Family Holidays

The Alentejo suits families

Continuing our  celebration of  biodiversity, the next stop is Monte Selvagem, just a stone’s throw away  in Montemor-o-Novo. In Mora, visit the Fluviário, the first large freshwater aquarium in Europe.

Close by, in the Reservoir of Maranhão, as well as the river beach, you can also enjoy water skiing lessons, swimming pools, camp sites,  motor caravan parks, and apartments to  rent.

From here, you can explore other water routes. The Ecotourism Centre of Ribeira Grande, in Fronteira, also has a small river beach, swimming pools, pedestrian routes and a well kept secret that is guaranteed to please the youngsters: an astronomy  observatory equipped with the latest technology for sky photography. For a more cultural day , explore the horse riding lessons, falconry shows and themed exhibits at the Coudelaria de Alter, founded during the reign of King D. João V.

Continue on the historic route and go to the  Tapestry Museum in Portalegre.

If your children insist on a second swim ,  on the way you will find the river beach of Quinta do Alamal, located  in the heart of the Tagus river, and perfect for the quality of its  water and surrounding green spaces . Another alternative for more refreshing bathing is the leisure Centre of Portagem, in Marvão,  on the banks of the natural swimming pool of the river Sever.

In Arronches, you must visit  the Museum of (A) Brincar and its immense collection of toys hidden in the local Castle. A must  for the whole family is Paço Ducal de Vila Viçosa, one of the most famous and impressive palaces of the Alentejo.

In the  World Heritage city, you have to  stop by the Museum of Évora, which has  programmes for  children.  While you are there, the Kartódromo de Évora (Cart Track), provides  more extreme experiences, and can be enjoyed by the rest of the family. 
If you are thinking of  staying for a few days  not far from there, in the Marina of Amieira, in the Alqueva Reservoir, Portel, you can  rent a houseboat for a  unique experience. The wide range of nautical sports also ensures fun for all ages.

Be sure not to miss the environmental education excursions.

Southwards, we recommend the Insectozoo (Insect Zoo), a small museum in Vila Ruiva (Cuba), the Parque de Natureza (Nature Park) de Noudar, 8 km from Barrancos, the Centro de Educação Ambiental (Environmental Education Centre) of Vale Gonçalinho, in Castro Verde, Ecoteca Fluvial Saramugo (River EcoLibrary), and the Centros de Ciência Viva (Living Science Centres) of Estremoz and Lousal.

Once you arrive  at the Alentejo beaches – many of which have the  Blue Flag, which puts everone’s mind at rest  – stop by Vila Nova de Milfontes. During the summer, take the time to go with  your family on  the tourist train which runs from the historic centre to the sandy beach. Fun  guaranteed  for children and grown-ups!

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1 Point of departure: Grândola
Tourist Activities
Edifício Administrativo de Tróia, Ponte de Adoxe
7570-789 CARVALHAL GDL - Tróia
T work+351 210119100
38.493319, -8.902294
2 Montemor-o-Novo
3 Mora
4 Alter do Chão
5 Gavião
6 Nisa
7 Castelo de Vide
8 Marvão
9 Portalegre
10 Arronches
11 Estremoz
12 Évora
Museums and places to visit
Herdade dos Almendres, Nossa Sra Guadalupe
T work+351 266777071 | F fax+351 266732075
38.564011, -8.0483
13 Portel
Tourist Activities
Amieira Marina
7220-999 AMIEIRA PRL - Amieira
T work+351 266611173 | F fax+351 266611063
38.276825, -7.534061
14 Cuba
15 Barrancos
16 Mértola
17 Arraiolos
18 Odemira
20 Santiago de Cacém
21 Santiago do Cacém

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