I remember the day we found this place very well. We saw an ad on the back of a van and chased it. We immediately knew this was the place where we’d build our house.
Although there was nothing here but ruins, the property filled all the criteria to make the rural tourism project of our dreams. The location, the landscape, and the two hectares we had to explore carried our dream higher.
It’s been 17 years since the first visit and today, more than a dream, Pé no Monte is our reality, our project for life. This is where we live, where our children grow freely, and where we welcome other families and other people who want to discover this place.
We have everything we need to be happy here. We’re surrounded by unique scenery, close to the ocean, and this quietness you feel is priceless.
In 2001, we decided to change our lives and embrace Alentejo as our home and our future. We set foot (“pé”) in this Alentejo “monte” that, in a way, represents the whole region. We want to leave a positive footprint and build an inspiring path that values this place.
We invite you to set foot here more often and, if possible, in our company.
When we were kids, we started to travel through Costa Vicentina in my “loaf van”. I always loved these vans that represent the spirit of this place. We’ve owned many, and the last one was fully restored and is now the Honesty Bar here at the “monte”, by the pool. People take what they want and write it down in the book. It’s a symbol of our History that’s shared by everyone today.
Our story and mission
We’ve been coming to Costa Alentejana on holidays since we’ve met. On weekends and holiday, we escaped from Lisbon and took small trips to explore the region. We fell in love with Alentejo as we discovered it and the dream of living here grew at every return.
We were just kids (I had my first job, and Helena was finishing University) but our biggest mission became finding a place around here to build our future. We travelled, did a lot of research, and it didn’t take long until we found this place. The year was 2001.
We opened the doors of the “monte” so that other families could also live our dream and enjoy such a beautiful place.
In the following years, we put the project on hold to save money and plan our lives. For a while, we lived and worked abroad. We were in Madrid and Geneva, and when we returned to Portugal, we had the courage to move forward with the project finally.
We’re a family of five, and we tried to build this project to our liking, but we didn’t close it from the world. We’re not from here, we chose to live here, and that brings us even more responsibility to protect and care for this place, that we borrowed. We feel we’re guardians for the connection we have to Alentejo and for the importance the region had in our life history. We want to leave a positive footprint here, and that reflects in what we offer and our concept.
Set foot (“pé”) in the “monte”
Alentejo is fascinating in itself, but the we have always loved the coast. This landscape, the countryside, the ocean -- here we have the best of both worlds. The beaches are the best in the country. In addition to being the most beautiful, they’re not as cold as the ones in the North, and not as overcrowded with mass tourism like the ones in the Algarve. In the Summer we still manage to have them all to ourselves.
We usually go to the Carvalhal beach, it’s picturesque, and it’s easy to reach if you have children. Sometimes we also like to visit more secluded beaches that we discovered throughout the years, like Praia dos Alteirinhos and Praia da Nossa Senhora, North of Zambujeira.
Praia da Amália is like a hidden paradise. To get to this beach, you must walk amongst the bushes for ten minutes, but once you reach there, you’ll be in awe.
With so many beaches to explore, you’ll have countless opportunities for water sports and activities. From surfing to canoeing, there are plenty of reasons to get into the water. Nearby, Odeceixe is the place with better offers and better conditions for water sports. There’s the sea and the waves, but there’s also the river, which is calmer.
In addition to the beaches, being part of a natural park is both an asset and a privilege. We feel protected by Nature, and it will always have the last say. Everything we build here and everything we source is done with care and respect. In reality, Nature turns out to be our biggest Guardian and inspiration.
We’ve begun to brew our own beer at Pé no Monte. We named it “Calkula” because that’s the nickname for people of São Teotónio. According to an ancient story, this name was given by the rival people of Odemira. They say that at the time the land was being divided between regions, the people of São Teotónio calculated the size of the area to the smallest detail. And that’s what they were known for after that.