Castro Verde municipality classified as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve

Passeios fluviais no lago do Alqueva, Alentejo - Alquevatours.

The municipality of Castro Verde, “a humanized ecosystem of high natural value” bordering the county in which is inserted Vale de Camelos, was on Wednesday classified as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, announced the municipality.

The candidacy of Castro Verde was approved today in Paris by the International Coordination Council of the Man and the Biosphere (MaB) program of UNESCO.

This distinction was based on the fact that the county of Castro Verde is “a humanized ecosystem of high natural value, fruit of a continuous work of several decades”. Continue reading “Castro Verde municipality classified as UNESCO Biosphere Reserve”

Herdade do Freixo vineyard

Adega da Herdade do Freixo, Évora, Alentejo, Portugal

This amazing underground vineyard has a spiral shape, 40 meters deep into the ground. This unusual shaped building, resembling a underground Guggenheim, was design by Portuguese architect Frederico Valsassina, with the intent of housing three wine labels: Freixo Reserva white wine 2015, Freixo Reserva red wine 2014 e Freixo Family Collection red wine 2014, all with “Indicação Geográfica Alentejano” (Alentejano Geographical Indication).

Herdade do Freixo, Freixo, Portugal
Monday to Friday, from 11h30 a.m. to 03h00 p.m.
Visits cost 3,50€ per person, requires previous booking.
Phone: 266 094 830

Damn’ you, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus!

Sadly, we had to say goodbye to our 30 years old palm trees. Damn’ you, Rhynchophorus ferrugineus! Just to think that the larva of this beetle is considered a delicacy in the East…

On the other hand, our pine trees are healthier than ever!