Welcome to Vale das Lobas

Well-Being, Discovery, Biodiversity

Imagine          

A valley at over 400m altitude, 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.

…….With sacred sites from the neolithic era, water mines that come from the time before time, ancient olive trees, and an unbroken history of natural farming…..

A place which will subtly support your reconnection with yourself and with nature.

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

READY TO RECEIVE YOU BY

SUMMER 2021

NATURE SPA

The spiritual heart of Vale das Lobas
Dive in

Camping Park

In the Heart of Nature
Pitch your tent

Restaurant

Iconic 19th century olive mill
Get a taster

Capela do Girões

A forgotten treasure
Step in

ARTISAN VILLAGE

Eco-dwellings in nature
Make the move

Regenerative Agriculture

Farming in Partnership with Nature
Dig in

Biodiversity Park

A Sanctuary for Nature and Rewilding
Discover the wilderness

OUR NEWS

Fermentation

Fermentation is a thousands-year-old technique for preservation and enhancement of food. With the abundance coming from our vegetable garden, more than we can eat and share (since everyone’s garden around here is overflowing with courgettes and tomatoes as well ihih), we are exploring several alchemical ways of keeping the vegetables nutritious for longer.

CERVAS

Last week I was welcomed by Ricardo Brandão – walking encyclopaedia – at the Hospital of CERVAS, in Gouveia. CERVAS is a main artery of Nature in Serra da Estrela. In the whole Centre of Portugal, actually. They do fundamental work in conservation and recuperation of animals, doing, among other things, monitoring, education and recovery.

Open Morning

On Saturday, July 10th 2021, we opened our doors and welcomed you on our first OPEN MORNING. We wanted to meet our friends, the local community, the youngest and the eldest of the villages and towns and cities around Vale das Lobas and beyond.

Dogs

The bond between dogs and humans is one of the oldest and most historical relationships we can personally know.

Former olive oil lagar, future restaurant by the river

As we neared the restaurant, fate met us on our way, taking the shape of José da Cruz and Joaquim, two villagers born and raised in Sobral Pichorro. And so, we had the most incredible guided tour of the building, for Joaquim the lagar where his dad worked all his life, and he as well during adolescence. For Zé da Cruz, a trip to his childhood days, in a reality which we, born close to the new millennium, almost won’t believe to be true.

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?

JOIN THE CIRCLE

The Circle of Guardians is a community aligned with the mission of Vale das Lobas.

A Guardian is an honorary role. It is an acknowledgement of alignment and a desire to be involved, providing invaluable support and service, and receiving many benefits in appreciation.