Did you know that there are Houseboats in Alqueva Lake, Alentejo (Portugal), which you can drive through the waters with family and friends without even needing a sailor’s license? That’s right! These boats carry the soul of the Alentejo to you. No hurries, taking you where you wish to go in the moment.
But what is “Alqueva”? The Alqueva Dam has 96.5 sq mi (250 km²) and its banks, with more than 683 mi (1100 km), total a greater distance than the seacoast of Portugal! This is the largest artificial lake in Europe. The historical, cultural and gastronomic richness of the Portuguese municipalities it covers (Portel, Moura, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Mourão and Alandroal) is fantastic.
This is why visiting this whole area is a delight for those who want to truly feel the Alentejo outside its major cities. But our suggestion is different. Radically different. How many people have had the experience of driving, cruising or sleeping on a boat whose destination they control themselves? We imagine that very few. It’s time to do it!
What are the Houseboats of Alqueva Lake?
The Houseboats of Alqueva Lake are autonomous boats that you can drive without a license or any previous experience (after a brief training session on the day of the rental). As the name implies, they are authentic floating houses to explore all the areas of the lake where you can navigate.
There are several types of Houseboats, with a capacity of 2 to 12 people. In other words, they are perfect for a few romantic days for two on the lake or for two friends dedicated to fishing. But the boats are also ideal for larger groups. The more people, the more the fun… And the price per person goes down!
All Alqueva Lake Houseboats are fully equipped.
- Cabin(s) with 1 or more beds (double or single), depending on the size of the boat
- 1 sofa-bed for 2 people
- Shower Room(s) and toilet
- Living/meals room
- Fridge with freezer
- Kitchen with stove and oven
- Kitchen utensils that allow cooking and consumption of meals
- Support mobile phone
- TV with DVD player
- Radio with CD player
- Water access steps
- Outdoor shower
- 220V pier plug
As you can see, it has all the amenities of a house. If you have a pet, he/she can also navigate with you. Outdoor barbecue, canoes and bicycles are available for hire too.
During check-in and training, guests receive an Instruction Book with all the information about the boat, the Alqueva Waterside Villages Guide and a Guide of Recommended Restaurants.
Photos of Houseboats in Alqueva Lake
Houseboats – what to expect from this amazing experience in Alentejo
Do people like you embark on experiences like this? Yes! Whatever your interests may be, see what you can expect from one or more nights on a Houseboat in Alqueva.
- Unique Alentejo landscape from a different point of view – the boat
- Several piers where to spend the night near villages where you feel welcome
- A place of your own to sunbathe on the shore or on the deck of the boat
- Spending time among friends and family to build unforgettable memories
- The excitement of driving a boat for the first time (or one more, for the experienced ones) in total safety, since the boats are limited to a speed of 6.2mi/h (10km/h)
- Warm (in summer), calm and safe waters for quiet activities such as swimming, diving, canoeing or fishing
- Access to optimal locations to fish in
- Fresh air!
- The starry sky of Alqueva’s Dark Sky Reserve, the first site in the world to receive the “Starlight Tourism Destination Certification” for having spectacular conditions for this activity
Don’t forget that canoes, kayakes, SUP, gas barbecues and bicycles are also available to take on board the Alqueva Houseboats. This way, fun is guaranteed for all members of the “crew” according to their tastes: doing sports, walking or cycling, sunbathing, swimming, resting, fishing,…
Houseboats in Alqueva – prices
If you’re thinking this experience in Alentejo costs a lot of money… you’re wrong. In fact, it can be as cheap as or cheaper than a night in a hotel, especially if you consider the boats with capacity for more passengers. So, the unique experiences of driving the boat and the time spent on board become almost free! And, quite frankly, these are the most important reasons why renting one of these boats is something you should do at least once in your life.
Prices of Houseboats in Alqueva Lake (per night)
- Up to 4 people: from 167€
- Up to 6 people: from 215€
- Up to 8 people: from 176€
- Up to 9 people: from 210€
- Up to 10 people: from 212€
- Up to 12 people: from 277€
Prices vary depending on the time of year and day of the week. Contact us in the form below for more information.
Other activities on Alqueva Lake
With such a large extension of water, Lake Alqueva is a paradise for those who enjoy water sports and contact with the Alentejo landscape. There are many activities available, from the most intense to the most peaceful and for all ages.
Many of them are excellent as a complement to the rental of the houseboats before leaving, during the time of your reservation or after the return of the boat. However, they can also be practised without the need to rent a boat. They are all perfect for bringing family and friends together.
Cruises on Alqueva Lake
These boat trips in Alqueva are available in two types of boats, depending on the number of participants. They operate without pre-defined schedules but according to your wishes.
Prices: from 9.50€
Discounts: children 3-12 accompanied by parents (50%), 60+ years old (10%), group trips (under request)
In addition to a simple cruise, these boats can also be the setting for lunches, snacks, cocktails, corporate events and parties.
Canoeing is one of the best ways to be in touch with Alqueva Lake, from a simple and calm ride to a more adventurous navigation/exploration.
Prices: from 11€/16.50€ (half day / full day in a single canoe) or 18.50€/27.50€ (half day / full day in a canoe with capacity for 2 or 3 people) up to 66€ (full day in a motor-powered canoe with capacity for 3 people).
The following types of canoes are available: sit on top, touring, cruising (simple or deluxe), canoe with or without motor.
Stand Up Paddle (SUP)
This sport consists of rowing standing on a board. It seems much more difficult than it really is. The number of paddlers continues to increase all over the world. And you can test your balance at Alqueva Lake by just renting the equipment or taking a class with an experienced instructor.
Prices: on request (depending on the number of participants)
Hold on to a banana-shaped float and let yourself be pulled by a boat at breakneck speeds. Be brave and challenge your friends!
Prices (about 20 minutes): 40€/3 people | 50€/4 people (minimum number of participants – 3)
If you’re alone and you’re also a fan of speed in the water, get on a float and… Hang on!
Price (about 20 minutes): 35€/pax
Water skiing and wakeboarding
Alqueva Lake has excellent conditions for water skiing and wakeboarding, both for beginners and those who are already experienced.
Prices for individual adult lesson (practical/theoretical): 40€ | baby ski: 30€
Recreational fishing or sport fishing
The boats for recreational fishing or sport fishing in Alqueva have a capacity of 3 people. The pilot knows the lake and its fish species like the palm of his hand and the fishing equipment is of superior quality.
Recreational fishing – price/boat: 240€ (half day, 9h-13h or 13h-18h), 300€ (full day, 9h-18h)
Sport fishing – price/boat: 200€ (half day, 9h-13h or 13h-18h), 280€ (full day, 9h-18h)
The above prices include boat rental and pilot. Fuel is not included. A sports license can be obtained if you do not already have one.
Fishing rod kit + 6 assorted lures: 5€/day, 20€/week
Bicycles are a fabulous means of transport to go shopping in the waterside villages which are further away from the pier or simply to ride along the paths in the heart of nature.
Prices: 5€/day, 35€/week (other prices on request)
The incredible scenery of Alqueva Lake makes it a special place for events. On land or on the water, it is possible to celebrate a family wedding/baptism or do team building sessions for businesses. Organise a snack, lunch, cocktail or business meeting.
Prices: on request
To obtain all the necessary information about the Houseboats and other activities in Lake Alqueva, please fill in the form below.
For maintenance purposes, all activities on Lake Alqueva will be CLOSED between 1 NOVEMBER and 1 FEBRUARY 2020/21. Please contact us only for reservations on other dates.
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