Name of establishment
Aldeia de Pedralva, near Sagres
Style and ambience
A remarkable eco-tourism project. Pedralva was once a small but thriving traditional Portuguese village, but by 2006 there were only 9 inhabitants left - and now there are 27 fully restored houses which you can stay in. The transformation is remarkable and the houses nestle alongside a handful of privately owned houses - and also sit comfortably beside the locals who still live there and the farms that surround the village.
The houses are all different but have all been beautifully restored in a traditional and sympathetic way, with mis-matched furniture which just seems ‘right.’
There are 1, 2 and 3 bedroom options.
We stayed in the house called Barranco. The bathroom was fabulous, with a large walk-in cave for a shower, and there was steaming hot water and big fluffy towels.
Our bedroom was tucked up in the eaves and was enormous. Lovely crisp bedding and quaint furniture and furnishings - I can’t remember the last time I saw a proper old Singer sewing machine.
The kitchen area was very well equipped with a small oven, electric hob, microwave, utensils, cutlery and crockery, an Espresso machine, tea towel and cloths (bring some washing up liquid with you) - but no kettle.
Breakfast is served in the main building, and self-catering options include a BBQ area and pizza/bread oven with shared seating.
There’s also small onsite restaurant called Sitio da Pedralva, and the well-known Pizza Pazza is also located in the village. Otherwise, it’s a short drive into Sagres or Vila do Bispo, or along the coast to numerous beach bars and restaurants.
Games room with pool table
Communal area which can be booked for meetings, workshops, etc.
The one big difference here - no TV and no internet. And very little mobile phone reception (although there’s free wi-fi in the reception area if you are desperate).
You can also book a range of local activities, including guided walks, cycling, surfing, horse riding, etc.
Why do you like it?
Somehow the air seems to feel fresher, the sky just a little brighter and the view just a little more beautiful as you approach the village, which nestles into the surrounding fields so perfectly.
The aim of the resort is simple - to give guests an authentic experience of ‘living in the past’, of living in a ‘real’ village, with space and peace. Perfect for couples and families to take time away together, and for people tired from the frantic pace of modern life - a space to step aside, refresh and revive, and recharge your batteries.
The story is a remarkable one - a high flying executive from Lisbon who falls in love with a run-down and dilapidated village, promptly sells up everything he owns, takes early retirement, buys virtually the entire village, and moves to live there with his family. That was in 2006 - and you should see it now!
The before and after pictures in the reception area tell the story so well – and there are still some ruined properties in the village waiting to be developed, which give you a sense of the scale of the project António Ferreira undertook when he decided to renovate and restore this beautiful little village.
On the Vila do Bispo-Aljezur road (N268)). Heading north from Vila do Bispo look out for the turning to the right, marked Pedralva, after about 8 km.
From around €70-€137 per room per night depending on room and season.
Dave and Alyson Sheldrake. Photos courtesy of www.davesheldrakephotography.com