Trans-frontier Coffee-Smuggler’s trails with donkey.
Follow the Smuggler’s routes, criss crossing the border between the Spanish Extremadura and the Portuguese Alto Alentejo, used for centuries, rediscovered, explore the “Wild West” of the Extremadura accompanied by our donkeys and a tour guide.
Donkey Trekking on Transfrontier Coffee Smuggler’s trails
Discover the unknown region between the Spanish Extremadura and the Portuguese Alto Alentejo. Follow the centuries old smuggler’s trails that criss-cross the frontier, now protected by “Serra de São Mamede”, “Tajo International” and “Sierra de San Pedro” Natural Parks. The fascinating range of wildlife both flora and fauna and the cultural heritage found here is outstanding.
We take you and your children back in time in one of the most beautiful areas of Europe. All the walks are guided, kids can ride or lead their donkey as you experience a different world.
The paths take you through impressive olive groves, over medieval cobbled roads and narrow cross country paths, lined by beautiful stone walls. Up until the seventies goods such as coffee, bread, ham and cheese or garlic and eggs were smuggled, often on a donkey’s back, from one country to the other.
Cork oak forests and chestnut groves still cover a large area and the once overgrown paths have been slowly opened up and rediscovered for walking and trekking. The path traverses, up and down over streams and rivers, using tiny bridges or stepping stones, passing beside isolated farmhouses and through villages and hamlets.
Along the way with friendly donkeys, patiently accompanying us, bringing smiles not only to the kids faces but also to the local’s who love to see them back, and are frequently inspired to enter in to conversations about the “glorious days of smuggling”. A very special and unforgettable experience!￼￼
Price: 7 nights, full board, English speaking tour guide and donkey: price per person in a double room is £650. (alternatively we offer a 4 night option, full board, English speaking tour guide, donkey
price per person in a double room is £360.-) Single rooms in the same 2 bedroom apartment available for the same price for a third person or child.
There are only 2 apartments with 2 double bedrooms available. Children under 14 get 20% discount, not recommended for children under 7 years old due to the length of the walks.
Minimum number of 3 participants. Transfer from and to the local train or bus station on request.
Duration: 7 nights packet / 4 nights packet
Dates: Dates are flexible, start any day between March and October