Best Glamping Destinations in the Algarve, Portugal
If you are looking for an alternative way to spending a holiday in Portugal you really need to consider glamping. Camping can be fun but if you want to take the whole outdoor experience up a notch, glamping (from ‘glamorous’ and ‘camping’) is what you should go for.
If you are keen to travel to Portugal there are so many reasons you should consider going glamping. It’s a 5 star experience under canvas, with all the advantages of camping but without the drawbacks, and with a healthy dose of luxury thrown in. Glamping is very affordable expecially compared to the usual package holiday resort and you can stay a few days, week or longer. Sound good so far?
If you’re looking for the perfect places to go glamping in Portugal, then look no further than the spectacular Algarve region as your destination. The region is blessed with a wonderful climate, magnificent and unusual scenery and beautiful beaches.
What’s more, it is readily accessible from airports all over the UK with regular flights into Faro Airport, from where you can access the whole of the Algarve in little over an hour at most.
Here are 4 glorious glamping spots on the Algarve for you to consider booking:
1. Tipi Algarve
Tipi Algarve is situated just 45 minutes from Faro Airport and offers accommodation in a range of tipis, yurts and safari tents as well as a studio cottage. The emphasis here is on tranquillity and the site has a real ‘back to nature’ feel.
Amenities include a pond with a stock of koi carp and a poly tunnel growing organic vegetables. There is also a small pool and the site offers free loan of things like board games and beach toys for the kids. A range of therapists offering holistic treatments and massages are available to visit the site on request.
The countryside location feels a million miles from the tourist centres of the Algarve though these are only minutes away...the nearest beach is Praia da Rocha, only 15 minutes by car. Tipi Algarve gets great reviews from its guests, particularly about the quality of accommodation and the peaceful location of the site.
2. Eco-Lodge Brejeira
Eco-Lodge Brejeira prides itself on its eco-friendly qualifications – electricity is generated by the sun and water is from a natural source. From the comfort of your Mongolian yurt or a gypsy caravan, you can experience the nature of the Algarve up close.
The site is situated close to the beautiful and historic town of Silves and within an easy drive of several fantastic beaches that combine soft golden sand with intricate rock formations for which the Algarve is renowned. The well known mountain range of Monchique is also nearby, affording spectacular views.
There are a number of excursions available and the hiking in this area is amazing. In addition, there’s golfing, biking, water sports and fishing available close by, as are some wonderful rustic restaurants.
3. Quinta da Natureza
Quinta da Natureza is another glamping site where you will be surrounded by animals. The owners here keep horses, donkeys, cats, dogs and chickens. This is another site that prides itself on being run with great regard for the environment, making use of solar energy, spring water and growing its own vegetables. It also uses wood from its own trees for burning.
Accommodation here is predominantly in cottages and wooden houses but also in yurt tents. Amenities include a barbecue area and a stone built pool. There is lots of meditation and yoga on offer and the site is beautifully tended and kept.
The setting for Quinta da Natureza is predominantly wooded and is very beautiful and isolated. It is situated on the Eastern edge of the Parque Natural da Arrabida to the West of the Algarve, about 5 kilometres from stunning beaches and 2 kilometres from the small inland village of Ervedal da Beira where you can find a few bars and a nice restaurant.
4. Portugal Nature Lodge
Portugal Nature Lodge is located in the hills of Alentejo about 80 kilometres from Lagos.
Accommodation is offered in magnificent safari tents, yurts and tipis. Each tent has its own bathroom and kitchen, hot and cold running water, electrical supply and of course its own unique and spectacular view. Tents are situated on wooden platforms and are furnished with ‘proper’ double beds and seating. Each tent also has a shaded outside seating area.
The wildlife around the camp along with wonderful vegetation gives guests the feeling of getting back to nature though the camp is very well situated for exploring the towns of the region as well. Breakfasts and some evening meals are available on request.
Hikers will not be disappointed as there are many walks you can undertake, through the hills, along the nearby river and along the wild and untamed coastline that is only 20 minutes away. The area is also ideal for cycling and the owners are happy to help in arranging this.