Sustainability Tours

On Saturday, 16th of July, two guided tours with a focus on sustainability related issues are offered. Here you can find all information about Tour 1 and Tour 2. In order to sign up, please select your preferred tour as an add-on in the conference registration. Limited places available!

Sustainability Tour 1 - Sustainable management of cultural landscapes

Seeking sustainability in Alentejo: Évora world heritage, agriculture and gastronomy at Herdade do Esporão

Saturday, 16th of July - Departure 08:00 - Return ~18:30


University of ÉvoraThis tour crosses one of the less known regions of Portugal, the deep Alentejo. We shall see a Mediterranean landscape far away from the Mediterranean Sea, poor by conventional development standards but rich in nature, cultural heritage and quality of life. The hard land and climate has fostered innovative solutions towards sustainability. We will have an unconventional tour around the millennia-old city of Évora, a World Heritage site. Then we will observe modern biological agricultural practice, taste the local gastronomy and award-winning wines at Herdade do Esporão, a family business with a very special outlook on social and environmental responsibility. On our way back, we shall have a brief look at Alqueva, the controversial dam and irrigation project that created the largest artificial lake in Europe.

Herdade do Esporão Herdade do Esporão Olive tree Alqueva

Programme­ (downloadable pdf version)

08:00 Bus departs from UNL Campus of Campolide (main entrance of the Rectorate building)
09:30Arrival at Évora
Tour off the beaten track guided by historians and archaeologists with the Regional Directorate for Culture of Alentejo
12:00Departure toward the village Reguengos de Monsaraz (close to the winery)
12:30Arrival at the winery Herdade do Esporão
Tour of the property and discussion of agricultural production methods
Local gastronomy and a selection of Esporão wines
15:30Departure to Lisbon via Alqueva
On-board briefing on the merits and shortcomings of the Alqueva project
~18:30Arrival at Lisbon

Note: Comfortable clothing, including hat and walking shoes is recommended, along with water and sun cream.

Map Sustainability Tour 1

Map Sustainability Tour 1

Logo Esporão

Sustainability Tour 2

Integrating nature conservation with sustainability fisheries and tourism

Saturday, 16th of July - Departure 08:00 - Return ~18:00


This tour aims to show one important coastal area in Portugal, where nature conservation is integrated with economical activities.

Visits will be planned to the fishing village of Sesimbra, the fishing port area and the fishermen’s traditional Fishing cooperative “Artesanal Pesca”, a boat trip to Luiz Saldanha Marine Park and a walking tour into the Arrábida Natural ParkSesimbraSerra da Arrábida

Boat trip

Programme (downloadable pdf version)

08h:00Bus departs from UNL Campus of Campolide (main entrance of the Rectorate building)
09h:00Artesanal Pesca fishermen’s traditional Fishing cooperative.
Artesanal Pesca is a fishing operators’ cooperative that was founded in 1986 with the aim of adding value to the products of the sea caught by traditional fishermen in Sesimbra.
10h:00Boat trip to Luiz Saldanha Marine Park
The Luiz Saldanha Marine Park sits directly under the Arrabida, stretches of white sand, and incredible rock formations that hold an almost unbelievable amount of life including invertebrates, crustaceans, and many species of fish. The area is like paddling in an aquarium with a permanent resident pod of Dolphins and water visibility up to seventy feet. This diverse habitat was incorporated into a Marine Park in 1998.
12h:30 Lunch in a restaurant at the fishermen village Sesimbra (+time for a walk through the village)
15.00Visit to Museu do Mar e de Pesca - Fortaleza de Santiago (Fisheries and Maritime Museum at Santiago Fortress)
Brief presentation of the urban seafront regeneration strategy and short visit to the historical centre
16.00Visit to Arrábida Natural Park
Arrábida Natural Park has incomparable natural beauty, where the blue of the sea alternates with the white tones of the chalk cliffs and the depths of the green vegetation that covers the mountain range.
One of the main attractions of the Park is the wealth of its native vegetation. One of the rare examples of Mediterranean vegetation in Portugal can be found here, and its preservation was one of the reasons, which led the Arrábida zone to be considered as a genuine international scientific relic.
~18.00Arrival in Lisbon

Note: Comfortable clothing, including hat and walking shoes is recommended. Water and sun cream is also highly recommended.

Map Sustainability Tour 2

Map Sustainability Tour 2

SesimbraArtesanal PescaICNFCamara Sesimbra