Cork grows on cork trees. Why this was a surprise to me, I’ll never know. Driving through the Alentejo region of eastern Portugal, we passed hundreds of cork trees lining the road. We were heading west from Evora to see the ancient monolith and Megalithic circle in the region. Had we been without our girls, we may have also been wine tasting.
We stopped to explore the cork trees:
In Evora, we noticed a variety of cork products are available for purchase ranging from handbags and hats to postcards.
Our interest piqued, we wanted to know more. We were living in a home exchange house in Palamós Spain. When we visited the nearby medieval town of Palafrugell, famous for Museo del Corcho (Catalan for “cork museum”).
- Spain and Portugal are home to over half of the world’s cork forests.
- The building housing the Cork Museum in Palafrugell is a former cork factory.
- Check opening hours and prices for the Cork Museum at their official website.
- We carried Lonely Planet Western Europe Travel Guide as we travelled, and found it a great resource to discover intereting places like the Cork Museum.
- If you are heading to Europe, Eurail is a great way to get around. Check Prices and find the Eurail Pass that is right for you.
- Check hotel prices at Booking.com.