Location

ACCESS: Due to the opening of the new A13 motorway and the widening of the IC8 with exits for Graça or Pedrogão Grande, the Casa Aloes and the Quinta das Mil Flores are a convenient drive from many major tourist sites and attractions, towns and airports.

GPS info: Latitude: 39.898068            Longitude: -8.165800

The Quinta is in a region of over 50 river and lake beaches, a 10 minute drive to the reservoir lake beach of the Zezere River dam, and 30 minutes to the specially built river beach at Castanheira de Pêra. On the Unesco listed scenic Rotas do Xisto, the area offers many pleasant hiking and biking paths and tours. Pedrogão Grande, 10 minutes away has an indoor tennis court, fitness gymnasium, shops, cafés, banks, post office, 2 small supermarkets, laundry and dry cleaners, a weekly Monday morning market, hairdressers, restaurants and a church. There is also a large Saturday morning market in the nearby town of Figueiró dos Vinhos.
For those who prefer to avoid shopping trips on vacation, Sobreiro hamlet benefits from daily bread and pastry truck deliveries and the weekly passage of fresh fish and meat vendors, so lean back and relax, enjoy the fresh, pine-scented air, the birds singing and watch the butterflies fly by.


Beaches

River beaches:
the region offers over 60 river and lake beaches, from lovely secluded creeks and waterfalls to grand touristic developments...Zezere Lake Reservoir Beach, small quiet pebble beach 6 km - 7min (also fishing trips, canoe).
Mosteiro - 10 km - 9 minutes: This pleasant shaded river beach is a favorite of Portuguese families, with a restaurant and snack bar.
Castanheira de Pêra - 8km - 27min: Popular, exceptionally developed river beach with over 300 000 visitors each year!
Sertã - 19 km - 20 min: Small river beach in Sertã with playground and café.

Ocean Beaches:
Figueira da Foz - very touristy area, 91 km - 01:30.
Nazaré - 113 km 1HR 30: Beautiful beach, lovely village, beachfront houses with facades in azuleos tiles, terraces and pleasant restaurant overlooking the beach which has become a major hit with surfers due to its 30 meter high waves. The women of this little fishing village still wear proudly their traditional costumes: a skirt over 6 petticoats..
Indoor Swimming Pool: Pedrogão Grande 4 km - 5 min


Farmers & Goods Markets 

Vila Facaia - 3 km - 5 min: Sunday morning expatriates market. If you're longing for homemade German breads, English cakes, a convivial breakfast, or shopping for old books, second hand clothing and bric a brac. Frequented by expats mostly from Switzerland, Germany, Holland and Britain.

Pedrogão Grande - 4km - 5min:
Charming historic village with lovely garden, with many shops and a Monday morning market, of local products.

Figueiro dos Vinhos - 16 km - 23 min:
Small historic village with many shops and a large local produce market on Saturday mornings.

Sertã - 19 km - 20 minutos:
Good restaurant on the river, shops and big Intermarché chain supermarket carrying many French brands for nostalgic French visitors.


Top Ten Regional Tourist Sites


Tomar – 61 km -55min: An UNESCO listed World Heritage monument : the Magnificent Templar Castle and Monastery, the "Convento do Christo", is an extraordinary medieval and Manueline architecture with six cloisters and a lovely garden. The village main street is lined with lovely old azuleo tiled houses, beautiful monuments, and many shops.

Coimbra - 65 km, 45 min:
Site of the oldest university in Europe still in operation. Beautiful architectural ensemble and remarkable university library. The birthplace of the true fado which was originally sung only by men..
Quinta das Lágrimas - Visit the contemporary and historic gardens where the unfortunate Queen, Inês de Castro, was assasinated in the presence of her three children. Good restaurant.

Nearby to Coimbra: Condeixa village and the Conímbriga site - 52 km - 55 min: The ruins of a roman city with its reconstituated roman garden, includes a small museum with mosaics and ancient artifacts.

Penela 37 km, 40 min:
Castle and charming village.

Pombal - 50 km, 50 min:
Castle, shopping centers, boutiques and the Manjar do Marquesa, an excellent restaurant for genuine portuguese food:

Castelo Branco - 90 km - 1hr 15:
The Stone Sculpture Garden with statues of kings and queens of Portugal .

Batalha - 87 km 01:15:
UNESCO World Heritage - Splendid Cathedral with the tombs of the kings of Portugal, beautiful typical houses in the old city center and pretty churches.

Fátima 99 km 1hr15:
Major pilgrimage site with the Sanctuary and Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima.

Mosteiro de Alcobaça - 113 km 1hr30:
UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral with the tombs of King Carlos and his ill-fated Queen, Inês de Castro.

Óbidos - 150km 1hr 30:
Charming walled village with annual outdoor summer Opera Festival.



Airports:

Porto 181 km- 1hr40 minutes. The City of Porto is a listed UNESCO heritage site.

Lisboa 195 km 1hr40 minutes to the airport.
The City has many listed UNESCO heritage monuments.