Do you like camping but miss some creature comforts? Well, now you can choose from yurts, safaris, tipis and eco-pods where contact with nature is a little more glamorous.
Senses Camping, Guarda
Located in the largest natural reserve in the country, Serra da Estrela, Senses Camping is close to the source of the River Mondego, taking full advantage of the fresh water that comes directly from the mountain. The Safari tents, suitable for families, and the Bell tents, which offer a cosier feel, can accommodate four people, are pitched in an extraordinarily beautiful landscape. Stretching over three hectares, you can also bring your tent and enjoy the sounds of the river and the chirping of the birds. The fruit and vegetables from the garden are served at the restaurant and there are a number of different horse-riding, sculpture, massage and yoga workshops.
Quinta do Rio, Faia
+351 91 048 8800
€17,50 – €45
O Homem Verde Wildglamping, Penela
Enjoy a unique experience in this perfect place for a holiday and ideal for the adventurous and nature lovers. A traditional Mongolian tents (yurts) and typical American native tents from the plains (teepees) are the options available from this camping site that promises evenings filled with the sounds of the night and the light of the stars. Pitched on the terraces of the Espinhal mountains, the yurt is more family-oriented with ethnic style, while the teepees, which use solar energy, are more romantic. Enjoy the therapeutic massage service, both indoors and out, and explore the trails, the waterfall, the natural pools and other aspects of the country and mountains.
+351 239 551 136
€230 – €370
Cascais Oásis, Cascais
It is said that 2,000 years ago, the Romans planted vineyards in this enchanted valley where the Ribeira das Vinhas flows. Nowadays, we can still sense the communion with nature of those distant times at the Cascais Oásis. Two wooden houses (eco-pods), three safari tents and a teepee were strategically placed in the shade of the trees and each one has an exclusive private area. When it gets hot, take a dip in the old irrigation tank or walk to the nearby beaches. Next door is the Armando Villar Educational Farm, where visitors can see a variety of wild vegetation and indigenous domestic and wild animals.
Caminho da Quinta das Patinhas
+351 96 111 1631
€90 – €600
Eco-Lodge Brejeira, Silves
In the very heart of the Algarve, overlooking the Serra de Monchique, this project, which was the brainchild of the Dutch couple Sander van Egmond and Claire Versteeg, is the result of much effort and local inspiration. The site is alternative ecological accommodation, where guests can choose between the true camping spirit in the comfort of a charming Mongolian tent and an old gypsy van. Hidden away in a sheltered nook, the yurt is located on a wooden platform with a large balcony for a closer connection to nature. The popular and typically Dutch gypsy van comes with a double bed, living room and kitchen. If you need more room, you can always go for a fireman’s truck, which has been converted into a caravan.
+351 91 937 6502
€35 – €60
A group of friends’ passion for the sea, adventure and travel led to a project that aims to share this feeling and Portuguese culture and landscapes with travellers from all over the world. Aboard the X-Ride Bus you will have a unique opportunity to see the best spots in Western Europe and discover the magic of the Costa Vicentina, in the Algarve, or the fabulous waves of the northern coast. When parked, the bus boasts an exterior kitchen, a canopy and a host of extras that not only create a unique relaxing atmosphere but also allows travellers to enjoy the surrounding nature to the max. When it’s time to relax, climb up to the top floor and kick back in one of the rooms while you are driven to your next destination.
+351 91 634 1941
€349 – €694
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