Reconnecting with nature through Aterra Glamping

Offering a unique and wholesome glamping experience aiming to reconnect guests to nature and themselves, Atera Glamping Aterra Glamping is an ecological campsite located on the southwest coast of Alentejo in Portugal.

Founded in 2012 by Francisco and Claudia de Brion, guests often comment on the immense beauty of the location and the warm and welcoming hospitality.

“Aterra offers guests a unique combination of comfort and contact with nature,” Francisco told SCRUM.

“They get to have an ecological experience surrounded by animals and nature whilst relaxing in very comfortable and beautiful surroundings.”

Aterra is secluded, yet close to the local town and beaches, while it possesses an exotic feel, combining aspects from Asia and other destinations around the world that the couple have travelled to and been influenced by.

Aterra Eco Camping is especially popular with families and offers everything that guests can expect of a successful glamping site. Francisco and Claudia seek to provide guests with a taste of the freedom, peace and tranquillity that they enjoy themselves. And, to achieve this goal they have approached it with a holistic, healthy philosophy.

“Aterra is a chance to reconnect with nature and has been carefully designed to reflect our experiences,” Francisco said. “Having lived abroad and travelled widely, Aterra reflects the influences and inspirations that we have had from different cultures and styles.”

The resort has a hybrid element that combines Portuguese and regional specialties with other parts of the world. Such as the strong and immediately recognisable Indian connection and affection.

The Aterra Environment

Accommodation at Aterra includes romantic Rajasthani tents, stunning yurts and stylish tipis. Each one of these abodes offers a unique experience for the guest which colours the visit in a deeply personal fashion. Considering that, when many of us wake most mornings in drab rooms with right angled walls and flat expressionless ceilings, it sets the entire day on a fresh tone to wake up somewhere unexpected, airy and beautiful.

“It’s a happy surprise first thing in the morning that gets the mind excited for what other unexpected but beautiful things are to come,” Francisco explains, “For some of our guests who have come to us for breaks from their busy professional lifestyles, this is enough to change their entire outlook.”

Then of course there are the views. The camp is near Sao Teotonio near the Vicentina Coastline, an area of outstanding natural beauty that offers stretches of beautiful beaches.

Days can be enjoyed participating in one of the many activities on offer, such as horse riding, cycling, yoga and kayaking.

As Aterra is surrounded by gardens, fruit trees and a mixed forest, the only sounds that guests hear come from the trees or the animals from the free range farm. They have a range including ducks, chickens, peacocks and geese, horses, donkeys, and of course resident dogs and cats.

So, upon returning from a day’s activities, guests are able to relax and not be disturbed by sounds of traffic, noisy neighbours or loud music.

And the Attera approach has been noticed – they were awarded the coveted Green Award by Trip Advisor and were ranked in the top 20 best sites for Glamping by The Times recently.

For Francisco and Claudia, the real reward is for guests to leave feeling refreshed and renewed and wanting to return.

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