Offering an alternative escape from the hustle and bustle, glamping has become an increasingly celebrated option for outdoor enthusiasts and luxury travellers alike. This pastime trend—joining “glamour” and “camping”—provides an unforgettable getaway in secluded landscapes, without sacrificing your comfort.
These glamping sites operate with impeccable hospitality, and ensure their guests can enjoy all the perks of camping while remaining incredibly eco-friendly.
Comfort in the wild
Be it a Turkish yurt, a Mongolian ger, a Northern American tipi or a treehouse, all these unconventional lodgings offer a low-carbon alternative to traditional accommodation both in construction and maintenance. Most of these eco retreats endeavour to create a sustainable environment by utilising locally sourced materials and renewable energy. Some of them even provide meals prepared from organic ingredients from their very own gardens.
Interested in topping the unique experience with radiant sunshine and passionate Southern Europe hospitality? Here are three eco-friendly glamping retreats in Portugal.
1. Pedras Salgadas Spa and Nature Park, Bornes de Aguiar, Portugal
Located in the picturesque Pedras Salgadas Spa and Nature Park, the seven Eco Houses designed by Architect Luís Rebelo de Andrade are the perfect examples of simple modern living in a private natural setting. The Eco Houses provide a minimalist living space that merges seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Featuring two bedrooms, a bathroom, a kitchenette, a living room, a deck and a hall, guests can indulge in a comfortable stay and immerse themselves in the luxury of thermal treatments, spa and other outdoor activities.
Address: Parque Pedras Salgadas, 5450-140 Bornes de Aguiar, Portugal
2. Vinha da Manta, Guarda, Portugal
If you prefer the homeliness of canvas lodges, the spacious tents of Vinha da Manta are a paradise for outdoor lovers. Overlooking the serene green valley, the eight lodge tents offer privacy, tranquillity, and utmost comfort to their guests. Explore the Serra da Estrela Natural Park by canoeing, horse riding or hiking. Or stay close to home and visit the biological swimming pool at the retreat.
Address: Quinta Do Barata, 6300-095 Faia, Guarda, Portugal
3. Tipi Valley Algarve Surf & Yoga Retreat, Aljezur, Portugal
Just a stone’s throw away from four local surf beaches along the west coast of the Algarve region, Tipi Valley Algarve Surf & Yoga Retreat offers simple yet comfortable Tipi tents in a secluded and untouched environment. Their devotion to sustainable living is shown by efforts in sourcing local products, utilising solar power and organic gardening. With their surfing and yoga program, you will find plenty to do while still being able to enjoy the simplicity and rustic charm of the valley.
Address: Apartado 1155, Aljezur, Portugal
Huh – I didn’t know this about Portugal!