Alcácer do Sal - Casebres
Turismo do Alentejo, ERT
Caminhos de Santiago do Alentejo e Ribatejo - Caminho Central - Etapa 11Photo: Upstream, Turismo do Alentejo, ERT
We open and close the access gate to the land in front, where the progression will be hampered by the amount of loose sand. We follow the fence on the right until we find the viaduct passing over the A2. We get into the cork and holm oak forest, to reach the entrance gate of Herdade de Vale de Reis, with a large photoelectric power station on our right side.
After passing the wicket door, we walk straight ahead until we find on the left the descent to the facilities of the estate, a future rural hotel just over 1 km away. From here we climb the church hill, bypassing it on the left. We continue through the dense and beautiful cork oak forest for 5.5 km, to the wicket door that allows us to leave the estate and access the municipal road that will lead us to Casebres. From now on, we face the remaining 7.5 km with tranquility and without much effort, along a road practically flat and without traffic, with biodiversity as a company. We advance between the Jardim Municipal (Municipal Garden) tables and benches and continue through the Largo José Afonso. We notice the calm and serenity of this village typical of Alentejo. The inhabitants subsist on the cattle, cork harvesting, tomato and pine cone harvesting, eucalyptus plantation and cutting, among other agricultural works. In November, Saint Martin’s Day is celebrated with dances, roasted chestnuts and “água-pé” (piquette). We also visit the parish church of São Martinho, Priory of the Order of Santiago, which established an agricultural estate here. They are waiting for us in the Parish Council...
The exit of Alcácer do Sal towards north seems a difficult task for those who travel by foot or bicycle. "Surrounded" by a motorway (A2) and a highway (IC1), on which the north exit's road (N5) converges, and enclosed by extensive private properties that fill the spaces between these roads, there are no safe mobility solutions for the more sustainable forms of travel, which are walking and cycling.For questions related to accommodation, please contact the parish council.
In the Alentejo you really have to try the typical delicacies. The Alentejo bread, the olive oil, the wines. The starters with olives, a cheese board and delicious smoked ham. The Alentejo soup (there are several). Savour the açordas and the migas, the lamb and pork. Why not a sericaia, which is a conventual sweet for dessert, for example? But the menu is diverse. See where you can taste the Alentejo gastronomy. And because when travelling in Alentejo, restful nights are a must. Here you will find many options where you can rest and relax.
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Safety informationFor information regarding conduct, recommendations and self-safety, please refer to this page.
Tips and hints
- Parish Council: +351 265 649 124
EquipmentAlways carry water, supplies, sunscreen, a hat, waterproof, comfortable shoes, and a map.
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