Marina Houseboats

Baixo Alentejo (coastal)


  • Airport: 194km Lisbon / 206km Faro
  • Houseboats, Amieira Marina (Alqueva Lake)
  • Self Catering

On the 8th February 2002, the 96m high floodgates of the Alqueva dam were closed, damming the River Guadiana and creating the largest artificial lake in Europe. By 2006, the lake had been filled to the planned level and the water covered an area of 250 sqkm.

Amieira Marina is the base for 15 houseboats on which one can cruise on the lake, visiting the nine villages which line the shores (max. distance of a village from the lake is 2.8km) and generally enjoying the lake and its surrounding landscape of olive and cork trees. By mid- May, the water temperature of the lake is around 25°C and reaches 32-36°C in August, easily matching the Mediterranean. The water is clean and ideal for swimming.





Note: The Alqueva Lake is part of the first region to be granted official 'Starlight Tourism Destination' certification by UNESCO and the UNWTO, making it one of the best locations for star-gazing in the world.

Watch a video about Lake Alqueva