Welcome to Vale das Lobas

Well-Being, Discovery, Biodiversity

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SUMMER 2021

Imagine          

A place with clean air, natural springs, and traditional farming, where the only sounds to break your meditation are the trickling of water and the buzzing of bees.

An ancient valley with sacred sites from the neolithic era – full of the power of wild nature, where the connection between humanity and nature is still intact, as is the unbroken link to ancestral wisdom.

A place which subtly supports your reconnection with yourself and with nature.

Just being here is revitalising, remembering that we are one with nature

Vale das Lobas is leading towards sustainable life on Earth.

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NATURE SPA

The spiritual heart of Vale das Lobas

Camping Park

In the Heart of Nature

Restaurant

Iconic 19th century olive mill

Capela do Girões

A forgotten treasure

ARTISAN VILLAGE

Eco-dwellings in nature

Regenerative Agriculture

Farming in Partnership with Nature

Biodiversity Park

A Haven for Nature and Rewilding

OUR NEWS

Singing birds

Who can claim more fame and praise for their “talking” (i.e., acoustic communication) other than songbirds, with their beautiful and complex songs? This, which is such a telltale sign of the arrival of spring, delights us and inspires art and poetry.

Spring

I step out the door. The sun is hot, bright, facing me as I face it and greet it good morning. There is a strong breeze blowing, reminding me of the ending of winter. Two dogs greet me, wagging their tails happily and lazily as they bask in the morning light. Their fur is soft and very warm. After weeks of grey overcast, it’s stunning how this sunny day can lift up my mood. I feel energised, light, social, happy.

The Daycare Centre in Sobral Pichorro

The Daycare Centre of the village, which is run by ALASP (Association for the League of Friends of Sobral Pichorro), is made up of the most loving people, that every day are in charge of cooking the meals for the older inhabitants, delivering them to their homes, cleaning their houses and caring for the elderly. They are just a handful of female employees that do it, and many times they are the only people that the elderly sees all day, day after day. It is the reality of abandoned inland and generation, but courageously kept by those that stay for the love of the land, with all that she has.

The rebirth of stone

There is something absolutely beautiful about seeing a building being built out of the same materials that compose the landscape. Sure, marble and mahogany island kitchenettes are fun, but have you ever picked up rocks from the ground and made a wall out of it?

The Tadelakt

Tadelakt is a very good word. I heard it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and since then I’ve said it or heard it every day. And what is it after all?

Pruning the chestnut forest

At Vale das Lobas, in the area above the village of Sobral Pichorro, there is an incredible forest of tall, thin trees, with light-brown trunks covered in green, fluffy lichen, whose floor is now covered in a bed of leaves representing autumn hues. They are chestnut trees…

Water and the turbine | part 2 – more energy sources in the restaurant

“So, let’s have a look inside!” Dino and I walk into the restaurant through the open door by balancing on a metal platform over a thin water channel…

Water and the vortex turbine | part 1

“The beauty of the hydropower is of course that it’s running 24h a day, which is very different from solar.… So especially for these kitchen equipments like fridges, which need power continuously, they are ideal to be powered by the hydroturbine…

SKIPPY

Skippy was who you would first meet on a visit to Vale das Lobas, ever since there was a Vale das Lobas. He would greet you on the doorstep, and if you went for a walk, he always lead the way, a white fluff with two blueish-white beacons for eyes and a heavy undulating tail.

Biodiversity Park Update

We are thrilled to announce that the Biodiversity Park initiative is now ready to progress beyond...

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