Aterra is an ecological campsite on the Southwest coast of Alentejo, Portugal. We offer guests a unique ‘glamping’ experience in a rustic, yet very comfortable and beautiful, family friendly environment. We invite you to stay in romantic yurt
Nestled in a valley covered with woodlands and fruit trees, Aterra offers a luxury camping experience with natural wildlife surroundings. There is a freshwater lake, barbecue facilities and free Wi-Fi.
Each individually decorated tent and tipi at Aterra features a small private sun deck with chairs and a large living area with a hand wash basin. There are shared outdoor bathroom facilities with a shower.
A buffet breakfast is served daily either in-room or in the dining room where guests can enjoy dishes made from local produce. There are several restaurants and bars serving Portuguese cuisine and wines within a 10 minutes’ drive.
Guests can relax in the seating areas, sunbathe lakeside or on the grasslands. Other activities include canoeing, hiking and cycling. There is a children's playground and bike hire is available.
We have our Private chef on site who runs the kitchen offering dinners and providing basic facilities and storage space for guests. His cooking is mostly vegetarian utilising as much homegrown and organic produce as possible from the garden and farm. We also have a BBQ area and wood fired Pizza oven with sink and preparation space. The adjoining Reception/Lounge has a large shaded living area for dining plus a lawn and fire space for relaxing and enjoying the view. There is an attached bar and shop offering local and handmade products.
SinksOur toilet and shower area is beautifully designed out of wood and bamboo. It is subtly situated under a large cork tree, by the river where you can watch the sunset as you shower. All of our water comes from the site and hot water is solar generated. The toilets are dry compost toilets, emptied and cleaned daily. Your compost contributions are then used the following year to enrich the soil and feed the plants!
We have a kids’ playground area with swings and slides, and hanging chairs in the trees. Amidst the gardens there are various shaded and comfy areas to sit in. We also have an ‘Open Farm’ where children can have the opportunity to have contact with and learn about the animals and nature. Children can stroke and feed the animals, and help pick the fruit and vegetables.
BeachOur freshwater lake has its own private beach, sun chairs and shaded areas. It is a fantastic spot for swimming, sunbathing, water games, picnics or just relaxing. Water floats, games and a kayake are available for use on site.
BeachBareventsThere is a bar serving some alcoholic drinks, juices, smoothies and acai. Behind the beach is our new Inspiral area, a circular space made with a reciprocal roof. This provides a multifunctional space for yoga, group activities and events
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CATERING: Breakfast is provided by us and served in the Reception Area everyday at 9.30am. We offer a buffet of local and homemade breads and pastries, jams, ham and cheese, yoghurt, cereals, seasonal fruit and fresh juices and hot drinks.
BeacheventsSPECIAL EVENTS: Our house chef can provide guests with picnics and food for any special occasion such as a birthday, wedding or anniversary. The resort is ideal for hosting such special events and has already held weddings, hen and stag nights and group parties. Aterra has also held many courses and workshops; providing groups with accommodation, food, working and communal spaces. By utilising our additional Morrocan and Indian tents we can create extra spaces.
CLEANLINESS: Aterra’s staff ensures that the resort is always kept clean and tidy. Toilets, showers and communal areas are frequently cleaned and daily room service can be requested for an extra cost. Towels and our natural soap are provided for all sinks and showers.
CONNECTIONS: We arrange private transfers directly to and from Aterra; to Faro airport, train and bus stations or local sites.
Information and Conditions
-Check in time is 3.00pm; check out time is 12.00pm (unless special arrangement).
-Payment to be made in cash on day of arrival.
-Breakfast is served between 9.30 and 11.00am in the Reception Tent.
-Cold and solar hot water provided in communal showers.
-Towels are for use in the showers only- not to be taken to the lake or beach.
-Natural soap provided in sinks and showers. Please use environmentally friendly washing products where possible.
-Compost toilets are cleaned daily and paper is provided.
-All the contents and decoration of the tents and tipis have been accounted for and any loss or damage incurred will be charged for.
-Smoking inside tipis and tents is strictly forbidden; please smoke outside with precaution, disposing of butts in ashtrays.
-Communal kitchen with cooker, fridge, freezer and other appliances and apparatus can be used by guests; all must be cleaned and put back after use.
-Fire is only allowed in the allocated place in front of the Reception Tent and is to be requested for and assisted by us.
-BBQ allowed in allocated area only.
-Fire extinguisher and First Aid Kit in Reception Tent.
-Please respect the flora, fauna and wildlife of A Terra.
-Please keep the site clean and put all rubbish in bins.
-Please respect others’ peace; quiet hours between 11.00pm and 6.00am.
-Dogs allowed if kept under control.
-No vehicles on site, parking in allocated area.
-Swimming in the lake is at your own risk.
-We hold no liability for personal belongings or injuries during your stay but will endeavour to make your time with us as happy, safe and enjoyable as possible.
A Terra was initiated and set up by us. As a couple that have always liked to welcome friends and family, Aterra is simply an extension of our home and hospitality.
Aterra aims to provide guests with a little of the freedom, peace and tranquillity that we are lucky enough to experience here. Come to be treated well in a relaxed ambience, staying in humble luxury, retaining respect for the Earth and all other beings. Taste a bit of quality (not quantity) with good food, beautiful surroundings and at one with nature.
Having lived abroad and travelled widely, Aterra reflects influences and inspirations from different cultures and styles. The resort has a hybrid element combining Portuguese and regional specialties, with other fruits of the world. Due to our Indian connection and affection, a strong essence of India can be felt as you enter our tents and as you recline in the Reception Tent. A few Indian accessories can also be purchased in our small shop.
Francisco’s previous works in gardening, permaculture and ecological construction have given him the skills to design and build all the structures, gardens and furniture at Aterra. His knowledge of building with different materials and his resourcefulness means that most of Aterra’s constructions have been hand crafted using materials sourced from either our land or locally, or using recycled goods.
Claudia’s studies in geography and development gave her the understanding of the fundamental need for taking care of people and our Earth. As a primary school teacher, she worked in many different types of schools and realised the need for children to have a wider education. Claudia is keen to give children this opportunity at Aterra allowing them to have the freedom to explore, play and discover through fun, practical experiences. Aterra thus has a small open farm that not only helps us to be more self-sufficient but also aims to give others, particularly children, contact with animals and nature.