Given a choice, the Portuguese don’t all swarm to the Algarve for their holidays. A short distance to the north-west, the Alentejo Coast is attractively unspoilt and naturally beautiful, a perfect spot for families with young children.
The Atlantic shoreline is of course ideal for surfing, and the sea here is typically boisterous enough to excite would-be surfers of all ages, on ‘bodyboards’, surfboards and even with kite-surfing gear. Instruction and equipment, including wetsuits, are provided; parents can retreat and sunbathe.
Raft-building on the beautiful calm lagoon, plus climbing and abseiling, challenges young adventurers, and canoeing is very popular in craft that are sized to allow adults to accompany younger children.
The coast here rises quickly above the beach, but isn’t too hilly inland for cycling, though tours by jeep are available if preferred. Orienteering games test young navigators’ methods, and zip-wire rides provide memorable high-speed thrills in spectacular style. Tuition and supervision is by qualified instructors.
The very clean, clear waters of the Mira river twist between hills covered with cork trees, towards the attractive estuary town of Vila Nova de Milfontes. Horse riding, archery, sailing and fishing are among other activities available.
The hotel offers fantastic food, particularly enormous fresh oysters, and steaks cooked on red-hot flat stones. Accommodation is in three-star apartments and villas, about ten minutes from the town and very close to the beach.
Also on site are indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a gym, miniature golf course and tennis court. The Jacuzzi and sauna will help adults recover from their exertions, in time for the next day’s fun.
More information on this family activity trip to the Alentejo Coast in Portugal can be found at http://www.activitiesabroad.com/holidays/300/active-adventure-aged-5.
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Activities Abroad are the UK’s leading specialist tour operator for summer and winter activity holidays suitable for families, single parent families, adults only, groups, couples and singles.
In response to the increasing demand for holidays and breaks that offer more than just the usual holiday experience, the company has developed an extensive programme of overseas activity holidays in a number of different countries featuring a wide range of sports and activities.
Itineraries include exhilarating experiences as diverse as canyoning in Provence, seeing the northern lights, dog sledding in Lapland and white water rafting in Turkey.