corn Bunting
Crested Tit
European Bee-eater
European Nuthatch
European Serin
Great Bustard
Great Grey Shrike
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Imperial Eagle
Little Bustard
Long-legged Buzzard
Marsh Tit
Red Kite
Red-legged Partridge
Short-toed Treecreeper
Spotless Sparkling
White Stork

A list of possible sighting by calendar is available upon request.

Mountain Biking

There is something for all bikers in and around Ourique. There are a multitude of interconnecting easy riding tracks throughout the area that were and in some cases still are the only access into the beautiful countryside of the Alentejo area. For more challenging rides, the famous Monchique mountain (high hills really) is within easy reach and affords stunning rides and views in all directions


This is an excellent area for fishing, with several barragems (reservoirs) within easy reach. Our local Barragem do Monte da Rocha is famous for its Common Carp and Wide Mouth Bass and is just 10 minutes drive away. We can supply some equipment, so please ask. Fishing licenses can be arranged and are very cheap, less than 6 euros for the whole year!

Horse Riding

As this area is great for walking, bird watching and cycling, it is obviously going to be ideal for horse riding also. Horse riding activities can be arranged locally (see section in "Links").