Based on the offer of the website http://mundomontado.com/en/home we contacted “Mundo Montado” shortly before we started our trip to Portugal. The very friendly tour guide Elise organized a great tour for us, even if we have been out of season.
We met at a bar in Aldeia das Amoreiras. Elise took us around in the village and explained about the village history, the landscape, the inhabitants, and their traditions. We got the chance to meet some people and talk too. Very special was the traditional public washhouse (see pictures). Here you will find wonderful paintings. Furthermore we met the oak tree farmer who showed us how to remove the cork. Exiting was to hear that you can cut an oak tree only every 9 years. Next stop at our tour was the little private distillery of “Jorge” which is currently under certification process. Jorge the owner showed his distillery and we got some great tasting of his "Medronho". Medronho is a Portuguese fruit schnaps which is made from fruits of the Medronho tree (the plant belong to the family of strawberries). Important to know, it is all hand made from wild trees, there is no plantation. We bought bottle; but as Jorge is waiting for his license he offered to send us his label as soon as he got his distillery number. Funny was also to see Jorges Iberian black pigs behind the house :-) Additional to the schnaps distillery we also drove to a local farmer who produces his own wine. All you will find is very original and traditional not over flooded and styled for great tourism. The people you will met – the open their private doors for you.
Elise the young tour guided also gave us some further information brochures about the area and some tips for other tours. She closed the tour with a nice little gift. Do her tour and you will find out what it is.
Many thanks again for that special tour, we can highly recommend “Mundo Montado”, if you want to know more contact Elise at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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