It is easy to get lost in the interlocking hills and valleys of the West Algarve, and feel a primeval longing to return to a more simple, natural and intuitive way of life, leaving behind the materialist trappings of city living once and for all, in exchange for better health and a rural environment to raise the kids.

The onset of mass commercialism hasn't yet fully reached beyond the towns and cities in these parts, with many of the locals still living off and working the land, even despite the inevitable emigration of youngsters who may have no other choice but to embrace the demands of the new, technologically inclined, computer generation.

Simultaneously, however, there is a growing community of expats who have eloped here to escape the overarching influence of the corporate and cybernetic spheres, preferring instead to pursue a traditional and sustainable lifestyle that is strongly connected to, reliant upon, and in ecological harmony with the native surroundings.

Fortunately for those sympathetic souls, the wildlife lovers, regular ramblers and sleepers under the stars among us, a handful of these individuals have gone a step further and, hence, eco-glamping is now an up and coming trend in growing demand throughout the region.

Under an hour's drive from Faro airport, not far outside Silves town, lies one of its most exclusive examples, at Eco-Lodge Brejeira, where you can 'glamp' in secluded privacy in a traditional Mongolian yurt, Dutch gypsy van or German fire van.

The circular yurt comes with its own private wooden veranda, wood burning stove, open roof (to admire the star-filled night sky from a luxurious double bed), accompanying round garden house with shade, and a small cooking area (extra mattresses and a baby bed are also available on request).

Then there is the charming gypsy van, which features a double bedroom with a picturesque mountain view, in addition to a living room, kitchen and outdoor sheltered relaxation area.

The fire van is another convenient option, depending on your requirements. It boasts a kitchen/sitting area that can be converted into a double bed, perfect as an extra bedroom (parked beside either the yurt or gypsy van) or as an independent on-site rental (between May and October).

Bathroom and toilet facilities are eco-friendly; but even the solar powered shower is privileged with a magnificent private view! A breakfast service and weekly three course meal can easily be arranged too.

From humble beginnings, spring forth great things, and it is thanks to the admirable efforts of two peace-loving, nature inspired, freedom seeking 'dreamers' that all of this has been made possible to the public: carpenter/DIY man Sander, and retired social anthropologist, turned vegetable grower/business manager Claire (parents of Ayla and Ravi and passionate dog owners to Moelie and Zola).

Get back to nature, experience the great outdoors, and bring the kids along, Eco-Lodge Brejeira offers a one of a kind glamping adventure, whether you are looking for a romantic break for two, or a rustic family holiday. Rates are very reasonable for short and long term bookings and detailed directions are provided on the website. If you want to get out and about by car, Eco-Lodge Brejeira also provides an excellent base from which to explore all of the attractions in the West Algarve, such as beaches and watersports, water parks, daytrips to Monchique ('The Garden of the Algarve'), treks and trails, shopping, restaurants and much much more.

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