During this tour we will discover one of the most imposing defensive grids from the Medieval Ages in Portugal, attesting its contribution for the establishment of our nation! You will feel yourself going back in time as you get to know the Mondego's Defensive Line!
The tour starts in Coimbra, where you'll have the opportunity to learn more about the Portuguese Crusades and the medieval defensive systems that are still visible today: the city walls and towers. After understanding the strategic position of Coimbra and its defensive system, as well as the history during the Reconquest period, we will travel through the Mondego Agricultural Fields all the way to Montemor-o-Velho's Castle.
The Mondego River is the longest river exclusive to the Portuguese territory, running the country from the peaks of Serra da Estrela all the way into the Atlantic Ocean. It crosses the city of Coimbra, and it expands through an immense region of fertile soils where still today one can find vast crops of rice and corn. There's also a big presence of animal life be it the domestic cattle as well as wild species like ducks that come to feast on an abundance of rice or the storks that build their nests on the top of the electric distribution structures that cross this idyllic place.
After arriving at Montemor-o-Velho we will contemplate the beauty of its Castle, strategically settled at the top of a hill over the Mondego Agricultural Fields. From there the views are magnificent, and its very well-preserved structure will leave you breathless! It is a fantastic military construction, built during the Moorish occupation of the region and later inhabited by the members of the Portuguese Royal Court. Also connected to the history of this defensive structure are vestiges of the Templars, the passage of the French troops of Junot for the occasion of the Peninsular Wars (1810) and the legend of Pedro and Inês … stories that will be revealed during this unforgettable tour!
On the way back we’ll have time to stop in a traditional local pastry so you can learn about the Conventual Sweets of Tentúgal – a centenary secret recipe that you’ll probably want to taste!
Half Day Tour through the agricultural fields of Mondego River on the way to one of the most magnificent castles in Portugal: The Castle of Montemor-o-Velho
Available every day of the year except 1st January, 24th and 25th December
Available from 1 to 6 participants – this is not a private tour! If you wish to request a private tour, I’ll be glad to welcome you (please see my Tailored Tours for Customized & Private Services).
Towers and Walls of Coimbra and it’s defensive structures in medieval ages • Mondego River • Montemor-o-Velho Village and it’s Castle • Holy Church of “Saint Mary from the Alçácova” • Agricultural Fields of Mondego
Go Walks Portugal expert guiding services, transportation between sites, entrance in the Castle of Montemor-o-Velho, insurances and VAT