Vila Viçosa: Guided Marble Art and Archaeology Tour

Vila Viçosa: Guided Marble Art and Archaeology Tour

From US$ 23.84 per person

Embark on this journey to the world of Alentejo marble and marvel at the mix of nature, architecture, and marble. Be dazzled by fabulous marble buildings, art, and marble extraction.

About this activity

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Duration 3 hours
Starting times 10:00 AM, 2:30 PM
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Live tour guide
Portuguese, English, Spanish, French

Experience

Highlights
  • Travel to the centre of the Portuguese marble world
  • Learn about the history of marble extraction, it's quarries, sawmills, and artisan workshops
  • Enjoy the outstanding landscape of Alentejo
Full description
Start the tour in the center of Vila Viçosa, the Portuguese Marble Capital. It's one of the most stunning villages in the country and marble can be found everywhere. Join a local guide who will introduce you to the entire marble industry: from the ground selection strategies to a variety of the final art pieces. Learn why there is such an unforgettable and unique landscape totally shaped by the opening of the marble quarries through the centuries. Then, visit a quarry and see the marble extraction taking place and notice how dangerous it is. Because the marble isn't ready to be applied right after the extraction, you can also expect a visit to one of many factories where the marble will get the final shape before being sent to the market. You will also visit an artisan workshop to watch the handmade shaping of the marble. The different colors of Portugueses marble have been appreciated since the Romans were the rulers of the Iberian Peninsula, and since then the Alentejo marble was used and exported to the whole world mainly from the quarries of this small but cozy town.
Includes
  • A local pastry
  • Tansportation
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Water
  • Comfortable clothes

Not allowed

  • Sandals or flip flops
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Product ID: 391511