Tuesday, 12 July 2016

July, 19 - August, 18 - September, 16: Moonlight Donkey Hikes

Trekking with donkeys at night. Slow is beautiful – at the donkeys rythm, free from load and haste.
The donkeys carry the children, your backpacks and are wonderful tour companions.


Tuesday 19 July: “Full Moon & Natural Countryside"

In the foothills of Monchique mountains
Fantastic mountain view
Departure: 19h00, Vale das Amoreiras, 4km NW of Aljezur 
Arrival: 23h30, same place

Moonrise: 20h30 
Through the wild West Algarve backland, at the foothills of the Monchique mountains, with up and downhill sections, fantastic mountain scenery while trailing under the moonlight. 
Dinner is provided by welcoming and cozy Várzea Viva Permaculture including freshly baked wood-fired pizza.

Difficulty: moderate. Hiking experience is recommended.
 
Time length: 3 to 4.5 hours, including 1 hour for dinner.
Size of the group: Minimum 6 adults. Children over 9 years old.

Price: 25 €/ person. Children (<12): 19 €. 
The price includes tour guide, riding on donkey for kids (and packs), accident insurance, food and drink - pizza, salad, dessert and 1 drink.

Further/optional costs: 1,50€/ person/ transfer
After the pizza, Várzea Viva offers, on request, a car transfer to the starting point (in case you don’t feel like hiking back with the donkeys).

Equipment:
Please bring along flashlight, sturdy shoes and a warm jacket.Our donkeys love carrots, apples, oranges or carobs, if you feel like pleasing them.
Booking & more: burros.artes@gmail.com
Phone: 00351 282 995 068
Mobile: 00351 967 145 306



Saturday, 9 January 2016

5(7) Days Guided Donkey Trek Rota Vicentina Algarve

Atlantic Coast - Nature Park – Rota Vicentina

Dates 2016

May: 01.05.-07.05. (women only) & 22.05.2016 - 29.05.2016

October: 01.10.2016 – 08.10.2016

Highlights

  1. The donkey - a wonderful travel companion & luggage transporter
  2. The wild beauty of Costa Vicentina Nature Park
  3. Hiking along the coast and backland
  4. Stunning coastline
  5. Traditional rural backlands
  6. Moorish convent ruins 12th century
  7. Beautiful beaches and cliff sceneries
  8. Tasty Portuguese fresh fish and wines
  9. The limpid and clear water of the Atlantic
  10. 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

7 days stay/ 6 Nights/ 5 Days donkey trekking

D1: Arrival Carrapateira & Introduction to the donkey handling, Acc Pensao das Dunas
D2: 10km Pontal da Carrapateira, Acc Pensao das Dunas
D3: 18,6km Carrapateira – Beach Canal – Arrifana, Acc Youth Hostel
D4: 11km Arrifana - Monte Clerigo, Acc Casa da Oliveira
D5: 12km Monte Clerigo - Aljezur - Serrão, Acc Camp Site Serrao
D6: 12,5km Serrão – Amoreira Beach - Donkey Farm, Acc Amazigh D. Hostel
D7: Departure from Aljezur

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!
Donkey handling: After the first practical instruction on the day of arrival, we will have a daily routine with our long eared companion which means every morning packing our luggage in the special bags, preparing the donkey (feeding & grooming) for the tour and, finally loading him. During the tour we give him (and us) some rest, while we picnic he uses his time to graze and, at the end of the day we will groom and feed him again, after his mobile paddock is prepared.
On our journeys each two people enjoy the company of one donkey. He will carry our (and his) luggage, max. 11kg/person. The donkeys own equipment weights 8kg.

Nº of participants: Min. 4, max. 10.

Price:

In twin room: 870€ pp

Single supplement: 140€ pp

Includes:

  • Bed & breakfast twin room/ apartment, w/ private bath, WC
  • 7 days local tour guide (fluent English and French speaking; mother language: German)
  • 5 days donkey rent & trekking equipment (saddle & luggage bags)
  • Introduction to the donkey handling (day 1)
  • PDF-brochure about donkey trekking Algarve
  • Transfer donkey farm – accommodation (day 6)
  • 5x Lunch snack
  • 6x Dinner

Excludes

  • Arrival Carrapateira & departure Aljezur (we would gladly assist)
  • Personal expenses
  • Insurance for illness and cancellation of the journey.

 More details: burros.artes@gmail.com


Friday, 8 January 2016

8(10) Days self guided Rota Vicentina (Algarve) 2016

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

From Aljezur to the End of Europe Cape St. Vincent

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

Includes one rest day in fishermen, farmer & surfer village Carrapateira to relax and enjoy this delightful part of the coast.

 


Self guided donkey trekking (minimum 2 people):

01 - 29 February 2016

in twin room: 900,-€ pp
single suplement:  228,-€ pp

01 - 30 March 2016

in twin room  910,-€ pp
EZ-Zuschlag  253,-€ pp

01 April - 31 May 2016

in twin room  940,-€ pp
EZ-Zuschlag  273,-€ pp.

01 - 30  June 2016

in twin room 975,-€ pp
EZ-Zuschlag  302,-€ pp

01 - 30 September 2016

in twin room 1045,-€ pp
EZ-Zuschlag  340,-€ pp

01 - 31 October 2016

in twin room  940,-€ pp
EZ-Zuschlag  265,-€ pp

01 - 30 November 2016

in twin room  900,-€ pp
EZ-Zuschlag  227,-€ pp

Prices

include

  • Bed &breakfast accommodation (twin room)
  • Introduction to the donkey handling
  • Luggage transport by the donkey
  • PDF brochure about Donkey Trekking Algarve
  • Tour assistance
  • Roadbook & map

exclude:

  • Arrival Aljezur, departure Sagres
  • lunch snack (8€ pp), dinner à la carte in recommended restaurants
  • Guided beach treks (Day 5 and 8, Oct to May), 70€/ day (optional)
  • personal expenses
  • individual transfers and additional overnights
All tour details:
burros.artes@gmail.com

Special Valentine's day

Romantic Donkey Hike

- At the Sound of the Nature -


Fri, 13th at 15h
Sat, 14th at 10h30 & at 15h

Sun, 15th at 11h



Guided three hours tour through beautiful mother nature in the donkey farm surroundings with romantic picnic at idyllic little barrier lake, including introduction, donkey grooming & harnessing (to familiarize with your long eared tour companion).

Children welcome! We will then have minimum 2 donkeys, one for riding and one as a picnic transporter.

 

Price: 50€/ pers. Child, 4-12 years: 10€

Prices include tour guide, equipped donkey (1 for 2 people), picnic basket and accident insurance.

 

Booking:

burros.artes@gmail.com
mobile (+351) 967 145 306
phone (+351) 282 995 068

August 2016: Moonlight Donkey Hike



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Slow is beautiful – hiking at the donkeys rhythm, free of weight and hurry. The donkeys, our friendly travel companions, will carry your backpacks, snacks, waters and kids can ride.

   

 

August (around full moon)

Start/ End: Pero Vicente, 3km West from Rogil
We donkey hike along and near the coast, next to beach Praia Vale dos Homens; first down and up a beautiful little green river valley, then through a romantic pine wood and along a cliff line trail till we arrive at our breath taking picnic location. We will watch sunset, moonrise and stars enjoy a delicious variety of typical portuguese "petiscos", salty & sweet, before we donkey hike back to the starting point in plain moonlight.

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Price: 30€, Kids 6-12: 15


Difficult level: medium. Duration: 3,5-4 hours, including picnic - break. Timetable: 19h30-23h. Participants minimum 6 adults. Kids aged 6 or more welcome. Price includes tour guide, donkeys (for luggage and kids to ride), accident insurance, eat and 2 alcoholic drinks

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More details and booking: burros.artes@gmail.com
Phone             +351 282 995 068     
Mobile            +351 967 145 306  

Why Donkey Trekking?
















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


Monday, 18 March 2013

Donkey Hike and Artistic Workshop combined!

...Kids will love it...

Total duration: 3 hours
Dates: under request
Place: Sítio dos Burros & surroundings

Come and enjoy this unique combination of
Nature + Arts

Program:
1h30 min - Introduction to donkey handling + hike with long-eared companion (level of difficulty: easy)

1h30 min - 
Workshop Working with Felt - learn this ancestral technic to felt using virgin wool, soap, water, in a relaxed and creative environment. Great for kids and grown ups.

Bring your snack, solar protection, hut, comfortable shoes for hiking and clothes ready to get dirty!

Price
includes equipped donkeys, the services of a guide, all the material for the workshop, workshop, accident insurance:

35€ adult
30€ child

Have FUN and learn something NEW!