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O Homem Verde offers a soul-refreshing glamping experience for everybody to enjoy, set within the lush forests of the central Portuguese mountains.

Whether you're part of a family, a couple or a small group in need of some precious relaxation time out of life, you're guaranteed the warmest of welcomes at O Homem Verde - known in English as ‘The Green Man'.

Owned by a friendly couple who are passionate about the benefits of living amongst nature, O Homem Verde was lovingly created as a refreshing alternative to bland hotel rooms. The simple aim is to provide a comfortable and calming experience for absolutely everybody to appreciate and enjoy, and that's exactly what you'll find here when you arrive.

Discover O Homem Verde situated high in central Portugal's Serra do Espinhal mountain range, full of captivating forest beauty yet just 7km from the nearest village.  Your scene is immediately set for plenty of fresh adventure, with the site's soothing ‘off the beaten track' setting teeming with wildlife, and featuring some beautiful river beaches and waterfalls in the surrounding hills.

Choose your dwelling from two captivating yurts, an authentic Moorish tent and an attic room that's ripe for creative inspiration, all with downy bedding and soft towels included, and shared eco-friendly facilities that allow your reconnection with nature to continue (think "loos with a view", and covered safari-style showers that allow you to gaze over the forest in perfect privacy!)

Watch the stars appearing in the night sky from the comfort of your chosen yurt, both decorated in ‘woodland chic' style and featuring toasty heating alongside cosy beds, cooking facilities, rustic furniture and a south-facing deck. Eastern Yurt sleeps up to six, while the slightly smaller Green Man Yurt is suitable for up to four people.

The Moorish tent is ideal for those long, lazy summer days! Cosily sleeping up to four and built on its own terrace, you'll find plenty of bedding, soft solar lighting and comfy cushions and rugs to inspire a more natural camping experience.

Meanwhile, the ensuite Attic Room is ideal for would-be writers, artists and daydreamers alike! Complete with a picture window that allows breathtaking views across the valley, the room is flooded with natural daylight and includes a comfy double bed, a sofa bed, and a woodburning stove for winter stays.

All that's left to do now is relax in the company of the local wildlife, your favourite people and a good book while the kids make the most of all that open, natural space. Or if you prefer, why not get out and explore the local area? The nearby village of Espinhal hosts some very quaint old style shops, along with cafes and churches, and there are weekly markets in the nearby towns.

There are also plenty of opportunities for adventure, whether cultural or active!  Explore hiking and cycling trails to discover old villages (and even older ways of life), indulge in rock climbing, kayaking and caving, or make a splash in the natural swimming pool of Louçainha - where you'll also find a library, café and restaurant in the summer months.

Slightly further afield, those still hankering after a city buzz can indulge in a trip to the historic city of Coimbra, complete with cobbled streets and stunning architecture.

If you're celebrating something special (well, life is special!), head for one of the many scenic restaurants nearby to indulge in a feast for the eyes along with good food and wine. For an extra-special treat, you can even arrange a holistic therapy or massage treatment from the comfort of your accommodation.

However you choose to spend your time, let The Green Man steal your heart - because this is one fresh holiday romance you'll want to remember for a long time to come!

Things to note

For yurts, during high season, a minimum of 4 nights stay is required. During low season, a minimum of 2 nights stay is required. No minimum stay for the Attic Room. Two travel cots are available free of charge.  Continental breakfast is available to book onsite for €5 per person. Long stay discounts are possible - enquire for details.

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The basics

Region: Penela, Central Portugal
Cost (from): £40 per night
Sleeps: Varies
Bedrooms: Varies
Bathrooms: Varies
Minimum stay: 2 nights
Property ref: 714

Facilities

Yurts sleep 4-6, double bed, sofa bed, bedding & towels provided, table & chairs, clothes storage space, fridge, wood stove or radiator, electricity, lighting, outdoor deck, outdoor table & chairs, kitchen utensils, pots & pans, crockery, condiments, 2 ring gas stove, hammock.

Moorish Tent sleeps up to 4, queen size bed, low tables, cushions, rugs, solar lighting, kitchen area, 2 ring gas burner, pots & pans, cutlery, cool box.

Attic Room sleeps 4-6, double bed, sofa bed, en-suite shower bathroom, wood stove, handmade furniture, WiFi, communal outdoor veranda, BBQ, children's play area.

Local activities

Cycling, hiking, castles, canoeing, canyoning, Sky Garden, botanical gardens, high rope climbing, rock climbing.

At a glance

  • A calming and refreshing glamping experience in the central Portuguese mountain forest, situated in Beira Litoral, 7km from the village of Espinhal. Ideal for families, couples and groups looking to relax and reconnect amongst nature, with free WiFi on site.
  • The site is an approximate 2-hour drive from Porto and Lisbon airports.
  • Choose accommodation from two furnished yurts with electricity and kitchen area (and heating for winter stays), an authentic Moorish tent, and an ensuite Attic Room, each sleeping between 4-6 people.
  • Each yurt includes a private compost toilet. Showering/washing facilities are shared between the yurts and tent, and are within easy access. Bring a torch, your camera and all-weather clothing/footwear.
  • Bedding, towels and basic cooking equipment/facilities are provided, along with picnic tables for each yurt/tent and plenty of space to run around in!
  • There is ample opportunity for shopping, dining and adventuring in the local area, with the nearest village 7km away. Holistic therapy and massage treatments can be arranged in your accommodation, and must be booked in advance.
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