It has been said that Alcoutim is one of the best kept secrets of the Algarve because even in the height of summer, you can enjoy a peace and quiet that other parts of Portugal lose.Our hostel here is in a beautiful white-washed building complete with its own swimming pool. So even if you feel like just soaking up the sun, then you can roll out of bed and charge your batteries at the hostel before venturing further afield.This is a great destination for groups interested in bird watching – look out for Stone-curlews and Montagu’s Harriers and in the winter – Golden Plovers and Lapwings. At night it is a hunting zone for Eagle Owls.Or if you want to see more of the local scenery, why not book up a boat trip on the River Guadiana? There are a number of operators here – ask at reception about the best deals for groups.Younger guests might enjoy a visit to ‘Cova dos Mouros Mine’ – a transformed mining site which has a traditional theme complete with reconstructions and historical artefacts. If the Portuguese sun is too much for you here, then there are natural pools to dip in and donkey rides too. So don’t forget to take your swimming costume.For more of a beach experience you can walk to the Praia Fluvial, a pretty inland river beach, just a short walk from the hostel. A lovely sandy beach has been created on a bend in the river (Ribeira de Cadavais) with paths along the river bank and a large grassed area with plenty of plants.So if your group is looking for a stay in Portugal which is a beat off the beaten track, then why not think about a stay in Alcoutim. Our helpful staff here are waiting to welcome you.