Plan something different and allow your family to discover all the charms of the Alentejo coast.
Depart from Alcácer do Sal, after climbing to the top of the castle with your children, in order to marvel at the small houses clustered by the river’s edge. Then travel through the Sado Estuary Nature Reserve, pass through Comporta and on to the coast, visiting beaches such as Carvalhal and Melides. These huge golden sand dunes that mingle with the Lakes of Santo André and Sancha Nature Reserve invite us to partake in great moments of escape and tranquility and whet our appetite for some fresh fish. As you calmly look out over the infinite sea, allow your children to run and play on the beach.
In Santiago do Cacém, you’ll encounter a history lesson in the Roman ruins of Miróbriga. Take the kids on a safari in the heart of the Alentejo. Show them animals of all species in Badoca Park and don’t miss the opportunity to take them to the Pedagogical Farm in order to get a glimpse of everyday life in the countryside.
Returning once again to the coast, learn about the itineraries in the South-East Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park, that starts to the south of Sines. Choose the most enjoyable means to explore this fabulous coastal area with the family – on foot, horseback or by jeep – and see unique species of animal and plant life, such as the marine otter.
This is the best conserved coastal stretch in Europe and the small, secluded beaches include São Torpes and Porto Covo. Why not take a short, enjoyable boat trip to the Island of Pessegueiro and then visit Vila Nova de Milfontes and Almograve, and many other spots.
If you’re in the area in July and enjoy varied styles of music, watch the “Festival Músicas do Mundo” (World Music Festival) in Sines. In the first week of August the compass needle of fun points to the pop-rock sounds of the Sudoeste Festival, in another beach that’s not to be missed – Zambujeira do Mar.
Points of interest along the itinerary:
Praia da Comporta
Praia de Melides
Praia Grande de Porto Covo
Praia da Ilha do Pessegueiro
Zambujeira do Mar