The Alentejo has a clear vocation for Activity Tourism and for Nature Tourism. The beauty of the landscape invites excursions on foot, on mountain bikes and on horseback, and the country lanes known as estradas municipais, despite the absence of cycle lanes, are excellent for cycling-tourism.
On the rivers, the reservoirs and the coast, many water-based activities are possible. The beaches are of the highest quality. And the sky, with this fantastic climate, is ideal for parachuting, paragliding, ballooning and microlight flights.
The Évora – Montemor-o-Novo axis, apart from being immensely valuable in its heritage, has excellent conditions for participating in Nature Tourism. The range of organised activities is appreciable, although a number of them are restricted to a minimum number of participants (usually 4 to 10). On your own, you can do the Évora "Ecopiste”, whose track results from the conversion of part of the railway branch line from Évora to Mora. It begins inside the city and extends for 21 kilometres to Herdade da Sempre Nova. The excursion can be made on foot or by bicycle.
The Água da Prata Excursion follows part of the Évora aqueduct, which still today carries water to the city. It was constructed in the 16th century and has undergone reconstruction and improvements since the 18th century. The route, which is very interesting from both a heritage and an environmental point of view, begins on the Évora – Arraiolos road and extends for about 8 kilometres. Although it is most suitable for walking, it could also be done by mountain bike. The informational leaflets are available in the Évora Tourist Office and for download at www.evora.net/percursos
Environmental Excursions have been developed for the Sites of Monfurado and Cabrela within the Natura 2000 Network programme. They link various rural settlements in the council areas of Évora and Montemor-o-Novo and, as well as providing access to the environmental treasures responsible for their classification, allow you to have a privileged encounter with the principal megalithic monuments in the Region, and with some of the agricultural activities and traditional pastoral activity associated with montado (oak woodland and pasture) as well as with olive growing. You can collect information from the Tourist Offices in both cities and from the Núcleo de Interpretação Ambiental dos Sítios da Cabrela e Monfurado, situated in the former Escola Primária of the village of Baldios (Montemor-o-Novo). To download the informational leaflets, consult the sites www.evora.net/percursos and www.montemornovo.pt/natura