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Venue Details

Location:Portalegre, Portugal
Sports:Rowing, Canoeing

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Luis Teixeira, an ex International oarsman, started the project of building this European rowing training camp base in 2004. He continues to update the training facilities which have been constructed on the banks of a dammed lake just outside Aviz.

The location is a bit isolated but the water training is very good.

The on-site hotel also offers holiday destinations even if you don’t want to do any exercise.

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By Air: Badajoz (BJZ) airport 95 km - Lisbon (LIS) 111 km

Transfers: To and from the airport can be arranged

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Hints & Tips


Even in February you can get sun stroke. Take plenty of books or DVDs as there isn’t much to do.





The 4* accommodation offers air-conditioned rooms all with furnished terraces, near to the Maranhão Lake. There are floor-to-ceiling windows, wooden floors, and warm colours throughout.

Each room at Herdade da Cortesia comes with a flat-screen TV and a minibar.

The infinity pool is located within the garden 


RESTAURANT: The restaurant has glass walls giving you panoramic views of the garden.

The chefs balance diet plans for heavy training loads with local produce and traditional cooking


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Places of Interest


This is a rural setting and Aviz is 5 km away. The town is very quiet with an ageing population. You can stroll through the town but will not find many cafes, bars or restaurants.

Training Facilities



The dammed lake offers over 25 km of water.

3 different lake branches to train on

There is a buoyed line offering a 2km course but more lanes can be added by request.

The surrounding hills give protection from the wind but sometimes cause varying conditions throughout the 2km track.

Coaching can only be done from a launch.

There are 2 available for hire or you could bring your own.

No additional water traffic

There is a boat shed and outside racking by the boating area. The storage area is secure.




There is sufficient space for 10 ergos

The weights room was restocked in 2012 with very good bars and weights

Spin bikes for cross training or rehab work





Enhance your camp with more intensive coaching. We can put you in contact with accredited rowing coaches, experienced in coaching at all levels from beginners through top domestic and up to international and Olympic standard, who will work with your own coaches to further  extend the gains you make on your camp.


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Reviewed by Olaf
On 04-Sep-2019 16:1:31

Comments:  Avis proved to be a great training arena. Olaf Tufte - 2x Olympic Champion
Reviewed by Lars
On 04-Sep-2019 16:1:37

Comments:  Avis is the perfect location for our training camps. Lars Christensen | High Perfomance Director
Reviewed by Fabiana
On 04-Sep-2019 16:1:05

Comments:  A stay at Herdade da Cortesia is a wonderful experience. It has everything I need: lots of water for rowing, comfort to rest and spectacular cuisine. I won the World Cup in Lucerne right after spending a season at the hotel. Fabiana Beltrame - Brazil Rowing
Reviewed by Pete
On 04-Sep-2019 16:1:01

Comments:  Herdade da Cortesia is not only my favourite training location anywhere in the world; it is also a home away from home. The outstanding staff go above and beyond their jobs to get every detail perfect. My Olympic preparations were finalized here, and it really made a difference. Herdade da Cortesia is high performance. Peter Reed - GB Olympic Gold winner
Reviewed by Hooikade
On 08-Sep-2013 13:1:28

Comments:  Just back from a long weekend sculling camp, based at this hotel. A perfect place... innovative architecture somehow feels totally at home in the lovely unspoilt countryside. Beautiful gardens lead down to the infinity pool, overlooking the lake. The gym down the hillside is possibly the most wonderful place I have ever worked out on an erg! Although very much a top-class hotel, the location is geared to the needs of athletes and rowers in particular. Great rooms, comfy beds and big bathrooms. Top notch service (rooms made up by the time breakfast is over). Tasty and healthy food at every mealtime, served in the stunning restaurant. We also enjoyed an excellent tasting from the local winery. Avis itself is a pretty little city about 10 mins away by bike... Not much happens there! Already looking forward to a return trip next year!
Reviewed by Storti
On 08-Sep-2013 13:1:25

Comments:  Enjoyed the quality of a good service in the quiet nature! The staff is well prepared and willing to make each stay perfect. The restaurant presents an excellent menu where local products are cook with an international and exquisite flavour. Great atmosphere!
Reviewed by Eurico
On 08-Sep-2013 13:1:08

Comments:  The building architecture it is really great. The food at restaurant and breakfast was amazing with typicall products from Alentejo. Staff was helpfull and kind
Reviewed by Fernandes
On 08-Sep-2013 12:1:20

Comments:  Amazing modern hotel, perfect to break with day to day routines
Reviewed by Ed James-Watson
On 25-Jul-2013 12:1:53

Comments:  Aviz, Portugal