• Sado River
  • Mines of Lousal
  • Lagoon of Santo André
  • Badoca Safari Park.
  • Castle of Santiago do Cacém
  • Megalithic Monument of Lousal
  • Bicycle Tours
  • Birdwatching

At Refúgio das Origens we have activities for all tastes.

Here you can enjoy Nature, the culture and the cuisine from Alentejo. You can touch the land, sow and plant in the greenhouse, try out the traditional hand watering, watch a few rare species of the local avifauna or fish at the Sado River. There are places to discover in the vicinity, such as the mines at Lousal and Aljustrel, the megalithic monuments, the Castle at Santiago do Cacém or the Roman Ruins at Miróbriga.

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Come visit our animals, watch rare birds, participate in the farming activities or fish with your family at the Sado River.

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Come visit the Lousal Mines, the Museu de Ciência Viva and the Aljustrel Mines, they’re just around the corner.

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Come visit the megalithic monuments at Lousal, the Pata de Cavalo, the Roman Ruins at Miróbriga and the Castle at Santiago do Cacém.

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Partners Activities

Tours - Grândola

Our Tours partner main purpose is to present the rich and well-preserved heritage of the regions visited by making various types of activities ranging from biking, hiking, through the bicycle rental to the activities which can be considered more radical

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Touristic Rides by Car

Route: Ermidas Sado, Alvalade, S. Domingos, Vale de Agua, Cercal, Brunheiras, Vila Nova de Mil Fontes, Porto Covo, Ermidas Sado. 

Car: Mistsubishi Pagero 2.8 GLS with 6 seats and A/C

Nature Activities – Outdoor Travels

Feel, explore, and enjoy the Alentejo’s Southwest beside its beaches, this is the proposal of Nature Activities, a company based in Vila Nova de Milfontes. Kayaking Mira River, walking through hills and cliffs, Surf or practicing Yoga in silence and harmony with nature, these are some of the experiences we share with you,individually, as a family, with friends or coworkers.

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Skydive Europe - Fly Your Dreams

10% discount on skydive (except 3.000m) and 30% discount on the contact flight.

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Olive Oil press of "Oliveira da Serra"

Visits to the Olive Oil press of "Oliveira da Serra" can be done from October to March everyday between 9h and 16h. Between April and September you can visit it every Fridays from 9h to 16h.

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Rosa Pádua Azevedo

Monte Novo Vale Lousal

7565-257 Ermidas-Sado, Portugal
Tlp : +351 269 594 046

Mbl : +351 912 546 148


Working hours
MON - SUN 08:00-20:00