Herdade dos Grous Country Estate - Algarve
A vist here, for just a day or for longer, is an excellent way to deepen your knowledge of Portugal and to enjoy the richness and diversity of the country.
A sprawling and elegant working estate of 1700 acres near Beja in the Alentejo is Vila Vita Parc's newest offering where guests can enjoy a luxury retreat of a different kind. It is called the Herdade dos Grous.
This impressive estate, peppered with ancient olive trees and cork oak forests is situated in the beautiful undulating Alentejo countryside just 11kms from the town of Beja. The rolling hills and white-washed walls of the surrounding villages are the perfect background for the splendid gardens, artificial lake and ordered rows of vines and olive groves. Here the tranquil surroundings, the sound of birdsong and the vast Alentejo skies are all conducive to luxurious rest and relaxation, with the guarantee of quality that one associates with Vila Vita Parc, Algarve's leading resort.
Herdade dos Grous is a famed winery producing prize winning wines - white, red and even the Alentejo's very first Vinho Verde - green wine. The estate is also a working cattle and sheep farm, as well as a horse breeding farm and produces its own high quality olive oil. Guests can tour the estate, vineyards and surroundings on foot, on horseback, on the back of a tractor or even by helicopter.
There is a broad range of activities on offer at Herdade dos Grous that suit holidaying families and couples as well as corporate guests - horse riding, archery, hot air ballooning and a high ropes course specially designed for team-building activities. Special mention of course for the guided tours of the winery and wine cellar. Watersports enthusiasts can enjoy pedalos, canoes and windsurfing on the lake. And the romantics can treat themselves to luxury picnic by the lakeshores or a horse-drawn carriage ride.
As a final temptation, visitors to the Herdade also have the option to rent the luxurious Vila Vita Yacht, which can take up to 10 people on cruises along the Algarve coast. Packages include lunch, drinks and transport to and from the yacht for an amazing day out on the waves. And while in the Algarve, why not enjoy a gourmet experience at the 2 Michelin star Ocean Restaurant at Vila Vita Parc.