The Quinta do Catalão farm in the Portuguese Algarve is the perfect place to leave everyday life behind. Away from mass tourism, it invites you to enjoy nature and relax.
The typical Portuguese courtyard stood empty for a few years until Karolina and Max discovered it with their three children. Together with Pedro, their Portuguese partner, they bought the farm in 2013 and gradually had it renovated and lovingly restored. The farm now offers various small, cozy accommodations such as huts or even a tent where guests can sleep.
A day at the Quinta do Catalão begins with an extensive, warm breakfast, which includes good coffee and freshly squeezed orange juice. Then the highlight is just waiting for children to feed the animals living on the farm (dogs, cats, chickens, ducks, geese, pigs and goats). The afternoons invite you to read a book in comfortable hammocks or to go to one of the Algarve beaches. In the evening you can grill together or bake in a pizza oven. Via a projector there is the possibility to watch a film and to end the day relaxed. You can also enjoy a wonderful view of the sunset from the courtyard.
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ArchitectureEvery accommodation at Quinta do Catalão is unique. Most of the interior was built using recycled materials, and the walls were painted with environmentally friendly paint. The style can be attributed to the Japanese, aesthetic Wabi-Sabi concept, which focuses on the beauty of the imperfect and incomplete. If something breaks, an attempt is always made to repair it first. There is even a place in the yard where various old things are collected so that they can later be repaired or converted.
FoodThe fruit and vegetables that grow on the farm are only harvested shortly before serving. Thanks to the chickens, there are fresh eggs every morning. It is ensured that almost everything grown is also consumed. The remains are fed to the animals or composted. This can ensure that no food is thrown away. The offer consists of seasonal and local dishes. The ingredients that do not come from your own garden are bought from neighboring farmers or at the weekly market. There are numerous vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options for guests. In addition to an extensive breakfast, there is the option of buying in the afternoon from a food truck that is located in the yard. This offers warm, small dishes as well as homemade cakes and ice cream.
Employees can spend the night on the farm free of charge. We are also happy to employ students who combine working on the farm with a subsequent vacation in the Algarve. Quinta do Catalão is part of the Erasmus internship program.
EnvironmentThe water is heated by solar cells. The water already used is used again to water the plants. The system is largely equipped with solar light. Only environmentally friendly products are used to clean the rooms. There are two environmentally friendly washing machines in the yard that use little water and electricity. And thanks to the many rays of the sun, everything can dry directly in the sun after washing.
Well-BeingThe top priority is that the guests are well. Karolina and Max are happy to give tips on eating out in the area and on numerous excursions. There is a yoga class once a week (more on request).
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A rental car is recommended, as the farm is otherwise difficult to reach and you cannot explore the beautiful surroundings of the Algarve. The airport in Faro is less than an hour away (92 km). You will receive the exact address and directions on booking.
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