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Boating holiday in Amieira on the Grande Lago

Renting a self-drive boat in Amieira on the Grande Lago, in the Alentejo region, is a great idea for those looking for an exceptional boating holiday. Here’s why...

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Cruise prices from597 €

Best bits :

  • The only Nicols canal boat hire base open 365 days a year
  • Sunny nearly all year round!
  • Swimming in warm, clean water
  • Fishing (black bass, carp)
  • Mountain biking
  • Numerous watersports offered at Amieira Marina
  • Excellent services offered by the base such as shopping or meals delivered on board
  • Wide variety of flora and fauna
  • Heritage sites: fortified villages, archaeological heritage
  • Arts and crafts (pottery) and traditional regional cookery.

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If you’re looking for bright skies and warm sunshine and a relaxed cruising destination (maybe even a romantic break?) then we highly recommend heading to Portugal and hiring a Nicols self drive barge on the Grande Lago... See the blog

Renting a self-drive boat in Amieira on the Grande Lago, in the Alentejo region, is a great idea for those looking for an exceptional boating holiday. Here’s why...

Sunny climate

As the only canal barge hire base in the Nicols programme that is open 365 days a year, it means you can take a boating holiday in our winter months – even a boating break over Christmas or New Year!
With guaranteed sunshine for 300 days a year, Grande Lago's waters provide the perfect conditions for a successful boating holiday throughout both summer and winter.

Unusual stretch of water

The best things about a boating holiday from Amieira in Portugal are essentially linked to the waters you are cruising along: the Grande Lago offers you exceptionally high quality water for swimming, fishing, diving or taking underwater photos - fabulous for nature lovers. 
No locks, you can tie up wherever you want, whenever you want – this really is a boating holiday with total freedom ! Numerous little islands can be found - why not tie up for the night with your crew for a true Swiss Family Robinson adventure !

History and gastronomy

If you love exploring historical sites then you’ll love the Alentejo region – brimming with custom and traditions. Make the most of stop-offs at villages and surrounding sites such as:

  • the Alqueva dam, a remarkable structure inaugurated in 2002;
  • the village of Luz, a town that was flooded and entirely rebuilt on the banks of the Lago Grande (don't miss the museum);
  • Mourao, its castle and 13th century fortifications;
  • Monsaraz, fortified town with narrow, cobbled streets, boasting magnificent arenas, still used for bull fights...

And if you still aren't aware of the delights of this region's cuisine, now is the time! Make the most of the small, typical restaurants in each village...

Cruise prices from597 €

Our suggestions of cruise on the Grande Lago

Weekend 2 days

Itinerary 1: Nature and castles short break

Course: Amieira – Mourao - Amieira (88,5 km - 0 lock - 10h00)

  • Amieira Marina : Water activity, Water skiing,Sailing, Canoeing
  • Alqueva : Dam of alqueva
  • Estrela : Parochial church
  • Cité de Mourão : Castle and fortification of the thirteenth century, Parochial church, Chapels

Mini week

Itinerary 1: Lakeside crafts and history getaway

Course: Amieira – Monsaraz - Amieira (163 km - 0 lock - 18h00)

  • Amieira Marina : Water activity, Water skiing,Sailing, Canoeing
  • Alqueva : Dam of alqueva
  • Estrela : Parochial church
  • Cité de Mourão : Castle and fortification of the thirteenth century, Parochial church, Chapels
  • Monsaraz : The four entry ports of monsaraz, Church notre dame de lagoa, The old city hall, The tank, The castle and the “plaza de toros”, Handcraft shops

One week

Itinerary 1: The great Lake Alqueva

Course: Amieira - Chelez – Amieira (210 km - 0 lock - 24h00)

  • Amieira Marina : Water activity, Water skiing,Sailing, Canoeing
  • Alqueva : Dam of alqueva
  • Estrela : Parochial church
  • Cité de Mourão : Castle and fortification of the thirteenth century, Parochial church, Chapels
  • Monsaraz : The four entry ports of monsaraz, Church notre dame de lagoa, The old city hall, The tank, The castle and the “plaza de toros”, Handcraft shops
  • Juromenha : Polygonal fortification bastions

*Cruise suggestions: non-contractual information
Cruise prices from597 €

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