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Considered by TAP the second best place to camp in Europe. The two yurts, Apple Tree and Chestnut Tree, are vintage with an exotic twist and the site runs on solar energy.

Portugal is a great family holiday destination: easy to reach and promising National Geographic the classic combination of sun, sea and sand. Once you’ve stepped outside the main tourist haunts, you’ll find mountain retreats, national parks and plenty of quirky and eco-friendly, family-run bolt holes.

These two yurts, at a family-run, rural retreat between Porto and Lisbon, each sleep two, with a private bathroom plus add-on yurt pods or bell tents for the kids. By day, ramble inthe mountains, relax in hammocks or go wild swimming; at night, play cards by moonlight.

Cosy up in a posh Mongolian-style yurt (right), nestled in the Unique Honeymoons mountains of central Portugal. Relax in a hammock, sip cocktails and eat home cooked dinners. Or borrow bikes, to pedal to nearby rivers for romantic wild swims. The ancient university town of Coimbra is an hour's drive away.

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Peace and tranquility - A Glamping Resort with Individual Style

If you like to camp in boho style, you’ll love these chic yurts near Arganil in central Portugal. Chestnut Tree and Apple Tree yurts have big, comfortable brass beds, stylish furniture, solar-powered electricity and private bathrooms. There is also a pretty bell tent where children and friends can sleep. The yurts are set in a glorious rural location, and are near a river in which you can swim. Continental breakfasts are provided by the owners who live nearby.

If the idea of camping conjures up nights in damp sleeping bags and cramped tents, you obviously haven't camped in Europe recently. A new trend for luxurious yurts has swept across the continent, meaning a night under canvas can actually be a romantic experience. One family company in Portugal offers a budget-friendly yurt experience. By day you can explore the mountains, returning to your 65-euro a night yurt for a quiet night in the wilderness. You can wake up to scenery including olives, vines and fruit trees - yet still enjoy hot running water in a private bathroom powered by solar energy, and even a wrought-iron double bed for a comfortable night's sleep. A continental breakfast is included in the price, and packed lunches and home-cooked evening meals can be supplied from the farmhouse. When you tire of walking in the mountains, you can enjoy the natural river beaches nearby, or hire a car to explore the surrounding villages and historic Coimbra. A week's stay in a yurt, including breakfast, costs £400, with packed lunches and dinner available for an extra cost.

"Yurt Holiday Portugal"– das ist der betörende Duft von Jasmin, Orangenblüten und Eukalyptus, fröhliches Vogelgezwitscher, leises Flussrauschen und Wind, der durch Obst- und Olivenbäume streift. In diesen Jurten im Zentralgebirge finden gestresste Großstädter das perfekte Idyll. Die großen Zelte sind mit Messingbetten, marokkanischen Teppichen und romantischem Retro-Inventar eingerichtet. Bio-Frühstück gibt es unter der großen Korkeiche. Und die Honeymoon-Pakete mit Dinner unterm Sternenhimmel sowie netten Extras wie Sekt, Rosenblätter oder Duftkerzen sind der Hit für Verliebte.

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In the mountains of central Portugal about an hour's drive from Coimbra, this yurt (with hot shower, sink and eco loo) is surrounded by fruit trees, vines and olives and water comes from a nearby spring.

Portugal Camp with a clear conscience in the hills of central Portugal, surrounded by the scent of jasmine, eucalyptus and orange blossom. The turquoise eco-yurts have a brass-knobbed bed and retro furnishings, while the owners’ organic allotment provides vines, figs and basil. Their chickens will lay your morning eggs, and you’ll wake up to find your breakfast in a hamper at your yurt’s front door before you skip off for a solar-powered hot shower.

Se acampar é demasiado duro, façamos "glamping". Pegue-se em "glamorous" junte-se-lhe "camping" e temos "glamping". Acampar com "glamour" pode ser a aproximação, nada imediata, convenhamos. Ficamos com "glamping", portanto, a nova moda entre campistas. "Glamping" é "acampar em estilo e conforto, sem as maçadas do campismo", explica por e-mail Hannah McDonnell, sempre com a sensação de regresso á natureza." Foi no ano passado que o "glamping" começou a dar que falar no Reino Unido e nos EUA, um regresso ao luxo e ambiente das viagens e safaris por África e Ásia de ourros séculos, mas também um regresso á natureza. Os parques oferecem "yurts", tipis e tendas pré montadas, que combinam o conforto dos melhores hotéis com uma pegada ecológica sã, que passa por utilização de energia solar e reciclagem, por exemplo. Afinal, no "glamping", por detrás do luxo visível, está sempre a natureza e "amigo do ambiente" é carimbo transversal a todos os projectos também o é no Yurt Holiday Portugal (, propriedade de Hannah e do marido. Derek, e um dos poucos locais de "glamping" no pais. "O objectivo é ajudar as pessoas a perceberem que não é necessário sacrificar o conforto para ter umas férias de baixo impacto", diz Hannah. Há quem lhes chame hotéis de campismo. O Yurt Holiday Portugal (entre Góis e Arganil) que o "The Times" considerou o segundo melhor espaço de campismo da Europa, não chega a isso, até porque so tem um "yurt" (tendas redondas da Mongolia). E impossível não pensar nos hotéis boutique, dada a atenção ao detalhe: o "yurt", assente sobre uma plataforma de madeira, tem uma cama casal (ha outras de reserva), tapetes, "chaise-longue" e outras pecas que lhe dão um toque exótico, quase oriental: os anfitriões providenciam pequeno-almoço, com produtos locais, a sombra de um castanheiro (ha carvalhos, oliveiras, sobreiros..), e roteiros da vizinhança: a casa de banho privada e fora do "yurt" e ecológica. O preço 65 euros por noite, duas pessoas com pequeno almoço. E verdade que os visitantes são na maioria ingleses (e alemães), mais casais do que famílias, mas esta e uma aposta ainda incipiente na quinta do casal londrino. La fora, o "glamping" já e uma opção credível - num segmento claramente de luxo. Veja-se o Camp Kerala, que só abre para o Festival de Glastonbury: os "festivaleiros" chegam de Ferrari ou Bentley e pagam cerca de oito mill euros (casal) por três dias de alojamento.

Yurt Alert, April-September (Central Portugal)

Isn't it about time you indulged in some pure serenity in the mountainous, remote countryside of Central Portugal? In the grounds of an organic smallholding, surrounded by vines and olive groves, lies a Mongolian Yurt, nestling under a chestnut tree like an exotic jewel. If you're looking for somewhere sublimely rural, with trickling brook and birdsong, this is it. But you don't have to rough it: inside are wooden floors, Moroccan rugs, a chaise longue and a big brass bed. This as comfortable as sleeping under the stars gets. From here you can stride off into the hills to find remote villages and idyllic rivers, where the only other swimmers are fish.

Originally the preserve of Mongolian nomads, these colourful tents are now popular with tourists. And with good reason, if Yurt Holiday Portugal is anything to go by. Set on an organic smallholding in the mountains of central Portugal about an hour from Coimbra, it sleeps two and is surrounded by olives, vines and fruit trees. There is an outside bathroom, with a solar-powered shower and eco toilet.

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Up in Portugal’s highest mountain range, this isolated yurt retreat has effortless, eco-conscious style. The two opulent yurts are colourfully furnished with everything you need, including vintage brass-knobbed beds and bronze lamps, while outside vines, olives and figs bolster the organic garden. Daily breakfasts with a view are included.

Conceived by a pair of London ex-pats, this isolated glampsite in the Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain range in Portugal, is a luxury eco-conscious escape. A zig-zag of steps tumble down the hillside to two yurts and a bell tent, in the flatter valley bottom. Opulent and decadent, they’re colourfully furnished with everything you need, including vintage touches like brass-knobbed beds and bronze lamps.