Adult price from £1,045pp
All prices include: transfers, accommodation and meals; all as listed.
VISITING: Portugal

Key facts

  • Duration:7 nights
  • Suitable for: Children aged 8 years and over (younger children may join the holiday, but may not be able to participate in all the activities). Please see terms for details
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What's included?

  • Transfers: airport and activity transfers are included
  • Accommodation: 7 nights' accommodation 
  • Meals: 7 breakfasts, 1 lunch (with activity), 2 dinners
  • The following activities are included in the holiday: canoeing and picnic, surfing, stand-up paddling and tidepooling (order of activities is subject to change)
  • All equipment, tuition and supervision from fully qualified instructors
  • Services of our local representatives or guides

Portugal’s Alentejo Coast remains a well-kept secret here in the UK but remains the spot where the Portuguese choose to spend their holidays, as opposed to the Algarve’s more crowded shoreline. It remains one of Western Europe’s most unpopulated regions, ensuring plenty of space for the perfect family getaway.

Here, the Atlantic waters have sculpted a dramatic coastline where sheer cliff faces contrast with sweeping beaches of white sand. It’s a timeless and unspoilt place, with perfect waves for surfing. 

The town of Milfontes is popular with Lisbon’s residents who travel there in summer to escape the oppressive city heat and enjoy the delicious local cuisine. The region is surrounded by gently undulating hills, with the Mira, the cleanest of all European rivers, running close by. Added to this are the exceptional surf beaches, making the perfect activity playground for a family adventure holiday. The town itself is charmingly picturesque and home to an impressive 16th-century stone castle – built as a fortress to protect the town from marauding pirates.

Our local team receives outstanding feedback each year and they will ensure that you get to experience this region at its best and enjoy some wonderful experiences!

Credits: Visit Alentejo
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Included in price

We include more, no hidden costs

On each of our holidays you will see a clear outline of exactly what's included in the price of your holiday. We never use 'headline' or 'lead-in' prices like so many tour operators, as we prefer to include as much as we can, rather than see our clients incur considerable additional costs in our destinations.
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Next season’s dates and prices

You can make a pre-reservation to secure your holiday at this stage by paying an initial deposit of only £50pp. The provisional departure dates, prices and itineraries remain subject to change. We will contact you when the final dates, prices and itineraries are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. You will then need to pay the remainder of your deposit to confirm your booking in full. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.  Please note: where listed in the What’s Included section, pre-sales prices include return UK flights.Please note: the prices below are subject to change due to availability at the respective hotels; supplements may apply. Please note: our payment and cancellation terms will be unique to each booking – they will be confirmed with you at the time of quotation.

Departure dates between
Sun 07 Jul 2024 Price per person based on 4 sharing a one bedroom apartment: £1045.00
to £1170.00

For our full booking terms and conditions please click here

The Specifics

Holiday group size (approximate)

Minimum 4 and maximum 16 persons (approximately)

Group Size

We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.

Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.

Minimum numbers required for a holiday to operate

Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.

Minimum and maximum age

The minimum age for this holiday can be found in the ‘Key Facts’ section of the holiday overview.

Younger family members may be able to participate but may not be able to take part in all activities. Please contact one of our Travel Experts if you have any questions.

Itinerary amendments

The order of activities listed in this agenda is provided for guidance only, your final and detailed itinerary will be provided either with your final travel documents (which are uploaded into your online account around a week prior to departure) or upon arrival.

Medical History and Advice

We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.

In order to give us the best possible chance to do this we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.

In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.

Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.

It is vitally important that you advise us prior to departure of any medical or dietary condition relating to any member of your party so that we may notify our local staff before you arrive. We recommend only drinking bottled water from bottles with unbroken seals and be vigilant about the use of ice in drinks and ice cream.


Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.

It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.

If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.

The UK Foreign Office Advice

Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office Advice

We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.

The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade                                                   

New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade                                                 

Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau                                                                                                     

The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs

If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on the holiday, regardless of their nationality.

If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.

If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.

If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.

Booking activities locally

Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).

When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern.

In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time. You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are correctly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc.) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.

Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.

Flight schedule changes and connecting transportation

On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.

Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.

Booking your own flights cancellation disclaimer

If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.

If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.

Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.

Minimum numbers - Alentejo

Minimum numbers:
This holiday typically requires a minimum of four participants to operate. If there are fewer than four people booked, which is exceedingly rare, we will do all that we can to operate the holiday as planned. If this is not possible then you will be informed nine weeks prior to your departure date and all available options will be discussed with you.

Terms and Conditions

Our full booking terms and conditions can be found on our website:


Please note: our payment and cancellation terms will be unique to each booking – they will be confirmed with you at the time of quotation. The terms listed above are noted as a guide only

Traveller Reviews

  • SUP was memorable 07 October 2022 by The Frost Family

    SUP (Stand-Up Paddleboarding) was the most memorable part of our family holiday and our favourite activity that we did. The family travel experts were knowledgeable and helpful. 

  • We are just back after a fantastic holiday in Alentejo! 10 August 2019 by The Parsons Family

    We are just back after a fantastic holiday in Alentejo! Ricardo and the two  Phillipe’s were brilliant and could not have been more helpful. The activities were lots of fun and my family and I felt that the holiday had a good balance of activity and down time. We were so lucky that the other families were great fun to share time with and our children got on well. I would be delighted to
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    book again a similar holiday for next year.
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  • Surf's up on the Alentejo Coast 03 August 2019 by The Steed Family

    Great local staff made the holiday - nice split between own time and scheduled activities.

  • All came back exhilarated 27 July 2019 by The Barker and Woods Families

    My grandson Charlie became more confident in himself as the week passed. All came back exhilarated. Grandchildren tasted local specialities and loved them!

  • We did not want it to end. 11 August 2018 by Diane Norman and Family

    We did not want it to end. Our apartment was comfortable and well equipped and VilaNovade Milfontes a charming place to explore. Our superb host Ricardo greatly contributed to our enjoyment of this holiday. Our breakfasts at the hotel and the lunches provided by Ricardo were excellent.

  • Great Holiday 14 July 2018 by The Cope Family

    Great holiday. Hotel and food were really good. The best bit was the activities provided and the guys that helped us with the activities.

  • A really, really great holiday 07 July 2018 by The Gaskell Family

    Fantastic from start to end; best family holiday we have been on.

  • Ricardo and team were fantastic. 26 August 2017 by The Smithwell Family

    Everything they did was spot on. Our favourite activity was the surf lesson with a good instructor, gorgeous beach and good waves. We thought all the activities were really good and set at the right level for families. Like many of your previous customers, I would just like to repeat how great Ricardo and his team were. They were friendly, courteous, helpful, laid back. They are always available
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    in the background but don't dominate the group. The lunches were delicious and Ricardo sources them from local restaurants and, on one day, his mum's friend. It felt that we were supporting the local economy rather than big business.
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  • Portugal activity holiday 12 August 2017 by The Walker Family

    The activities were superbly organised, equipped and led by your colleagues (and please pass on our thanks to Ricardo, Rafael, Filipe, Diogo and the rest of the team). I enjoyed the kayaking & cycling challenge (Thursday). I'm glad to have had the chance to try surfing but didn't show much aptitude for it; fortunately, the younger Walkers took to it more easily. When pushed, they were
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    undecided whether the surfing or the lagoon activity day (Tuesday) was their favourite. I think we were all glad we checked our fears and abseiled down a 40-metre rock-face on Friday. I booked in January and spent six months looking forward to the holiday so the risk of anticlimax was high but we all loved it.
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  • The most amazing holiday with memories to treasure 05 August 2017 by The Helm Family

    We have just returned from the best holiday ever. As a mother of 2 very active boys, my intention was to book a holiday that they would adore and that I would like/endure. However, it appeared that I enjoyed the holiday as much as everyone! The activities aren't for the faint-hearted but the sense of achievement, team spirit and pride is second to none. Seeing your children delighted every
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    moment with each new activity surrounded by experienced and lovely guides is a sight to behold forever. We were blessed with a truly amazing group of game families. No computer screens, no petty arguments just good family, back to nature, high adrenaline fun. The saying goes that 'you are only as happy as your most unhappy child'; with this said myself and my husband were as happy as could be from DAY 1. Thank you for organising!
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  • Fab holiday enjoyed by all 13 August 2016 by The Baguley Family

    The positive and engaging attitude displayed by all reps was first class. They clearly care about what they do and enjoy their jobs. Most enjoyable activity: Abseiling for feeling confident when facing a daunting task!! Least enjoyable: Nothing. Fab holiday enjoyed by all and great to be with similar families.

  • Surf's up on the Alentejo Coast 06 August 2016 by The Barber Family

    We could not fault the arrangements and planning of activities. The lagoon day was very special and we felt privileged to be able to have such a fabulous time in this secret place.

  • Holiday was excellent 06 August 2016 by The Webb Family

    The holiday was excellent. The activity hosts were professional and the organisation and execution of the activities were outstanding. All activities were enjoyed by one or more members of the family. There was not an activity that was not enjoyable. There were some that were more difficult than others to master. Surfing, for example, is very enjoyable but will take significant practice to master.

  • Great for kids 23 July 2016 by Jill Smith and family

    We had a large group - great for kids- they all got on so well, the adults did too & the activities brought out the kids in us. Activities paced well. Ricardo had things well planned & a good team & was very knowledgeable & helpful ability to tailor the holiday was fantastic so we had an activity holiday but also another restful week in lovely accommodation in a beautiful part of
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    Portugal & were even able to visit Lisbon overnight & see the historic sites & the aquarium.
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  • Everything was enjoyable 09 July 2016 by Claire, John & Charlotte

    The activity team were the nicest guys you can wish to meet. Their pride and knowledge of the local area were excellent and inspiring. Their encouragement during the activities was also what made the holiday. Everything was enjoyable.

  • Each day offered something exciting. 15 August 2015 by Verity Bowcock

    Ricardo and his team were very good - efficient/well organised/friendly We felt that Ricardo's local knowledge of the area meant we got to go to places we would not have found ourselves. The standard of the accommodation was much better than I had expected at Duna Parque and the staff lovely. The only issue being that if we wanted to have a cooked breakfast we had to walk to HS Milfontes every
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    morning. Each day offered something exciting. I personally enjoyed the surfing; the children loved the lagoon day and abseiling and treasure hunt.
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  • Thank you to Activities Abroad for enabling us to have a fantastic holiday in Portugal 09 August 2009 by Jo Green

    Just wanted to say a huge thank you to Activities Abroad for enabling us to have a fantastic holiday in Portugal. The team out there - Ricardo, Pedro, Miguel and Phillipe - were absolutely brilliant. They were friendly, great fun, kind, helpful and professional - I could go on and on! Their enthusiasm, knowledge and love of the surrounding area ensured that we saw the best parts of the area and
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    the activities were just fantastic for the kids and adults alike. They seemed to enjoy all that they did and nothing was a chore - even taking us all to our 2nd week accommodation, which was not a problem in the slightest. We definitely would recommend this holiday to anyone who wants something a little different. We also would like to be sent details of next year’s holidays with Activities Abroad so as we can plan our next adventure ASAP!
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