Fresco Route Dukes and Duchesses

Alentejo is, in fact, one of the privileged centers of Portuguese mural painting, where one can find a number of significant beautiful examples. The territory of the Fresco Route is always the territory of the periphery, in relation to the urban scholarly arts. It is also the territory of permanence, of a natural order of things, in a world where almost everything is unique, where everything is authentic.

You will get to see and feel:

The Alentejo mural painting reached its peak during the 16th and 17th centuries, representing religious and catechetical imagery. Mural painting tends to appear more frequently in rural areas, with low economic resources. This fact may be linked to the low production costs that this technique provided. Nevertheless, the Alentejo mural painting has resisted until today, with a greater or lesser degree of degradation, enriching the heritage of this region and calling for a visit.

The Fresco Route proposes to you the discovery of one of the hidden Alentejo treasures:  the fresco wall paintings. The Fresco Route is thus a unique opportunity to enter the doors of churches, chapels, and shrines usually closed, and unravel paintings with 500 years of existence, preserved sometimes spotless in forgotten monuments.

You will meet the influence that the Duques of Bragança had in the cultural landscape of Vila Viçosa, with the creation of a legacy that still marks Alentejo. Under the pretext of fresco wall paintings, feel privileged to enter the convents and churches favored by the Dukes and Duchesses of Bragança over the centuries, discovering the places of faith and power of this royal lineage.

For the lunch break, we have made you a meal with local wines, dishes, and desserts.


This itinerary includes:

Transportation on luxury Mercedes sedan or Minivan from and to the meeting point, Driver//History Heritage guide/Wine and Spirits Education Trust certified guide, Visits to wineries and wine and food tastings, Monument entrances, City Tours, Personal accident insurance, Taxes.

On the 2 days itineraries, the transfer from Lisbon to the airport is free of charge. On the 3 days itineraries, the transfer from the airport to Lisbon and from Lisbon to the airport is free of charge (applicable conditions for groups between 2 and 7 people and only for the transfers to and from the airport).

This itinerary DOESN’T include:

Private Tours, Meals, and Other personal expenses.

Terms and Conditions

Many of The Best Portugal animation activities are conducted on open air. Thus, while always be mindful of weather conditions. We have to bear in mind that sometimes unpredictable weather phenomena do occur during a tour. In such cases The Best Portugal won´t be held responsible for that and those reasons will never be considered as reasonable for any refund.

Tours will leave according to times stated on itineraries and will not wait for “latecomers”. We accept no responsibility for passengers failing to be at designated pick up points at designated times, no refund is provided for passengers failing to meet our tour at designated times.

We reserve the right to alter any part of the itinerary due to the fact that they are subject to supplier availability at the time of booking. Should it be necessary to alter an itinerary, a supplier of equal value and quality shall be chosen. The client shall be notified in writing of any changes made to an itinerary.

We reserve the right to use alternate vehicles and operators.

Tour arrangements are intended for persons of reasonably good health and without physical disabilities which would create a hazard either for the passenger or other passengers. The Best Portugal, reserves the right to decline to accept or retain any person as a tour participant should such person’s health or mental condition impede the operation of the tour.

Smoking is not permitted on our vehicles or inside winery buildings.

We accept no responsibility for lost or stolen property.

x 2 160,00€

x 4 150,00€

x 7 140,00€

Price per person

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