Alentejo Coast family activity holiday, Portugal

“A week of activities for families on the Alentejo Coast in Portugal, much more chilled than Algarve, yet lively in all the best ways possible. Staying in Vila Nova De Milfontes.”


Alentejo coast activities | Vila Nova De Milfontes | Furnas beach | Surfing | Canoeing | Orienteering | Surfing, Stand up paddle boarding | Canoeing | Cycling | Zip Wire | Abseiling | Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina or Alentejo National Park

Description of Alentejo Coast family activity holiday, Portugal

This Alentejo Coast family activity holiday in Portugal takes place in a region that is very much off the tourist circuit, although it is a favourite with Portuguese families. Consequently, it has a real-life feel about it, but with the added joys of seaside fun staying in the traditional resort town of Vila Nova De Milfontes. Unlike the Algarve, this is actually one of the country’s most unpopulated regions, with the added bonus of having Alentejo Natural Park on the doorstep.

Not surprisingly, many of our family activities are water-based with the Atlantic waves, magnificent beaches and dramatic cliffs all waiting to be enjoyed. Although this is a small group tour, you can choose as many activities as you wish, according to your interests and budget. As well as surfing, swimming and SUP’ing, we have other activities inland including canoeing and cycling.

The port town of Vila Nova De Milfontes is a great spot for families too, with plenty of family-friendly cafes and restaurants in its typically white washed centre, wonderful walks along the coast or the River Mira and its tributaries, as well as a 16th-century castle.

The holiday price will depend on the number of activities selected. Five activities are included in the price of your holiday - canoeing, surfing, stand-up paddling, canoeing and cycling. Select as many or as few activities as you wish from the schedule and the price can be adjusted accordingly.

Duna Parque apartments: Self-catering apartments with easy access to the beach and the town centre just ten minutes’ walk away. With two swimming pools and spa facilities.

The price of this holiday includes transfers, accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 2 lunches (with activities), 2 dinners, 5 activities, equipment, instructors, local guide.

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

This holiday is based in the centre of a natural park where our local suppliers work in conjunction with the park wardens to ensure that our clients are aware of their surrounding environment and when walking / cycling on demarcated paths they do not stray or leave waste onto ecologically sensitive areas. This is particularly relevant on the coastal sand dunes.

Responsible tourism is a core differentiator for our partners whole business operations and the Alentejo region generally. The unspoilt, natural surroundings are what attract people as a contrast to the intensive, mass tourism of the Algarve. Our partners staff take active steps to ensure our groups behave in an environmentally responsible manner such as sticking to established trails, not leaving anything behind or removing any plants whilst doing the activities through the park. We recycle our garbage environment for the sustainability of both the locality and our livelihood. We work inside the Natural Park, so we have to accomplish the rules from ICN (Institute for the Conservation of Nature) and Turismo Portugal.

This trip allows our guests to be in contact with all our traditions and way of living, and allows them to get closer to the reality of rural Portugal. You will not find big hotels in Milfontes as they're all locally owned. We only work with small groups of not more than 25 people. Tourism has a very important role in this region and contributes to the sustainable development of our community. The human intervention on the environment is very controlled by the ICN.

The Impacts of this Trip

Our local partners are heavily integrated into the local community. All our guides and drivers are from the area and we have instigated many initiatives with the county council supporting cultural and sporting events - even maintaining the only grass football pitch in the locality. Families are encouraged to hold mini football tournaments with the local children which are a great way of interacting with the local community without any language barriers.

The lower Alentejo area is undiscovered by northern Europeans mass tourism as it is too far from international airports. It is very popular with the native Portuguese and we are working to create holidays not just for northern European families but with the Portuguese to enable an exchange of cultural information. By encouraging responsible tourism in this developing area it means that mass tourism and over development are less likely to become a threat to this beautiful part of the world.

We also encourage our guests to eat and drink in the locally owned bars and restaurants which help to spread the income and also provide a great experience for the customers. We also provide free time for guests and encourage them to book activities locally. The holiday operates in a rural environment so our business represents a very important alternative regarding local employment opportunities. Most of our leaders were born in the region and others have lived in this region for a long time. They're all part of our community and share the same values and culture. Through their employment this also supports other local businesses in the area through the tourism multiplier effect.


6 Reviews of Alentejo Coast family activity holiday, Portugal

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 29 Jan 2019 by

Trying paddle boarding for the first time was great fun but in fact all the activities were good. Well organised and pitched at an ideal level for our 8, 11 & 13 year old boys. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2018 by

We did not want it to end. Our apartment was comfortable and well equipped and VilaNovade Milfontes a charming place to explore. Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2018 by

All the activity days were really well organised and it was fantastic to be able to try out a new activity - often somewhere which felt quite remote and off the beaten track - only to return to the start point and find a lovely lunch set up for us in a lovely shady spot somewhere. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2016 by

Excellent. Well organised and well executed.... Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Aug 2016 by

Thoroughly enjoyable, like going to the best adventure birthday party day after day. Read full review

Reviewed on 18 Aug 2013 by

11/10....Just go! Read full review

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