The best way to cool off in Central Portugal

Fed up with sandy beaches and freezing cold, crashing waves?  Well no of course.....  But there are other ways to stay cool inland in Portugal.  The River Beach phenomenon is continuing to gain in popularity with both locals and visitors.

Portugal really is not only about beautiful sandy beaches, inland there is incredible rural scenery, towering mountains and cool, unbelievably clear river water.  Many of these swimming areas are enhanced with bars, kids areas, sand, parasols and people but lots are also quiet havens of peace and tranquility.  Check out our River Beaches page on the website for more information and a few lovely spots for you to visit while staying in this area.  

If you need further convincing, and Im sure you won't, these pictures were taken at Sandomil on the River Alva this Saturday afternoon on a gloriously sunny September day.