A plan for summer in Portugal (With family or friends)


There is an area in ElAlentejo that is ideal to go with family, as a couple or with friends. It is a summer plan piece in Portugal where you will be able to do many activities but in a relaxed environment and with little tourism. Imagine enjoying by boat, without a license, in a lake for several days, hotels with spectacular pools at a good price and infinite beaches and almost desert, flat, right ?.

Summer in Portugal, Alentejo

Visiting the Alentejo

The Alentejo area is a very grateful area since in a "small" territory you can find many things to do and enjoy. In addition to being one of the best areas of Portugal where you better eatIt also brings together fantastic hotels at a good price in quiet and idyllic surroundings.

Monsaraz - Lake of Alqueva
Monsaraz - Horta da Moura

A good summer vacation in Portugal is not always going to the Algarve, more crowded, since the plan that we propose brings together certain activities that can only be done in this area. Every time we have gone to Alentejo we have been able to verify that It is an area that engages, maybe because we live in the center of Spain and you can go by car, but the reality is that even if it's going by plane, to Lisbon, and then renting a car, the plan is just as good. This plan that we have been able to live closely brings together things like:

  • Boat route on the Alqueva Lake (Boats of 2 to 6 people without a license)
  • Hiking trails
  • Mile beaches to relax
  • Visits to wineries and ceramic factories
  • Charming villages like Evora or Monsaraz
  • Charming or lost hotels in the countryside

A plan with family or friends

The Alentejo is full of charming hotels, many of them with swimming pool, and perfectly adapted for families or plans with friends. At the time we made a selection of 10 Alentejo hotels, many of them in such rural settings that they seem to be taken from a postcard.

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These hotels can be used as a “base camp” to visit by car interior places like:

  • Elvas and Juromenh
  • Castelo de Terena
  • Evora
  • Monsaraz
  • Corval
  • Alqueva Lake
  • Carmim Wineries
  • Mourao
  • Natureza Park of Noudar

Peoples like Monsaraz, Evora or Mourao they will leave you with their mouths open, especially the first one, since it is in a privileged, fortified, medieval environment with views of the impressive Lake Alqueva, one of the jewels of the Alentejo.


At the time we talked about Alqueva Lake, one of the most unique summer activities in Portugal. We recommend that you read "Rent a boat on Lake Alqueva", as it talks about renting a boat 2 or 3 days touring the lake and its ports. The ships, which they don't need a cardThey are equipped with cabins, kitchen and living room, as well as a slide and sunbathing area. It is one of the few places in the world, in France there are canals with similar boats where without the PER You can rent a boat without a captain or crew. An experience we recommend!

Boats on Lake Alqueva
Alqueva Lake

Also inside the Alentejo there are beautiful hiking trails and even the possibility of visiting wineries or even going to villages where the ceramics and buy good memories of a summer trip in Portugal.

Outside the interior, on the coast, these spectacular beaches appear in western Portugal. Areas like Triad, Behaves or Carvahal They are places to visit and at least stay 3 or 4 days. They are quiet areas, with few hotels yet, but if you stay in more interior hotels a few kilometers from the beach, better than better, since there are real jewels at much more affordable prices than in Spain.

Cocoon Eco Lodge
Carvalhal Beach

7 days in Alentejo

We recommend that you read our article7 days in Alentejo, since you can see how much we spent, what we could visit by car and what activities to enjoy in the summer in Portugal and especially, in the Alentejo.

In short, you prepare a good summer plan in Portugal for this area, you will enjoy a surprising area. If we had to choose dates we would opt for July and September, mainly because of the heat, but in any case, August is also a good option.

Practical data

Before leaving for Portugal

  • Search and compare flights at the best price
  • Lonely Planet Guide
  • Airport Transfers
  • Car rental found a 15% discount
  • The best excursions in the area

Hotels in Alentejo

We recommend that you read our article that talks about several of the best quality-price hotels in the Alentejo. They are incredible!.

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