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Parque de Campismo da Albufeira do Maranhão

Portugal, Alentejo, Portalegre, Avis

+351 242 412 452
All year.

Alan Rogers Review

This medium sized campsite beside a reservoir in central Portugal is operated by the local municipality as part of a larger leisure park, the Avis Nautical Club. From the entrance it is just a few steps to the lakeside pool, beach and restaurant. The site is built in terraces on a hill, with the upper levels occupied by apartments to rent and by numerous seasonal units. There are 70 marked pitches, but on the lower levels you find yourself a spot between the trees. The ground is uneven in places but there is plenty of shade and good views across the reservoir. There are plentiful 16A electrical connections.

The historic town of Avis with its castle and views over the surrounding countryside is within easy reach and offers shops, bars and restaurants as well as a considerable architectural heritage. Festivals, fairs and many exhibitions extend to cover the entire holiday season, starting in May when a mediaeval fair takes over the town. There are many walking, cycling and mountain-biking trails and the Maranhão dam is well worth a visit, as is the nearby megalithic compound. The six bridges across the reservoir are described as ideal spots for bird-watchers, though black kites are regularly seen soaring over the campsite.


Two traditional toilet blocks provide controllable showers, cold water to open-style washbasins. Units for disabled visitors in newer block with two pitches reserved for their use adjacent. Note: blocks are at either end of the middle terrace, so there is quite a climb from the lower levels. Motorhome service point (basic water tap). Bar and snack bar. Games and TV room. Bicycle hire. Apartments for hire. Direct beach access. WiFi in games room (free).

  • Accommodation to Rent
  • All Year
  • American Motor Homes
  • Bar Nearby
  • Bicycle Hire on Site
  • Boat Launch on Site
  • Fishing on Site
  • Lake/River Beach Onsite
  • Outdoor Pool Nearby
  • Riding Nearby
  • Sailing Nearby
  • Shop Nearby
  • Takeaway Food
  • TV on Site
  • Twin Axle Caravans Accepted
  • Wifi Free
  • Wifi Partial Site


Avis is 140 km. northeast of Lisbon. From south via A6/!P7 (Lisbon-Spain) leave at exit 4, take N4 to Arraiolos then head north on N370 to Avis. From north join A23/IP6 east and leave at exit 10 (Abrantes). Take N2 south to Ponte de Sor and N224 to Avis. From bypass, turn west and follow signs to site.

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Location Coordinates
Decimal Degrees (DD)
Latitude Longitude
39.05683 -7.9115
Degrees, Minutes & Seconds (DMS)
Latitude Longitude
N39 3 24 W7 54 41

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