Real rural holiday
Meet & greet rural life in North Portugal
Looking for your rural holiday? Portugal is often referred to as authentic, going back in time. And it is, depending on where you go and who you’ll meet. As we ourselves love to learn more about ’the old ways’ , rural wisdom, traditions and habits, and are in the midst of such authentic villages and lifestyles, we invite you to do the same. Get to know this world, on your own or on one of our field trips, hikes, activities or even workshops. Even when you don’t speak a single word of Portuguese, it’s easy to make contact and even be invited to one’s home. Just show interest, be kind, and accept any invitation.
This area used to be big on live stock farming, with stone bordered pastures where numerous families labored the land to feed themselves and their live stock. Going back in history, it also was the land of the celtics, the romans and even the barbarians had a go at it. Nowadays, many medevial mountain villages have few inhabitants, still strong on extensive farming. Allthough the ox has been replaced by a tractor, time still seems to have stood still. Sheperds continue to accompany their small flocks of sheep, goats or cows on foot, and the ladies of age still do their hand wash at the communal washing place.