Nowadays, when we travel, we seek for authentic experiences: the ones that make us grow, that capture something new about us, unfold new perspectives and develop a new daily routine. Tipi Valley, eco-friendly camp, nestled in the valleys of Algarve, at only two hour drive from Faro, is one of those enchanted places where your holidays become a journey about connecting with yourself, with others and with the magnificent nature.
Surrounded by native cork oak trees and organic vegetable gardens, overlooking the ocean, Tipi Valley is a tented, eco-friendly retreat, launched 10 years ago. It lays in a secluded natural valley and offers an all-inclusive 5 or 7-day surf and yoga “glamping” experience, in one of the rustic but charming and beautifully decorated tipi and safari tents. With no WIFI and electricity on the site, guests are invited to embrace the “simple living” philosophy.
“Our vision is shaped around a balanced and more basic lifestyle in the countryside while minimizing the impact on the natural environment and its habitants without compromising comfort…”
told us Laurie, the owner of the space, an experienced Australian surfer and globetrotter. The eco village has facilities to accommodate up to 15 guests to create a community feeling. At the end of your stay, you will say goodbye with a heavy heart to the ones that have become your friends. Priceless life moments!
The most pleasant surprise about Tipi Valley is its amazing food, inspired by traditional Portuguese recipes with original twist. They serve a predominantly lacto-ovo vegetarian menu, sourced from their organic gardens or from local farmers so your taste buds will say a big “thank you” every day. With meals served on a beautiful wooden table in the middle of the camp, dinner time becomes the perfect moment to enjoy the quietness of the place and the most fascinating shinny stars.
YOGA, SURF & WELLNESS
Tipi Valley is all about body and soul. Your day will start and end with yoga classes with lovely teacher, Lauren. From yoga flow, to yin yoga and chocolate meditation (yes, you heard well!), you are in for a delightful ride. Ready to catch the waves? Roger, your surf hands-on instructor is there with one clear (but ambitious!) mission: get everyone on their feet on the surf board. “Step one, step two, step three…”, you will often hear his voice while braving the waves. Water, wind, gravity, balance – all comes together, to create those suspended moments of pure adrenalin.
Not a surf person? The program can be complemented by outdoor activities like hiking , horse back riding or pure relaxation sessions. Try the Lomi Lomi Hawaiian inspired massage, offered by Lauren (probably one of the best we’ve ever had) !
If you have a couple of days more, after of before enjoying the retreat, drive around the region to take advantage of amazing ocean views. Start your journey with good coffee at Praia de Odeceixe, one of the beaches where your surf classes take place. Continue to Praia Monte Clerico and Praia da Arrifana, both wild and secluded, with spectacular surf scenes. Drive west up to enjoy Praia da Carrapateira and its red canyon style rocks, reminding the Australian deserts and finally, head towards Praia de Tonel at the Western point of Portugal and Europe, near Sagres. Gorgeous, untouched, unforgettable!