The cheese´s complex (Portugal)

Serra da Estrela, Portugal

THE CHEESE´S COMPLEX

3 Days 6 a 8 Participants

Serra da Estrela is the highest point in the country, its identity anchor where the only Portuguese river is born. Land of Viriato, resistance and the old Lusitânia. A place of refuge.

Portugal converges, symbolically, to this land of flocks, once in motion.

A landscape characterized by valleys and ridges, where the fertility of the first depends on the seconds.

A system based in small and medium family farmers, composed by forest, lamb meat, parsnip, trouts, legumes, some rye, olive and wine, in particular, and, more recently, dairy sheep of the breed “Bordaleira”, which is a base for a specialized cheese production system – the cheese from Serra da Estrela – perhaps the most recognized cheese from Portugal.

From the transhumance to the cheese production we will be guided by the hand of shepherds and understand the delicate (un)balances of this complex food system and an important “slice” of Portugal´s food history.

Experience

This experience begins with accommodation in a charming small hotel in Murtosa folowed by a thematic dinner.  Optionally, the experience can start from Coimbra.
The territory of Beiras and Serra da Estrela is located in the central region of Portugal. Its , limited to the north by the Douro region, to the east by Spain and to the west by the regions of Coimbra and Viseu.
The hightlands  and surrounding territories  have  a differentiated food heritage. Its based on traditional products and breads including  bread, lamb and the world´s known  cheese. The latest   has constituted to a productive specialization that is shaping the traditional landscape and related  ecosystem.
After breakfast, you will travel to “Beira Alta”  region contacting  with traditional family farming systems including and fruits and wine production (Dão region).  You will visit a winery where lunch will be served. You will travel to  Seia where a presentation of  Serra da Estrela´s ecosystem will be made. After that you will  visit an artisanal cheese production factory.  Going up the mountain, you will observe the persistence of pastures, traditional irrigation systems and cereal production. You will continue towards the village of Loriga where you will be accommodated and a thematic dinner will be prepared. On the following day, after breakfast,you will continue to Oliveira do Hospital visiting trout productioná units where lunch will be served. In the afternoon you will  return to Coimbra or Murtosa.

Included

Personalized service
Specialized  guide /facilitator
Private transportation
Thematic  meals (two lunches and two dinners)
Accommodation in a “foodzcapes” certified charming hotel in a double room with breakfast (two nights)
Museum  entrances
Insurance
All taxes
Prices from 396 Euros per person

 

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