in all EXPERIENCES you´ll have the opportunity to enjoy our Hidden Place, learn about CORK and taste Montado typical products
ADVENTURE | SOCIAL RESPONSABILITY | SELF DEVELOPMENT | TEAM BUILDING
CORK is a NATURAL RESOURCE with UNIQUE FEATURES that allows a significant number os applications recent research has come to discover, beyond the well known CORK STOPPERS you find in the best Wines
It comes from OAK TREES peeling, known as HARVESTING, that may only happen once every 9 to 10 years
The HARVESTING is considered an ART. Only experts that learn since they were young with the oldest, may do it. This is because you have to acquire special skills to not hurt the tree. Any mistake can take to a wound that will remain as a scar forever. Disease can come in through this injuries and that´s why it requires professionals with enormous responsability
Nowadays CORK HARVESTING only found in MEDITERRANEAN BASIN is an alive ancestral ritual not easy to observe. Therefore we decided to design a SPECIAL PROGRAM that allows you the opportunity of following and register with photos and testimonials this very Portuguese happening
The AUTHENTIC MONTADO is the typical CORK OAK FOREST ARCHITECTURE will have the pleasure to present to you. More than a Lanscape it is an AGRO-FOREST-CATTLE SYSTEM, providing self subsistence to THE LOCALS. Here human activity and nature are in BALANCE and BIODIVERSITY evolves leading to HIGH VALUE ECOLOGICAL ECOSYSTEMS.
But these are THREATENED INHERITANCES. CLIMATE CHANGES and AGGRESSIVE MARKETS compromise this socio-economy and therefore its continuity. Your visit helps THECORKMARKETPLACE project to encourage the maintenance of this NATIONAL DISTINCTIVE HERITAGE through the diversification of the local activity.
You may come for a HALF EXPERIENCE, a FULL Day EXPERIENCE or even stay for several days. It begins before the SUNRISE and ends by 5pm. For a few days trained men CARRYING THEIR OWN AX wander in the MONTADO looking for the TREES to harvest. The youngest fellows follow them to help. They are not allowed to touch an ax before several years observing and learning with the olders. They carry the cork and paint the year of the peeling in each bare tree that start to create new cork cells for another 9 to 10 years before being peeled once again. It is fascinating all the knowledge around CORK WORLD.
The AROMA exhaled from the stripped trees, the FRESH AIR, the SILENCE and the NATURE SOUNDS or even the LOCALS SONGS at the RHYTM of the RITUAL are absolutly therapeutic. The NEW LUXURY! Specially for those who come from a city day-by-day stressed and polluted living.
Every spring to summer season, AFTER THE LAST RAINS AND BEFORE THE HIGHEST HEATS, we may take you to a harvesting experience
Meet the experts and witness their work. Hear their stories and whispers. Take nothing but PHOTOS and MEMORIES. At the end we invite you to GENTLY EMPREACE A BARE TREE. Ask to paint the current year number in the tree if it pleases you
IN 2020 - each EXPERIENCE purchased is good until 10 participants. Maximum 24. Send an email for scheduling as it depends on the weather and availability.
CARE FOR ENVIRONMENT & SUPPORTING OUR COMMUNITIES MATTERS Add to your visit other complementary options as PICNIC by Cila, a local Cooker; a CANTE ALENTEJANO performance by the Regional Choir; ADOPT an OAK TREE an investment to last in CARBON RESCUE and BIODIVERSITY conservation. Make it an UNIQUE and very special MEMORY FOR LIFE. Share it with your family, friends, work team and social networks
For your convenience we have partners if you need transportation or a place to stay according to your preferences
Thank you for helping MONTADO to prosper!