There's plenty to do!
For the active there’s plenty to do! Swimming, canoeing and fishing are available for children, beginners and experienced enthusiasts alike right on your doorstep, while a vast sparsely populated countryside dotted with small Alentejan “montes” set amidst hillsides of cork trees awaits all walkers; we’ll even provide the dogs if you want some company!
The Quinta is also a draw for star-gazers, for, with a Bortle reading of 3, there are really very few other places that match it for clear, unobstructed open skies with pretty well zero light polution.
The surrounding countryside is a patchwork of Cork Oak forests, ("Montados"), and self-sufficient homesteads, small farms and eucalyptus forests. It is in a wonderful birdwatching area and the Quinta's owner, Frank, is a professional Birdwatching Guide who's been running guided birdwatching and photography trips throughout the whole of Southern Portugal for over 30 years. You can come on your own, with a partner or friend, in a group of your own making or with an Agency Group - in fact anyway you like!
If you want to know what's about at various times of the year visit the Quinta's Birding In Portugal site. There's over a thousand pictures of the various species we see in the area in the Taxonomic Galleries.
2022 Retreat and Activity Weeks
Following our successful Batik'n'Birding Weeks and Printing with Birding Weeks over the last few years we plan to run some more again in 2022. For full details please click here.
Frank'll be guiding Nature Lovers - and especially Birdwatchers - throughout the year, (full details here), and Travelling Naturalist will be running a Birding Week starting on the 2nd April for those who like to come as part of a dedicated group.
Lucy Gell will be running a "Batik and Printing with Birding" Week from 21st May which'll include the option of 2 local walks or hide Birding mornings with Frank as well as the optionional extra of a visit to a local potter and a Chocolate Museum.
Michelle Gupta of Embody Harmony will be running a Tai Chi week from the 12th June which'll include a few Yoga sessions as well led by Daniela.
We'll also have a couple of weeks for those interested in having a week's holiday whose primary focus is Yoga and Wellbeing.
Jamila Pumm will be leading a "Yoga of Bliss" week, and Wendy Palmer-Grove will be leading a "Wellbeing through Nature" retreat, (including Tai Chi Qigong, Mindfulness walks, meditation and yoga, Breath exercises, local Nature Walks and Coaching, all with no experience required).
Canoeing & SUPs
Canoes are included in the price of your stay, and there are SUPs, (Stand Up Paddleboards), also included. With a coastline just short of 250 kms there’s plenty of scope for exploration, and with no currents these water-based activities are as safe and enjoyable as you can get.
Yoga and Shiatsu Massages
We offer "Well Being" courses with accredited therapists and even have our own resident Shiatsu masseuse, Frank's wife, Daniela, who is always on hand and willing to smooth away those city stresses - even when the Quinta is not running one of it's definitive courses. There is also a large, open-air Shala available with mats etc for anyone to use at anytime free-of-charge.
However it's not just nature and water lovers who benefit from the Quinta's geographical location in this sparsely populated region. The roads of the area, with beautiful sweeping curves and very little traffic, bring motorcyclists from all over the world and the Quinta's staff are always on hand to promote their favourite rides!
Golf is a sport enjoyed at its best in sunshine and generally good weather. Portugal and the Algarve in particular is world famous for its wonderful golf courses and the country is therefore a popular destination for golfing holidays. There are plenty of courses within an hour or so’s drive but two of the best are Palmares Golf, (located between Portimao and Lagos), and San Lorenzo Golf Course, (located just to the west of Faro). The former offers a wonderful combination of dunes and hills while the latter is currently rated number 1 in all of Portugal and indeed is regarded by many as one of Europe’s finest. You will find more information on these and other golf courses on the Algarve on Algarve-Portal.com
The Quinta’s lake is an excellent fishing location. The two main species on our doorstep are Wide Mouth Bass and Carp, and there’s no need to weigh yourself down with equipment as we have local professional Fishing Guides, complete with boats, rods, tackle and all the extras.
There is a professional chef at all times and breakfast, lunch and dinner are available for guests. Much of the excellent home-made food is fresh from the organic garden; honey from the hives on the hillside, free-range eggs from our local chickens, bread baked daily with flour from the local mill and, of course, fish from the lake. There's more information on this page.
The style is "International Home Cooking" , i.e. our meals are prepared on site with, as far as possible, local ingredients. There's lashings of it - you won't go hungry - and it's not from packets.