The Wild Southwest has plenty to see and do. Discover the wonderful blue flag beaches, the historic towns, prehistoric sites or see our events page for a lists of festivals and markets all year round. Activities are well catered for, learn to surf in the Atlantic waves or cycle the empty roads through spectacular scenery. 

Much of the region is in the national park of the Costa Vincenta de Alentejano in which lies the Rota Vincenta – a stunning designated walk that is 350 kilometres long.

Find road maps and phrase books here

From market towns to prehistoric sights and peaceful reservoirs

Whether you are a surfer, a family or just want peace and quiet this guide will find the right beaches for you ... 

Find all the festivals and markets in the Wild Southwest on this page ...


Photo © Bunks 

Surfing, kayaking, canoeing or diving in the Atlantic ...




Photo © Kyle Taylor

There is a variety of birdlife here - several eagle species and even storks nesting on cliffs ...


Photo © Regasterios

Choose between sea fishing on the coast or freshwater fishing in tranquil reservoirs ...



Photo © Tiago Lima
 

Blissful cycling and biking in all terrains with mostly good weather all year round ... 



Photo © BTT Clube dos Pinheiros

Walk the Rota Vincenta by yourself or explore the Monchique serras with a walking tour ... 

Gallop along empty beaches, trot along hidden trails ...



Photo © Guy Moll

Take a creative holiday and enjoy the spectacular light that the Wild Southwest offers  ...

 

Photo © Lance Corporal Michelle S. Mattei 

Soar over a magnificent landscape through clean, pure and balmy air in a hot air balloon...



Photo © Joachim Huber