Starting in a small and traditional village near Évora we'll walk around grazing fields straight to the cattle which are in around typical farms (HERDADES). The old roads and trails will take us between NEOLITHIC temple (ALMENDRES) and areas covered by the cork forest (MONTADO).
I'm working since 2009 as a geographer-guide in my own business with Greenwalk trademark registered in Portugal with n.º 453916 at INPI (Instituto Nacional de Propriedade Industrial) and register in the tourism of Portugal 42/2011. Sharing my passion for the diverse geography of Portugal and it's history, culture and landscapes. In this business we are three geographer's António Tavares, Lídia Sousa and João Varanda. My study of geography and geo-sciences is not limited to a university degree and a post-graduation but also contributions through studies and published articles about geotourism. The concept of geotourism gives us a deep understanding of the relationship between nature and history. The region of Évora, specially the city and its outskirts, is a result of a balance between human activity and nature.
We'll be walking in the CORK FOREST (Montado) discovering the biodiversety of this ecossystem with special focus to the medicinal and aromatic herbs (rosemary, penny royal and others) but also talking about this woodlands (cork, holm trees) an whatching the grazing cattle (Mertolenga cow, Merina sheeps). The hike will conect rural cultural and historic places as traditional village, old stone bridge and the oldest Stone Temple, ALMENDRES.
Cork Forest and Almendres Hike