Many nice places can be visited and there is a market close by every single day. Some larger towns pretty close to Samonatura are Vila Nova de Milfontes and Odemira. These towns host good restaurants, shops and several supermarkets. Additionally, Cercal and Porto Novo are nice villages worth a visit.
For people interested in culture, there is much to do, especially in summer. Every single village has its festivals. A world music festival is held every year in Sines, while Odemira has regular jazz evenings in the open air. In the beginning of August there is a big music festival in Zambujeira do Mar, with several big names on stage. In Sao Teotónio (25 km from Samonatura) the ‘Faceco’ takes place every year in July. This is an event at which agriculture and companies in the surroundings of Odemira exhibit. It is an event full of culture and music and definitely worth a visit, with food tastings, displays of craft trades and music till late into the night. Silves (approx 40 km) has a medieval festival for two weeks every August. Around the castle several activities are held and stands can be visited that take you back in time, which is very nice to see and experience.
Coastal towns such as Zambujeira do Mar, Vila Nova de Milfontes and Porto Covo offer some cosy shops, but to go real shopping, you have to go to Lagos or Albufeira. Though, souvenirs can be bought very close to Samonatura. We are happy to help you finding good addresses. A nice daytrip is the Roman excavation Mirobriga, near Santiago do Cacém. And it is just a little more than a 2-hour drive to Évora where you will find several historic monuments to visit. We have good contacts with a Dutch guide who is willing to show you around in this beautiful city.
The famous Algarve is also very pretty. Definitely worth it is a visit to Lagos for a day (one-hour drive) where you can make a boat trip along the stunning red rocky coastline with cliffs and caves. You even have the chance to spot dolphins. Albufeira, Faro, Silves and Portimao are only a 1,5 to 2 hours drive away.
We will inform you with pleasure about places to go and what to do.