Camping can be so luxurious: waking up in a large wooden bed, comfortably wrapped in thick blankets and yet in the middle of nature. This is Aterra - a unique, rustic accommodation for eco-camping a few kilometers north of the Algarve.
A nature concert welcomes guests here in the morning: a few meters from the tent you can hear the peacocks calling, a horse puffing in the paddock and the croaking of the frogs echoing from the small lake. Time to get up and leave the large, Indian-Moroccan tent.
Breakfast is already served in the exotic wooden gazebo. There is freshly squeezed orange juice and yogi tea or coffee, along with warm croissants or bread, homemade jam, cold cuts and yoghurt with delicious strawberries from the garden - most of it is organic, comes directly from the region or was even grown on the farm in the own small farming.
In this valley, six kilometers from the wild Atlantic beaches of the Costa Vicentina, Francisco and Claudia have realized their dream of a sustainable life with and in nature. Here they want to show people how to live sustainably and bring them to nature: Aterra, as the name says. On its twelve hectare property there are two huge tipis for four people, two large family yurts and three thatched Rajasthani tents.
So there is enough space to relax in peace, but the guests also have the opportunity to do something with the other guests: swimming in fresh water in their own small lake or kayaking in red, taking yoga classes in the Participate in an open pavilion, go horseback riding, get treatment from the Indian masseur, help with the fruit and vegetable harvest in the garden or sit together around the campfire in the evening. One thing is certain: for everyone who loves nature, absolute relaxation is guaranteed.
ArchitectureThe large tents, yurts and tipis stand on platforms in the middle of the valley. Francisco made all the wooden constructions and thatched roofs, as well as the large open-air pavilion, together with local craftsmen. All materials come from the region. Francisco and Claudia brought most of the tents, such as beds, bedside tables, chairs and mirrors, from their numerous trips to India, Vietnam, Thailand and Morocco. They also made sure that the furniture came from local and sustainable production.
FoodAterra has its own chef, who provides guests with delicacies on a daily basis: from breakfast with homemade bread, homemade jam, cold cuts, yoghurt and seasonal fruits, to lunch and dinner. Only fresh, mostly organically grown ingredients from the region and from our own vegetable and orchard are placed in the pots and plates. Most Mediterranean dishes are vegetarian, but if you like meat and fish, you don't have to do without them. There is a barbecue area and a pizza oven in the garden, which is fired with wood. There is also a bar in the dining lounge, which provides guests with drinks, smoothies and fresh juices. If you want, you can also order a filled picnic basket from the chef for your excursions.
EnvironmentFrancisco and Claudia tried to create a holiday destination in Aterra where the environment and resources are protected and protected in the best possible way: the electricity comes from renewable energies, a solar system on the property supplies the showers with warm water and there are compost toilets that are emptied and cleaned daily. The resulting compost is used the following year to enrich the soil and naturally fertilize the plants.
Well-BeingIn the Aterra, guests can attend yoga classes twice a day. In addition, the native Indian Utkarsh Vyas offers a wide variety of treatments and massages. He learned his craft at the Bodyology School of Massage in London. With the massages, Vyas wants to help restore the spirit and body of the guests with youthful energy. All massages are based on a combination of old and modern techniques and knowledge. The offer ranges from Indian head massages, stone massages, aromatherapy and Reiki healing to various Ayurveda treatments. Vyas is also happy to advise holidaymakers with his Ayurveda knowledge of healthy eating.
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From Lisbon, guests can take the bus directly to the neighboring town of São Teotónio and are picked up there. As an alternative, Aterrra can also organize a transfer from Faro Airport, 1.5 hours away.
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