Friday, 20 July 2018

Sunday, 22nd July: Moonlight Donkey Walk

Photo by Catarina Nogueira

Soft Green Hills - Simple & Happy Life - Quiche & Tarte

Tour through the foothills of Monchique mountains. "Simplesmente", our dear neighbours welcome us at their self made home, their self built clay oven, from where they serve us freshly baked wood-fired quiches and tartes & more.

Arrival/departure:  burros & artes, 4km NE Aljezur
Start/end: 19h30/23h00

Difficulty: moderate. 
Time length: 4 hours, including 1 hour for dinner.
Size of the group: Minimum 6 adults. Children over 6 years old. Max 20 participants

Price: 30 €/ person. Children (<12): 20 €. Price includes tour guide, donkeys, accident insurance, food (qui.che, salads, tarte) and 1 drink. 

Equipment: Please bring along flashlight, sturdy shoes and warm jacket.
Donkeys love carrots, apples, oranges or carotts, if you feel like pleasing them.

Booking & more: burros.artes@gmail.com
Phone: +351 282 995 068; mobile +351 967 145 306




Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Summertime!



Dear friends, donkey and nature lovers

It seems that summer finally made it to the South of Europe, and we are ready to make the most of it!

Thank you for your interest in our project linking the art of authentic Portuguese pottery to the calming pace of donkey tours!
We have daily short, longer and special donkey tours available throughout the summer - like moonlight hikes, "sweetX2", "walk & swim" - as well as pottery workshops. Please do get in touch for more information and booking.
We look forward to celebrate together with you the summer season in the company of our sweet and affectionate long-eared friends and/or on the potter's wheel!
Your Burros & Artes Team

   

Monday, 12 March 2018

3 Days Guided Donkey Trekking



Northwards from Aljezur, start & end at the donkey farm 
Daily 9 to 12 km / 5,6 to 7,5 miles

Highlights

  • The Donkey, travel companion and luggagge porters - heart and soul of our tour 
  • Vicentina Coast Natural Park the best preserved coastal area of Europe 
  • Cliff line walk (save)
  • Beaches Amoreira (river estuary & dunes), Vale dos Homens (intimate and sheltered between the cliffs) 
  • Sweat potato and peanut fields, cattle pastures and old farms 
  •  Aljezur, old town with mourish fortress ruin & village Rogil
  • Half-wild hilly hinterland with eucalyptus, pine, corkoak forests and rockrose, arbutus bush land 
  • On the long-distance trail Rota Vicentina: Amoreira Beach Circuit & Odeceixe-Aljezur
Difficulty level: moderate. No remarkable differences of level, some humid areas in spring. 



8(10) Days self guided Rota Vicentina (Algarve) 2018


10 Days/ 9 Nights/ 7 Days Donkey Trekking/ 1 Break Day

Through Nature Park Vicentine Coast on the long distance track Rota Vicentina

When? - On request, except July & August

Highlights

  • Travel companion & luggage carrier – Donkey, heart and soul of your tour
  • Natural Park “Vicentina Coast”, between Sagres and small town Aljezur
  • Tour start at the end of Western Europe - Cabo de São Vicente 
  • One beach day!
  • Beaches: Amado, Bordeira, Canal, Arrifana, Monte Clerigo, Amoreira
  • Carrapateira, a whitewashed rural, fishing & surfing village Arrifana, high on the cliffs, a beach in a big bay with a small fishing port
  • Semi-wild, hilly hinterland with cork tree, pine and eucalyptus forests & strawberry tree scrubland
  • Partially on the tracks of the long-distance route “Rota Vicentina”

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

7(9) Days Guided Donkey Trek - Rota Vicentina Algarve

Atlantic Coast - Nature Park – Rota Vicentina

Autum:

  1st to 7th October 2018

Highlights

  • The donkey - a wonderful travel companion & luggage transporter
  • The wild beauty of Costa Vicentina Nature Park
  • One break day at the beach
  • Hiking along the coast and backland 
  • Stunning coastline 
  • Moorish convent ruins 12th century, Ribat Arrifana
  • Traditional rural backlands
  • Beautiful beaches and cliff sceneries
  • Tasty Portuguese fresh fish and wines
  • The limpid and clear water of the Atlantic
  • Pleasant and friendly Accommodations

Beaches: Amado, Bordeira, Canal, Arrifana, Monte Clerigo and Amoreira

Donkey hiking on the long distance track Rota Vicentina, (RV) on the following sections:
- Historical Way (HW):
  • Carrapateira – Arrifana;
  • Arrifana – Aljezur;
- Fishermen Trails (FT):
  • Pontal da Carrapateira Circuit;
  • Ponta da Atalaia Circuit;
  • Amoreira Beach Circuit

Summary

The whole tour guides us through Vicentine Coast Natural Park. We meet and start at Carrapateira, a friendly sunny white washed little village where farmer, fishermen and surfers live. From here we head off right away to the fantastic Atlantic coast line, hike safely over the cliffs coming across various viewpoints, with superb views of the escarpments, the sands of Bordeira and Amado and also the ruins of an ancient Islamic fishermen’s settlement.
The following days the route leads our way northwards switching from backland half-wild, backland with eucalyptus, pine, cork oak woods and macchie where rock rose (cistus landanifer), arbutus unedo, heather and lavender grow to unique cliff sceneries. We stop at Arrifana, 100m above the cliffs, a huge bay with beach and traditional fishing harbour. Singular beauty, especially in spring, the endemic and Mediterranean vegetation. On the following sector, next stop Monte Clerigo, a charming 1970ies seaside summer village. We walk through the alleys of historic Aljezur, reigned over by a 10th century fortress before our hike finds its end on the donkey farm in the backland. Before we say good bye to the sea at magnificent Amoreira dune beach.
The beautiful effects of donkey trekking: thanks to his regular rhythm and calmness we feel like meditating and our long eared travel companion opens hearts and souls in us and the people we meet who show us a happy smile and ask to cuddle the donkey. Touching!
Download PDF for more Information.

Friday, 12 January 2018

5(7) Days Guided/ Self Guided Donkey Trekking


Atlantic Coast – Nature Park – Rota Vicentina

Highlights

  • The wild beauty of Costa Vicentina Nature Park
  • Hiking along the coast and backland
  • Stunning coastline
  • Natural environment
  • Traditional rural backlands
  • Moorish convent ruins 12th century
  • Beautiful beaches and cliff sceneries
  • Tasty Portuguese fresh fish and wines
  • The refreshing water of the Atlantic
  • Pleasant and friendly Accommodations

Beaches: Amado, Bordeira, Canal, Arrifana, Monte Clerigo and Amoreira

Donkey hiking on the long distance track Rota Vicentina, (RV) on the following sections:
Historical Way (HW):
Carrapateira – Arrifana;
Arrifana – Aljezur;
Fishermen Trails (FT):
Pontal da Carrapateira Circuit;
Ponta da Atalaia Circuit

Summary

The whole tour guides us through Vicentine Coast Natural Park. We meet and start at Carrapateira, a friendly sunny white washed little village where farmer, fishermen and surfers live. From here we head off right away to the fantastic Atlantic coast line, hike safely over the cliffs coming across various viewpoints, with superb views of the escarpments, the sands of Bordeira and Amado and also the ruins of an ancient Islamic fishermen’s settlement.
The following days the route leads our way northwards switching from backland half-wild, backland with eucalyptus, pine, corkoak woods and macchie where rockrose (cistus landanifer), arbutus unedo, heather and lavender grow to unique cliff sceneries. We stop at Arrifana, 100m above the cliffs, a huge bay with beach and traditional fishing harbor. Singular beauty, especially in spring, the endemic and Mediterranean vegetation.  On the following sector,next stop Monte Clerigo, a charming 1970ies seaside summer village. We walk through the alleys of historic Aljezur, reigned over by a 10th century fortress before our hike finds its end on the donkey farm in the backland.
The beautiful effects of donkey trekking: thanks to his regular rhythm and calmness we feel like meditating and our long eared travel companion opens hearts and souls in us and the people we meet who show us a happy smile and ask to cuddle the donkey. Touching! 

Friday, 8 January 2016

Why Donkey Trekking?
















Four really good reasons:
  1. Enjoyment .
  2. Carrying your pack .
  3. Rhythm . Slow is beautiful 
  4. The children