The Shades of Marble Route - 1 Day itinerary - Vila Viçosa and Borba

This itinerary can be implemented with the support of Spira - Revitalização Patrimonial.

Introduction to the itinerary

Be in the vast Alentejo’s “montado” (the unique cork tree forest), in the picturesque rural houses or in the monumental regional architecture, one common element dominates the landscape and gives it a unique and extraordinary beauty - the marble.

The Shades of Marble Route is therefore an invitation to meet the eccentric universe, wild and deeply mysterious, of the marble in Alentejo.

The following itinerary is available all year round. Weather limitations may occur regarding outdoor visits to quarries. Meeting and departure point organized in accordance to group interest. Schedule can be adjusted to groups interest and availability

> Morning (Vila Viçosa)

The day begins with a tour to a deep quarry, followed by a tour inside one of the many plants in the region, a magical place where marble is brought in huge blocks and, after thorough processing, it is cut into various shapes and sizes, becoming slowly the essential component for masterpieces.

  • Meeting point at the Vila Viçosa Tourism Office
  • Visit to the quarry Marmetal
  • Visit to the Factory Marmetal
  • Climbing to the Quarry of the Mouro

> Lunch (Borba)

One of the highlights of the day comes after you sit down to eat the best dishes the traditional and renown gastronomy has to offer. Of course, we are now in Borba, one of the most important wine regions in Alentejo and in Portugal.

  • Dom Vinho restaurante

> Afternoon (Borba)

In order to better digest the wonderful meal you just had, we’ll guide you through the historical centre of Borba, where visitors will have the opportunity to experience the peculiarities and beauty of the main ancient monuments.

  • Visit to the Convent of the Servants of Christ
  • Visit to Saint Bartholomew Church
  • Tour in the historical centre of Borba

By the end of the day, what could be better than a guided tour to the Marble Museum, followed by an wine tasting and an olive oil tasting at the Adega Cooperativa of Borba (cooperative winery).

  • Visit to the Museum, tasting of wine and olive oil at Adega Coop. Borba

Other information

The Route and all its itineraries can be enjoyed by all kinds of groups. Although, considering some of the activities related to the visiting of quarries, safety restrictions may apply to certain groups or ages.

In order to get to know conditions or other options of marbles routes operated by Spira, we suggest a visit to the webpage of the Shades of Marble Route.

It is always possible to organize tours including places previously selected by the groups.