Cork and the Cork Oak Forest

CORK&CORK is a nature experience that allows you to learn about the cork product, the cork cycle, including exploration of the cork oak forest of the Alentejo and a guided tour to a cork transformation factory. You will also have the chance to experience the regional gastronomy and a wine-tasting session at a local cellar.

The Stand-Up Paddle (SUP) activity complements this experience perfectly, as our boards use cork as one of the raw materials and the activity itself takes place in reservoirs surrounded by cork oaks, helping to fully connect you to nature.

Location

Estremoz and Portalegre

Departure point

Lisbon or the Alentejo

Goal

To get close to nature, the cork oak woodland and the cork cycle

Timetable

8.30am-8.30pm – flexible allowing for changes

Route

Route with SUP:

Departure – hotel in Lisbon or the Alentejo
SUP activity at the Barragem dos Minutos reservoir
Regional lunch at a high-quality restaurant
Guided tour on Jeep to an Alentejo Cork Oak Forest
Wine and regional products tasting session in a local cellar
Return – hotel in Lisbon or in Alentejo

Without SUP:

Departure – hotel in Lisbon or the Alentejo
Guided tour on Jeep to an Alentejo Cork Oak Forest
Regional lunch at a high-quality restaurant
Guided tour to a cork transformation  factory
Wine and regional products tasting session in a local cellar
Return – hotel in Lisbon or in Alentejo

The tour may include:

Door-to-door return transport for up to 6 people

Exploration of the Alentejo woodland

Regional lunch in a high-quality restaurant

Guided tour of the Cork transformation factory

Car tour of the destination city

Wine and regional products tasting session.

The Stand-Up Paddle (1h30 minutes) option may be added to your experience, with a certified instructor and equipment included.

Prices per person

 includes2 to 3 people4 to 6 peopleTotal time of the tour
1/2 DayCork oak woodland visit + SUP + transport€90€756h
1 Dayall included with/without SUP€195€16912h

Portugal, the world’s largest cork producer

Cork oak woodland is the dominant landscape of the Alentejo, which is why we make it a central pillar of our services, from the materials we use to the natural resources we explore. This woodland was created by man and has a very particular ecosystem, comprising cork oak trees in a very delicate equilibrium and a subsystem only possible in the Mediterranean climate, especially the south of the Iberian Peninsula, and Algeria and Morocco. In Portugal, the country with the largest area of cork oaks in the world (33% of the worldwide area), cork oak woodlands have legal protection, whereby it is forbidden to cut them down and their cultivation is encouraged, making Portugal the world’s number one exporter of cork and manufacturer of cork stoppers. The cork oak woodlands are a forest ecosystem of extreme importance because of their manageable sustainability, allowing a profitable cork production operation to be conciliated with the conservation of the environmental functions of these woodlands.
In the months of June and July, and sometimes in August, we can also observe the stripping of the cork oaks, leaving the striking ochre-orange tree trunks bare, illuminating the wood.