"Portagem, a medieval toll and a natural swimming pool", the local experience

Nature and outdoor

Promotion: 20% OFF

100% private experience - You and your friends only

  • 4 hours
  • Up to 4 participants
  • English, Portuguese, Spanish
  • $Free cancellation: up to last 24h

Its name means "toll" and its history is rich and dates back to the Medieval times: Portagem is an impressive town immersed in stunning nature. Together with your expert local guide, learn all about Portagem’s ancient history and contemporary culture, such as its poor but incredibly tasty and surprising cuisine… and even try it in one of the best local spots! Then conclude your experience in a natural river pool, where the water will refresh your body and your soul, all while admiring the incredible view over the nearby citadels.

2 things you will never forget

  • Swimming in a natural river pool while admiring Marvão: refreshing for the body and nurturing for the mind
  • Diving into the Alentejan’s gastronomy with local surprises that will tickle your appetite

Discover what your amazing day will look like

Let's meet: We will meet at the bridge (Largo das Almas) in Portagem. An alternative could be to see you in Marvão (entrance gate).

We will start by visiting the bridge and the toll tower, your guide will explain to you the role they played in the past. Then we will head to the swimming pool (1 min walk), to chill out there.

Portagem has the best restaurants in the area. Plenty of choices, depending on whether you favor being outside vs. inside, small vs. crowded place, cheap or expensive food. In any case, your guide will find the best choice for you: cod (Portuguese greatest delicacy!) and local desserts: serradura (a favourite!) and baba de camelo (literally: camel’s drooling. Veeeery sugary!).

For the second part of the tour, we can go to Ammaia, Marvão or Castelo de Vide. Your guide will brief you on the options. In case the day is too hot, what we also sometimes recommend is to save the swimming pool for the hottest hours, just after lunch.

Return to the starting point.

... and this is just the beginning !

Not being in a rush. Leaving space for the unexpected. Enjoy the local vibe and create unforgettable memories.

This is what our experiences are really all about. So start your own Live Story, and let the magic happen!

  • Authentic & local meal

Meet Sara, your Local Guide

Picture of Sara Rodriguez Romo

Hi, I'm Sara! I was born in Olivenza, a place that used to be Portuguese but is now Spanish. As they say here, I am a daughter of Spain and a granddau...ghter of Portugal; that's how I feel. I studied philosophy and archaeology. These are not only my passions, but also what the neighbouring provinces of Extremadura and Alentejo and their inhabitants radiate and share with their visitors. I also love to travel, and the best way to do so is to visit my friends all over the world, so that they can show me their REAL country. I believe this is the only way to get to know a place, and that is the person I would like to be for you! I am outgoing, full of energy and definitely a fan of history, mythology and legends. If you add to this a good little drink at the end of the experience, you will remember this moment forever.

The meeting point

Sara will be waiting for you at Largo das Almas

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Other important information


  • Kids-friendly
  • Pregnancy friendly
  • Food allergic friendly
  • Cardiac friendly

Practical information

  • Bring comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Although not suited for cobblestones, flip flops are highly recommended for the swimming pool, as well as a swimming suit.
  • It will likely be hot so please some bring water, wear a hat and have sunscreen.
  • Some places accept credit cards but cash is always recommended just in case.

Cancellation policy

Full refund up to 24h prior to your experience.

If, for any reason, you would like to cancel the Live Story experience you booked on itinari, simply send an email to cancellation@itinari.com. Please do not forget to mention your first name, family name and booking ID in your message (ID can be found in the confirmation emails of your experience). Since money transfers between banks can take some time, please note that the money might take up to 10 days before being available on your bank account.

Any experience due to happen within the next 24h cannot be reimbursed, out of exceptional circumstances such as a medical emergency, a natural disaster or a pandemic that would affect your availability at the chosen date.

Who are our local guides ?

All our Guides are part of a giant network of passionate locals, spread all around the world.

They are all carefully selected True Locals. Local dwellers, or people living in close vicinity, possessing strong local knowledge and acquaintances, and able - thanks to their skills and personality - to transform your unique Live Story into a really unforgettable experience.

They are social, friendly, flexible and trustworthy. But above all, they love to share with others what they love themselves in the first place. With them, be ready to live a local experience like you never did before.

COVID-19 info

At itinari, guaranteeing the safety and good health of our customers, partners and employees (guides, editors, team) is a top priority. So, in accordance with the regulations decided by local authorities at destination, our guides have been trained and are up to date with regard to the enforcement of safety measures and good practices. All this to ensure a safe and memorable Live Story experience. These practices are :

  • Social distancing
  • Hand sanitation prior and potentially during the experience
  • Wearing masks in all the places where social distancing can not be practiced
  • Optional usage of plastic gloves

    Gloves are not mandatory, but strongly recommended should the experience require a lot of manual interactions with your guide or local individuals.

Missing your mask? No more gel?

Try to bring your own mask and hand sanitizer before coming to your experience. Still, if needed, your guide can provide you with some if needed.

The itinari guarantee

No bad surprises

You already know the story since you've read it. Yours will be even more memorable and unique.

Truly local

Our guides are chosen for their local knowledge and anchorage. Which they are happy to share with you.

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Do not stick to your average tour. Live a real local behind-the-scenes adventure. To be remembered forever.

Sara Rodriguez Romo

"Portagem, a medieval toll and a natural ..."

with your exclusive local guide Sara

€32 per p.

(€40) 20% OFF

100% satisfied. Or 100% refunded !