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Discovering the Cork Tour in The Algarve

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  • Learn about cork and see how it’s produced

  • Guided tour for an in-depth experience

  • Includes hassle-free transportation

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Discovering the Cork Tour in The Algarve
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Discovering the Cork Tour in The Algarve
US$ 11.59
Overview

Immerse yourself in the world of cork on this guided tour. First, visit the Cork Room at the Algarve Costume Museum to see a film and learn about the process from tree to finished product. Then, visit a traditional cork factory to see the process up close, a cork shop to see unique finds made from the material, and take a walk amongst cork trees at a Cork Oak Plantation.

What to Expect

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  • Visit to a traditional cork factory: Learn more about the processes involved in preparing and packing the cork.
  • Visit to a cork shop: Here you can see some of the latest uses of cork  in fashion accessories made of cork fabric. 


Tourism, Cork Industry and Nature

CORK IS THE BARK OF THE CORK OAK

(quercus suber L), a noble tree with very special characteristics that grows in Mediterranean regions such as Spain, Italy, France, Morocco, Algeria and, most particularly, in Portugal, where there are more than 720 thousand hectares of cork forests, as well as a cork industry of considerable economic importance. 

It is an astonishing tree, very long-lived and with an enormous capacity for regeneration. It can live on average 150 to 200 years, despite its bark being stripped around 16 times during its lifetime, at nine-year intervals. 

What is Cork? 

Cork is the bark of the cork oak (Quercus suber L), a noble tree with very special characteristics that grows in Mediterranean regions such as Spain, Italy, France, Morocco, Algeria and, most particularly, in Portugal, where there are more than 720 thousand hectares of cork forests, as well as a cork industry of considerable economic importance. 

It is an astonishing tree, very long-lived and with an enormous capacity for regeneration. It can live on average 150 to 200 years, despite its bark being stripped around 16 times during its lifetime, at nine-year intervals. 

Cork - this vegetable tissue which is harvested with such care, has unique and incomparable qualities which no ingenious human has yet managed to imitate or improve:

  1. very light 

  2. impermeable to liquids and gases 

  3. elastic and compressible 

  4. an excellent thermal and acoustic insulator 

  5. fire retardant 

  6. highly abrasion resistant 

But it is, above all, a material that is one hundred percent natural, recyclable and reusable, essential qualities in a more environmentally friendly and less polluted modern society.

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Reviews (8)

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Didn't run tour as scheduled

Booked via TripAdvisor but they had forgotten to check their e-mail for the last 3 work days, were surprised by my arrival, and didn't run the tour. Word of advice: don't rely on the e-mail confirmation, you have to call them to have any chance...More

1  Thank BrosOnTravel
Reviewed 6 August 2017
Amazing and information cork tour

Probably one of the most enthusiastic guides we have every had. The tour of the cork factory was really interesting, showing the types of cork and how it is prepared for different uses. We then visited the trees to see how the cork is harvested...More

Thank David C
Reviewed 27 October 2016
Best Cork tours in the Algarve

A most impressive experience i have had in long time. The guides and the landscape made my time most pleasurable. If you have the time, please try one of this tours, cork, carob, olive or clay. Thank you Sofia Carrusca and Patricia!!

Thank Joao_Sequeira
Reviewed 13 June 2016
Cork Route

We met up with our guide Sofia at the Sao Bras Costume Museum, where the tour starts. After an interesting intro to the history of cork since Roman times, we went out to see the factory and how the cork is selected and processed. We...More

Thank malenerosa
Reviewed 30 March 2016
Best day out in the Algarve

Informative, interesting, fascinating. A wonderful day out, so good I have now been twice. Everything you ever wanted to know about cork and more. I would thoroughly recommend it. Excellent and well informed tour guide. Make sure you book in advance.

Thank janetyler2016
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