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.