9 Great Spots For Glamping In Portugal Right Now

If there was ever a time to get back to nature, this is it. Travel may have become tricky in 2020, but road trips, remote accommodations and private, family friendly, covid-calm escapes make more sense than ever. The isolation makes them one of the safest travel options around, and their beautiful, wide-open spaces—and indoor creature comforts—make them a healing balm for the soul.

These nine spots from Glamping Hub are open this season, set up to withstand Portugal’s fairly mild but sometimes rainy winters, and a good alternative to being locked down under curfew in a city apartment.

Modern Dome Tents Near Lagoa de Santa André

Near the northern end of the scenic Alentejo Coast, near Santiago do Cacém, these new domed tents are set on top of a large wooden platform on a hillside. They have walls of windows that give them sweeping, panoramic views over the surrounding countryside. Each tent has a bedroom with a queen-size canopy bed and its own private bathroom. There’s a small kitchen and a dining table for two; breakfast can be delivered in the morning. The tents share access to a natural pool, a swimming pool, a restaurant and bar with Wi-Fi and, optionally, a Jacuzzi.

Lima Escape Tree Houses in the Peneda Gerés National Park

These elevated bungalows amid the trees in the north of Portugal were designed to have minimal effect on their environment. They give guests direct contact with nature and comfortable (climate-controlled) conditions inside and on the suspended glass balconies. They have kitchenettes, bathrooms with showers and wide glass facades that face the Lima River. There’s a small market and barbecue areas, as well as a bar and restaurant.

Villa Epicurea Tiny House Near Sesimbra

There’s a reason Lisboetas talk about their Sesimbra holidays in breathless tones. The town is just 45 minutes from the capital but a world away. It’s calm, quiet and peaceful, with some of Portugal’s most striking beaches. This tiny house has a bedroom with a queen-size bed and twin sofa beds in the bright and airy living area, making it suitable for a family of four. The private deck is furnished and has lovely ocean views. It has access to a main lodge with a large kitchen, deck and yoga dome.

Family-Friendly Safari Tents in Nazaré

Nazaré is home to Portugal’s famous winter-time surfing waves, and it’s an impressive place to watch the virtuosos of the sport. Even better is to stay on one of the luxury safari-style tents in this small park. Each one has a double bed, two single beds and bunk beds to accommodate a family of six. They have private kitchens and showers, Wi-Fi, heat and AC, as well as terraces for enjoying the sunset of the dawn of the day.

Glamping Pods in Santarém

About an hour north of Lisbon, this area is calm and quiet. Here, this small cluster of camping pods offers accommodation for families of up to four people. Each pod has a double bed and a sofa bed that sleeps two, as well as a simple bathroom and a fully equipped kitchen. There’s an adventure park nearby.

Hidden Cabin in the Natural Park of Arrabida

This romantic cabin is ideal for couples, but it can also accommodate a small family as there’s a sofa bed. The location in Arrabida puts it within easy reach of some of Portugal’s best hiking, or just some stunning coastline for those who prefer to stay put—and maybe enjoy the views from the hammock on the deck. The eco-friendly bathroom has a shower and a dry toilet, and there’s a small kitchen with basic equipment and utensils. Alternatively, the hosts can send up a full breakfast with fresh local cheese, bread and jams.

Cozy Farm Cabins Near the Douro River

Near Aveiro, these two cozy cabins each have one bedroom with a double bed and one bathroom, with extra places to sleep on the sofa bed. Outside, they share a swimming pool, barbecue facilities, a patio dining area and beautiful view of the surrounding mountains and countryside.

Cabins in Montesinho Natural Park

These new, contemporary and sustainable cabins are in the far north of Portugal, near Bragança. In Montesinho Natural Park, it’s set on a gentle slope overlooking meadows and oak groves. In each one, the bedroom’s plush double bed has soft bedding, and there’s a full bathroom. The interior is suffused with natural light and warmed by the winter sun. There’s a private terrace for warm afternoons and a fireplace for chilly evenings.

Tiny Houses on the Costa Vicentina

The rugged and wild Alentejo coast is one of the most beautiful regions in Portugal. These simple, contemporary tiny houses have all the creature comforts you might want, including sleeping spots for up to six people in two bedrooms, a bathroom with a shower, and living area with HD TV. There’s a well-equipped kitchenette and a furnished deck for alfresco dining. The houses share an outdoor swimming pool, and indoor pool with a wave machine, a high ropes course, cycling trails and tennis courts.

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