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 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're interested in an Agency Group, Frank'll be leading two week-long Groups for "Travelling Naturalist" in 2020, the first for the seven nights of 4th to 10th April and the second for the seven nights of 19th to 25th September.
If you want to know what's about at various times of the year visit the Quinta's Birding In Portugal site.
2020 Retreat and Activity Weeks
Following our successful Batik'n'Birding Weeks and Printing with Birding Weeks over the last few years we’re running some more again in 2020.
Marie-Thérèse King and Lucy Gell will be sharing a "Batik and Printing with Birding" Week for the seven nights of 4th to 10th July. There’ll be included 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. There’s limited space so book early!
Later in the year Marie-Thérèse returns for the seven nights of 3rd to 9th October for a Batik Week where she'll be bringing along her own Yoga Instructor, Sally Padget.
We 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 for the seven nights of 31st May to 6th June, Rosie and Emma Markwick will be leading a "Deep Dive Retreat" for the six nights of 12th to 17th July, 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) for the seven nights of 11th to 17th September.
So, just for clarity, the Activity and Retreat breaks we have for 2020 are as follows:-
7 nights of 4th to 10th April Travelling Naturalist "Birding the Alentejo and the Algarve during the Spring migration"
7 nights of 31st May to 6th June inclusive Jamila Pumm "Yoga of Bliss"
6 nights of 12th to 17th July inclusive Rosie and Emma Markwick "Deep Dive Retreat"
7 nights of 3rd to 9th October inclusive Marie-Thérèse King "Batik with Yoga"
7 nights of 11th to 17th September Wendy Palmer-Grove "Wellbeing through Nature"
7 nights of 19th to 25th September Travelling Naturalist "Birding the Alentejo and the Algarve during the Autumn migration"
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. If you’re interested in one of our Yoga weeks just drop us a line.
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.
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.