Portugal’s eco-conscious movers and shakers
The mainland locations doing their bit for the planet
Quinta do Lago
This leisure and lifestyle resort set in 2,000 acres of Ria Formosa Natural Park is aiming high with its sustainability and eco-conscious goals. Its ‘farm to fork’ initiative sees homegrown immunity-boosting juices delivered to residents’ doors from its on-site farm, and its world-class golf course has been redesigned to ensure minimal impact on the surrounding area. A new irrigation system, nature trails and a fleet of electric golf buggies solidify its commitment to lessening its environmental footprint, meaning when you tee off on the green, you can do so with a clear conscience.
The family-run hideaway on the far western edge of the Algarve is a holistic haven that holds sustainability at its heart. The self-sustaining retreat centre aims to reconnect its visitors with the tranquil countryside surrounding it and generates much of its energy through solar and wind power. The plant-based food is fresh, unprocessed and locally sourced and there are various ‘temples’ for mindful escapes during your stay – which, incidentally, contributes to the centre’s reforestation plans (30 hectares of trees and 180 fruit trees, to date), so a visit here positively impacts on the maintenance of the local land.