Certification DetailsDate: 04/12/2022Evaluator: Afonso TeixeiraView Bio

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Monte Velho Retreat Centre
Carrapateira, Aljezur, Portugal
A sharing space and holistic learning centre

Monte Velho is a family-run, self-sustaining retreat centre with a strong passion for reconnecting its visitors with nature.

Thanks to the rammed earth building construction with local materials, the heating and cooling of the Centre are very efficient. In fact, 65% of the Centre’s energy consumption comes from renewable sources with rooftop solar and solar water heating.

With rotating wellness professionals staying at the Centre, Monte Velho is dedicated to hosting retreats that promote healthy living and the education of sustainable lifestyles.

Two world-class surfing beaches are within 5 minutes by car on the southwest coast and many other options within 15 minutes on the south coast. Uniquely positioned near the southern tip of Europe, Monte Velho always has access to surf no matter the wind or swell direction.

The Centre’s wellness space includes a yoga/meditation room, massage, steam room, and sauna. Other activities include horseback tours, guided nature walks, surf lessons, and dolphin watching tours. In between adventures, take a walk through the property’s orchards or enjoy a view of the sunset on the Algarve coast.