Experiences to
Savor “Slowly, Slowly”

Grow your own vegetable garden, observe the rice farming process and other agricultural activities
and benefit from the restorative effects of yoga.

Experiences
to savor “slowly, slowly”

Rice Cultivation

Observe how rice is grown, from ploughing and planting (May to June) to harvesting and threshing (August and September) and contemplate the seasonal variations of the rice fields: the earthy tones of the fields at rest in the fall; the stillness of flooded fields in winter and spring, and the green ears of rice swinging in the wind during the summer.

Cork Extraction

Observe the cork extraction in July and August, when temperatures reach 40ºC and dry weather allows the cork tree to be exposed without damage. It is impressive to see the speed and skill of the extractors using a very sharp axe to cut large cork planks without damaging the tree.

Biking

Explore our 270 hectar farm by bike and breath in the scent of the countryside. Bicycles are provided free of charge to all guests who want to discover the cork tree forest, the tranquillity of the river, the wide view of the viewpoint and the numerous waterfowl that live in the rice paddies.

Walks and Orienteering

Walk at your own pace on your chosen route and discover the beauty of our landscapes. The “River and Ricefield Trail”, with 4.5 km and the “Cork Forest Trail”, with 12 km, pass through the highlights of the farm, including the “Sobreira da Longa Vida”, a cork tree with several hundred years and a legend.

Picnic

We will prepare you a delicious picnic with traditional flavours such as bread, cheese and olives from Alentejo, as well as flavoured water, juice, jams, toast, fresh fruit and a blanket to relax under the treetops surrounded by the sounds and scents of nature (price on request).

Stargazing

Contemplate the starry sky from Casas do Rio Sado where an average of 300 sunny days per year and extremely low levels of light pollution enable naked eye observation of the majestic Milky Way, the Ursa Major, the Ursa Minor, the Cassiopeia and a wide variety of other constellations. For groups of 12 or more people, we can arrange a presentation guided by an astronomer with two telescopes to see details such as the Saturn´s rings and the texture of the Moon (price on request).