The closest town is Saõ Luis (5 km) with a baker, two small grocery stores and a quality butcher with meat from the region. There are several cafés for coffee with Portuguese pastry and a few restaurants for a simple daily menu. On top of that, there is a fresh fish market five days a week where the daily catch, including sardines of course, can be purchased.
Cercal (15 km) has a large supermarket plus Baú Doce pastry shop with delicious baked goods! Odemira (24 km) is the largest town in the area. where the river Mira flows through. An inviting city where you can drink and dine for a reasonable price.
According to a fixed schedule, markets and festivals are held in surrounding villages. Traditionally, the market is a meeting place where, among other things, clothes, cheese, vegetables, planting seeds and salt cod (bacalhau) are sold.
The coast is only a halfhour drive from Monte Valindo, through the Alentejan hilly landscape to Vila Nova de Milfontes, the nearest beach. This is also where the tided river Rio Mira spills into the ocean, and along its banks it’s calm enough to swim with children.
The pristine beauty of the protected Atlantic West Coast, the Nature Park of the South West Alentejo and Coast of Vicentina is breathtaking. The fishers’path of the hiking route Rota Vincentina is well known. High above the magnificent overgrown cliffs, you walk along the ocean on the old path that connects various coastal villages.
The seaside resort Zambujeira is situated on a lovely bay; and you’ll find the largest fishing harbor in the neighborhood of Sines. This is also the town where the annual Festival of World Music (Festival Musica Mundial) takes place. You can take a small boat to the island “Ilha do Pessegueiro”. There, you can visit interesting Roman excavations, and it lies adjacent to the authentic fishing village Porto Covo.
The country road to Monte Valindo twists for two and a half kilometers through a landscape with
wonderful vistas. The farmer and his wife, Carlos and Fernanda, herd sheep, goats and cows along
this road. And the Alentejan pigs, the Porco Preto, must not be overlooked!
Directly leaving your vacation home, Casa do Vinho, you can take a nice walk in the region. The historic path of the Rota Vincentina runs not only along the coast, but also through this unique wooded protected hilly landscape with ancient cork oaks and wild vegetation.
With a guide or on your own, you can discover small water falls and deep ravines of the Pegas de Pias, or go horseback riding and mountain biking over the endless network of sandy paths. Moreover, the Alentejo is famous for its fantastic (organic) olive oil, and especially the wines it produces. Visit the bodegas and taste!