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October half term family adventures at the Amieira Marina

26th September 2012 Print

Escape to Europe’s largest reservoir this October half term and sail across its calm waters in your very own houseboat. Located in the Alentejo region, the Amieira Marina offers families the opportunity to explore this beautiful corner of Portugal by boat.

Away from the hustle and bustle, far from traffic queues and city chaos lies the Amieira Marina set upon the picturesque Alqueva Lake where guests are free to create their own itinerary and enjoy a range of activities from kayaking and fishing to swimming and cycling.

For those looking to really get the adrenaline going, the marina offers a host of exciting activities including waterskiing and wakeboarding tuition, quad biking, sailing training available to those from 14 years of age upwards, horse riding tours and private fishing boats with driver available to hire for the day.

After an active day on the water, balmy evening temperatures of around 20 degrees in October offer warm evenings for the whole family to relax on the top deck for a barbecue.

Mum and Dad can also try their hand at wine tasting in the marina’s panoramic restaurant on the first Saturday of every month courtesy of local wine producers.

For a touch of culture, the nine quaint villages dotted along the lake’s shores offer warm hospitality and an insight into rural Portuguese life. Many traditions are still alive today and visitors will discover an area of the country that is relatively new to international tourism with untouched landscapes and historic architecture.

There are a range of vessels on offer at the Amieira Marina with a capacity of two to 12 people which come fully equipped with a bathroom, kitchen, living area, bedrooms, sun deck and barbecue as well as safety equipment and navigation technology including GPS.

The marina is currently offering discounts for families with children under the age of 16. A 5% discount is available for couples with one child under 16 years old and the marina offers a 10% discount for couples with two children under 16 years old. See for further details.