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This trip is an exclusive experience to live and cook on the Alentejo Coast with Herdade da Matinha. In their kitchen, they mix the old and the new, in a balance that sharpens the memory and the palate with everything that the earth has to give. The porch heated by the morning sun to the sound of birds chirping. A cozy room that invites you to forget the hours. Ears and mouths, friends, and family.
During this holiday, you will be staying in Herdade da Matinha. Each room was thought to detail. With natural elements that bring to the landscape and cultural heritage of the region in harmony with the simplicity and comfort of the architectural elements and modern decoration.
Herdade da Matinha is part of Rota Vicentina, a network of walking routes in the Southwest of Portugal that totals 450 kilometers and passes through some of the most beautiful places in the region. If you want to discover another side of Portugal, with a cultural, social, and environmental heritage untouched by time and by the hand of man, this is your home.
In 1994, they were packing for Australia, when they "stumbled" in Matinha. They fell in love with this lost valley in the opulent green of Serra do Cercal. The scent of the sea, the shade of the trees, and the tracks carefully carved like lines in the palm of your hand.
While the kids became men, they fed with the same spoon and the same seasoning the idea of making this their home, built with the seeds they sow in the ground. The mother, already dedicated to tourism and her father, a painter and chef by vocation, welcomed the first guests with candlelights, because in the absence of electricity they had love and will to spare.
More than 20 years later, the estate has grown and extends over 110 hectares of cork oak and pinewood. The old houses of the Lavrador, the Vacaria, and the barn were restored to create the main house and the 22 rooms of singular decoration, where silence is a rare luxury that must be listened to with time.
Drop schedules, appointments, routines, and deadlines. Stay with the desire to set the clock by footsteps and not know where they take you. "What day is today? What time is it?"
Herdade da Matinha is a space of transformation. It is a rural tourism where immersion is sought with nature and leisure. Get time for yourself and space for whatever you feel like.
They believe in a creative and experiential tourism that promotes the contact with the cultural, social and environmental heritage of Costa Alentejana and fosters learning, co-creation and self-knowledge of those who visit them.
Herdade da Matinha can offer you silence made of gold, a yoga retreat for inner contemplation, a horseback ride to the sunset or a bustling house with music, cooking, poetry, painting and wine. The time is yours. So is the choice.
This holiday will be taking place in Cercal Do Alentejo, Setubal, Portugal.
During this holiday, you will be served with two breakfasts and one dinner with drinks such as wine of the house, juice, water, and soda.
You are offered a choice between a mindfulness silence or a uplifting house busting in laughter. Herdade da Matinha believes in tourism made creative and experimental by promoting contact with the cultural, social, and environmental heritage of the ‘Costa Alentejana’. Time is yours, so is the choice.
Samadhi is the final limb identified in the yoga sutras and is a state of being totally aware of the present moment; a one-pointedness of mind. Visit the ‘Matinha’ to discover a different side to yourself every Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9:30 a.m. Yoga classes are available for guests and non-guests.
Herdade da Matinha challenges you to relax and rest your mind to recharge your energy. Hot candle massage, oil massage or hot stone massage in a private wooden house overlooking the verdant valley.
Horse riding along the tracks through the valley of Matinha and a relaxing massage with a sunset view. They have unique programs for guests and non guests. Herdade da Matinha is waiting for you.
Horses have an associative memory to stimuli and therefore they prefer that you are true and pure, in gestures and intention. This way they read you clearly with no room for second interpretations. That's why horses are the perfect companions for transformational experiences and self-knowledge.
You will taste, celebrate and preserve the country side with a picnic. Herdade da Matinha take care of everything so that you can enjoy nature with those you love.
Life grows in the garden. You will find out the origin of the dishes and what the earth provides Herdade da Matinha. Here you can pick the scents and flavors that help compose the menu.
The small local producers are the soul of the cuisine. At Matinha you can make cheese from the milk of Senhor Henriques' goats, knead bread with Dona Ercilia or learn how to make your "Matinha Blackberry" jam with Dinha.
Plant a tree with your family or take part in a permaculture workshop and discover nature's cycles. Sow good things in your life.
Matinha is part of Rota Vicentina, a network of walking routes in the southwest of Portugal that totals 450 kilometers and passes through some of the most beautiful places in the region. If you want to know and discover another side of Portugal, with a cultural, social and environmental heritage untouched by time and by the hand of man, this is your home.
Come and explore the estate on a bike and let yourself loose following the many tracks and secret routes of Matinha. You will feel the wind on your face and experience on wheels the fragrances and colors of the region.
There are still beaches where the only footprints you will find will be yours. You don´t believe it? A few kilometers from Matinha you will find one of the region's best kept secrets. Beaches accessible by uncrowded paths where there will be plenty of space to stretch the towel, take a dip in the ocean or engage in water sports.
Surfing is one of the most popular sports in the area. The coast is the ideal place for learners or experienced surfers to tame the waves.
Lisbon Portela Airport
Transfer available for additional US$173 per person
Herdade da Matinha is settled between Faro and Lisbon, so you can book your flights to Faro Airport (FAO) or Lisbon Portela Airport (LIS). Transfer from the airport to Herdade da Matinha can be arranged and the price for one way is 155 EUR. Transfer from Lisbon centre to Herdade da Matinha 165 EUR one way.
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