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.
What we propose is the discovery of the unknown River Tejo (in English Tagus), very different from the river we see flowing into the wide estuary that washes Lisbon’s shoreline. First in the region of Nisa and then close to Belver.
In Nisa, a municipality that has invested heavily in pedestrianization, you are faced with a variety of walking excursions, all PR (pequena rota – short route), which offer unexpected landscapes in the Tejo basin and the Serra de S. Miguel. Informational leaflets are available in the Tourist Office and for download on the website
Signposting has been maintained in an exemplary fashion.
If you only have time for some of these tours, we would suggest three: PR1, "Trilhos das Jans” (the Jans trails – begins in Amieira do Tejo, 12.6 kms, medium difficulty); PR8, "Trilhos do Moinho Branco” (the white mill trails – begins in Montalvão, 14 kms, medium difficulty); and PR4, "Trilhos do Conhal” (the Conhal trails – begins in Arneiro, 9.8 kms, medium difficulty). The last is interesting for its inclusion of the Mina de Ouro Romana do Conhal (Roman gold mine), extensive terracing formed by piles of pebbles, which bears witness to the mining for gold that would have taken place here in Roman and in mediaeval times. This place makes up part of the geological monuments that are brought together in GeoPark Naturtejo, one of 30 European "geoparks” classified by UNESCO (www.naturtejo.com).
Lovers of fortresses, of beautiful views and of canoeing should take a trip to Belver. From the top of this castle you have an exceptional panoramic view over the River Tejo. On the further bank you will find the Praia Fluvial (river beach) da Quinta do Alamal, with a number of facilities, among which are canoe rental and other boat-board activities which will allow you to navigate the Tejo, here its waters calm, retained by one of the oldest dams in Portugal. Don’t miss walking along the magnificent 2 km percurso ribeirinho (river excursion), set out with wooden posts, constructed between the bridge and Quinta do Alamal.
To "close with a golden key” any programme in this area, you should keep one day for a journey by train on the section of the Linha da Beira between Belver and Fratel. Be careful about the timetable, because this has not been designed for return tourist excursions.