Naturist beach and countryside tour
Tours can be arranged on any day, with a minimum of 3 guests. And leave the Quinta at approximately 10:30am, leaving plenty of time for a leisurely breakfast.
Tour 1 : €55 We leave the Quinta and drive up across the Monchique mountains making a short stop at the historic fortified town of Aljezur. After visiting the local market we make to short drive to Vale da Lapa, a well known naturist and surfing beach, if the waves are suitable you may like to borrow a body board or perhaps just lazing in the sun looking out over the Atlantic to Cape St. Vincent. Then it’s on to our Lodge, meet our horses, enjoy a picnic and chance to swim in the well known naturist lake. Finally back to the Quinta were you can wash of your travel dust and enjoy the pool for the last of the afternoon sun.
Tour 2: €78 Driving westwards along the coast we first visit Meia Praia, a local naturist beach on the bay of Lagos where after a stroll along the beach we make a coffee stop in Lagos center with time to visit the many art galleries, the old slave market and other historical buildings. Then we make the short drive to Furnas, the jewel of the local naturist beaches with almost pure white sand and crystal blue waters where we stop for a picnic. Afterwards we head inland passing our Lodge, were you can meet our horses, enjoy a picnic and chance to swim in the well known naturist lake. finally we drive across the Monchique mountains, enjoying spectacular views and stopping for a famous chicken piri-piri dinner at the historic spa resort of Caldas de Monchique.
New Forest Lodge
Portugal’s only Naturist Nature Reserve. The combination of the gourmet good life offered by the Quinta da Horta and the opportunity of exploring the 50-acre, naturist nature reserve is creating much interest.
Set in the pine-clad hillsides only a few miles back from the superb sandy beaches of Portugal’s Algarve unspoiled West coast, the New Forest Lodge provides a stark and wild contrast to the lush, flower-filled gardens at the Quinta da Horta. Guests who tire of being spoilt and pampered at the Quinta may choose to put on some stout walking shoes and, if they prefer, very little else, to explore this haven of nature’s beauty. The bird life is spectacular with sightings of amongst others black kites, common buzzards, hoopoes and the rare golden eagles and around the Lodge’s two natural springs can be found the footprints of the elusive, javali, Portugal’s native wild pigs.
One of our first tasks has been to restore the old stables and barns. The horses and carriages have been moved up from the Quinta and guests are able to explore the countryside on horseback or, with a little more ease, from a well-sprung coach. Guests who feel so inclined will be more than welcome to help with some of the landscaping projects, using naturally occurring stone and logs from the site.
The Lodge is about half an hour’s drive from the Quinta and David and his band of helpers will be back in the evenings to enjoy the delights of Frances’ kitchen and a well-earned sundowner or two. Of course, they may not be working every day, as the lure of the nearby beaches will undoubtedly prove too much to resist from time to time, especially with the aroma of fresh grilled sardines wafting up from the shore.