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Black Pigs & White Gold: A Journey Through Algarve

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Castro Marim, Portugal

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What is this?

This is a journey into the heart of the Algarve's rural hinterland, unveiling the region's culinary treasures hidden away from the typical tourist path. Your exploration begins in Zambujal, where Rui, a former banker turned passionate advocate for traditional black pig farming, welcomes you. Rui, having traded his office, paperwork, and bureaucracy, for the open fields of his family's farm, now produces some of the Algarve's finest ham. This segment of the tour not only introduces you to Rui's esteemed black pork meat through interactive discussions and tastings but also celebrates the craft of ham, a prized local delicacy. The adventure continues with a 30-minute scenic drive to Castro Marim, a haven for the traditional art of salt harvesting. Under the guidance of a seasoned salt farmer, you'll immerse yourself in the delicate process of “flor de sal” collection, experiencing firsthand the blend of culture, conservation, and culinary excellence that defines these vibrant communities.

What makes this unique?

This curated tour intricately weaves the peaceful allure of the Algarve's countryside with its emerging food scene. It takes you from the pastoral tranquility of Zambujal, where the art of traditional pork production is a way of life, to the historic salt pans of Castro Marim, renowned for producing the finest sea salt. Indulge in the region's best pork and discover the ancient craft of salt making, an experience seldom encountered by the average visitor. This exceptional journey will satisfy your palate and forge a connection with the dedicated individuals upholding these timeless practices. In Castro Marim, the age-old technique of hand-harvested salt, aligned with nature's rhythms, exemplifies a sustainable lifestyle that has contributed to the Mediterranean's culinary wealth for centuries. This Experience is a testament to human creativity, a dedication to preserving cultural and ecological legacies, and a unique opportunity to delve deep into Algarve's traditions and rural charm.

What is the profile of the host?

Experience the Algarve through the eyes of locals deeply passionate about their crafts. Rui, with his revolutionary approach to pig farming, brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to sustainable practices. Jorge is the visionary behind the salt farm that has revitalized the traditional craft of salt harvesting in Castro Marim. His expertise makes him a captivating guide through the salt harvesting process. In addition, you will be accompanied by a guide from João’s team, and you'll be ensured an enriching experience filled with personal stories and insider knowledge.

What to bring?

Drive over to the meeting point in your own transportation and follow your guide’s car from one location to another. Comfortable footwear is recommended. Also bring an appetite eager to explore the rich flavors of the Algarve's culinary delights.

How do we get there?

We recommend to use private transport
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EUR 180
per person

Private experience

5.5 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants to make the base costs and logistics work. Fewer people can book this but will be charged a supplemental fee to achieve the minimum. What’s included: A guided tour and tasting at Rui's black pig farm in Zambujal and a salt farm in Castro Marim. Tastings at both farms. Lunch at the pig farm.
Offered in English

Private experience

5.5 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants to make the base costs and logistics work. Fewer people can book this but will be charged a supplemental fee to achieve the minimum. What’s included: A guided tour and tasting at Rui's black pig farm in Zambujal and a salt farm in Castro Marim. Tastings at both farms. Lunch at the pig farm.
Offered in English
calendar
EUR 180
per person

Private experience

5.5 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants to make the base costs and logistics work. Fewer people can book this but will be charged a supplemental fee to achieve the minimum. What’s included: A guided tour and tasting at Rui's black pig farm in Zambujal and a salt farm in Castro Marim. Tastings at both farms. Lunch at the pig farm.
Offered in English

Private experience

5.5 hours
This experience accommodates a minimum of 4 and maximum of 8 participants to make the base costs and logistics work. Fewer people can book this but will be charged a supplemental fee to achieve the minimum. What’s included: A guided tour and tasting at Rui's black pig farm in Zambujal and a salt farm in Castro Marim. Tastings at both farms. Lunch at the pig farm.
Offered in English