Typically, the Portuguesse refer to a quinta as a rural estate or an agricultural land with wineries, vineyards, and olive groves. But on this page you can see a large selection of quinta homes in nature and outside the busy cities. Besides an agriturismo holiday, you have endless possibilities to book and design your perfect break in Portugal.Read more about quinta
Typically, the Portuguesse refer to a quinta as a rural estate or an agricultural land with wineries, vineyards, and olive groves. But on this page you can see a large selection of quinta homes in nature and outside the busy cities. Besides an agriturismo holiday, you have endless possibilities to book and design your perfect break in Portugal.
Beaches, mountains, forests, lagoons, wetlands, Portugal is a paradise for nature lovers and active travelers. Hikes, water activities, horse riding and biking are just some of the most popular things to do. For the adventure seekers, think about rock climbing, abseiling and zip wiring, canoeing, kayaking. The best thing is that all of those can be done in any part of the country. We'll let you decide for yourself which region is the most compelling.
The north and southern parts of the country are contrasted by cool green meadows in Northern Portugal and hot dry pastures in the southern regions. The heart of the country is Central Portugal, which makes a natural connection between the two. In the middle of Portugal it is the most quintessential region of all. There you can enjoy a beach holiday along the extensive Atlantic coastline, or explore the highlands of the interior and biggest mountain in Portugal - Serra da Estrela.
If you really want to get that rural experience during your stay in a quita, you can check the Alentejo region. It's a charming countryside where you can feel the laid back atmosphere almost anywhere you go. Rolling hills and forests, farms and fields, but also natural reserves and beachers. As for the famous Algarve, the region can be discovered by bike or through the lovely hiking trails along the coast. Prepare for some stunning views from the high peaks of the mountains.
Portugal's Mediterranean climate and many different landscapes create a variety of wildlife habitats. These places are home to many important ecosystems such as the maquis shrublands, grasslands, sand dunes, and rocky cliffs and wetlands like bog, mire, and fen marshes in estuary and lagoon systems. Another special ecosystem in Portugal is the extensive cork oak forests, also called montados. Montados are areas sparsely populated with trees, with the predominant species being the cork oak. They resulted from human agricultural activities, making it a cultural landscape with forestry-pastoral / savannah-like character. Even so, cork oak forests are one of the richest ecosystems in the world. If you want to explore the wildlife in a mantado, Portugal is the place to go - it has the world's largest cork oak forest, representing a whole 34% of the total montado areas in the world. Some of these areas have been present for over three centuries. The montados are concentrated in the south of the country in just those four regions: Alentejo Central, Alentejo Litoral, Alto Alentejo and Lezíria do Tejo.
Other parts of Portugal with a rich biodiversity are Mainland Portugal that has many birds of prey, along with the Madeira and Azores Archipelagos because of their volcanic origins. Overall, Portugal has 3,600 plant species, 69 terrestrial mammal, 313 bird, 17 amphibian and 34 reptile species. Portugal's special selection of animal and plant species is protected in classified Natural parks and Reserves. In fact, the only National Park is Peneda-Gerês, located in Northern Portugal. Visit the park if you want to enjoy breathtaking landscapes between mountains and reservoirs with species like the wild garrano horse and the Castro Laboreiro dog breed. If you go further south you can reach the Alvão Natural park with some astonishing waterfalls like Fisgas de Ermelo. If you are passionate about birds, you can go to the Azibo Reservoir in Porto, northeast Portugal. It's the ideal place for bird watching, as well as some relaxing moments in the sun on the river beaches.