We have just returned from a 2 week holiday in Portugal and are feeling fully refreshed. Instead of going for an all inclusive, luxury resort (although I was tempted in my pregnant state!) we went back to nature and opted for a yurt in Covas, Northern Portugal. In lots of ways there is something empowering and very calming about living the simple life.
Savanna (now 16 months) thoroughly enjoyed developing her walking on the extensive field around our yurt, she had a love affair with the owner’s dog, collected and explored leaves, twigs and acorns and generally enjoyed being outside. At night we cooked in our little kitchen area and ate outside. Savanna learnt the words stars and moon – pointing to them in the sky.
We had several trips to the coast and walks on the beach which were practically empty as it was out of season. There was also a volcanic mountain range (Serra De Arga) 20 minutes from where we were staying which we visited twice. Savanna loved the wild horses and cows, we loved the peaceful location and beautiful views. Good job we took the baby back pack with us! We also had a couple of days locally around the yurt, walking by the river and chilling on the grass.
As we had chosen to fly out of Lisbon, 4 hours drive south we spent the last 3 nights in a hotel in Sintra, a UNESCO world herritage area that Dave had read about before we set off. Admittedly it was nice to escape the flys and not have to go outside at night to the toilet, the down sides of yurt life! We visited Pena Palace, the coast and enjoyed the fabulous views from our balcony in one of the best hotels in Portugal.
Altogether a great holiday and we all feel fully refreshed. It gives me a nice feeling to know that Savanna has had so many new sensory experiences, creating memories for Dave and I to treasure always.
Written by Lindsey Holcroft