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boating near the quinta

Here's a new video on Flickr and here's a bigger one on You Tube and here's another one on how the Quinta came about.

F or the active there's plenty to do! Swimming, sailing, 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!


Sailing or canoeing are both included in the price of your stay, (as are pedaloes, wifi and the sauna), and the views over the lake bring a new surprise every minute, while offering a fascinating variety of birds and animals for the wildlife enthusiast. From hoopoes and herons to tree frogs and mongooses, each season brings its own delights.  


We can organise motor boat rides at a reasonable cost either for those who want to have a look at the full extent of this huge lake or for those who want to experience the amazing fishing here. The two main species on our doorstep are Wide Mouth Bass and Carp, and there's no need to weigh yourself down as when hiring the boat and knowledgeable, local driver all tackle is provided.


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 20 years. 

Two-blokes-with-bins.jpg Take a look at our
Bird Watching Galleries hosted on Flickr and if you want to know what's about at various times of the year visit the Quinta's Birding In Portugal site.


 Don't forget to check out our Birding Blog for recent sightings on the Quinta's Birding trips.


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.


Of course the Quinta's sauna which is close to the lake is understandably very much in demand!
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!

If you're thinking of a holiday here in beautiful rural Portugal, whether you're the active type or you just want to relax, it would not be fair to omit the lashings of delicious food always on offer, and for those who want to learn how we do it there are cookery courses at various times throughout the year.