Sustainability

Sustainable Facilities around Nature Tourism

It is part of the mission of VALE DAS LOBAS to create a truly sustainable nature tourism resort. Being one with nature at VALE DAS LOBAS goes beyond what visitors do outside. Also inside the buildings and facilities our visitors will feel they are in direct connection with the earth, the water and the sun.

In all facilities there will be extensive use of renewable energy sources with photovoltaic electricity generation, geothermal heating systems and ecological waste and water treatment using biological filtration. Both the Nature Spa Hotel and the Artisan Village will have a biological swimming pool.

Visitors will be inspired and appreciate the use of low-impact ecological building and construction techniques with local material, like granite, cork, straw bales and earth. The particular technology of Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB) is one of the pillars in the construction methods used for the Eco-homes.

Houses build with earth have a high thermal mass – they stay cool in the summer, and warm in the winter; they are organic – the walls breathe, and the air and moisture levels are perfect for living.

Granite building balneario

Beautiful stone masonry with recycled granite used for the circular bathhouse in the Camping Park

Compressed Earth Blocks

Compressed Earth Blocks – earth has low embodied energy and is the ultimate “local material”

Straw Bales Building

Eco-friendly and energy efficient – there is nothing as calming and beautiful as a straw bale wall in a building

Biological Swimming Pool

Natural swimming pools are filtered organically rather than chemically