Permaculturing in Portugal

One family's attempts to live in a more planet-friendly way


The quinta is OPEN for visitors.

I get a lot of requests for fact-finding visits, particularly from people setting out on a similar path, and many people have visited here over the last few years.

A tour of the quinta takes around two hours. I’ll show you everything done so far, briefly explaining –

  • the various infrastructure systems
    • solar and hydro power
    • water supply
    • grey water processing
    • composting toilets
    • solar and wood water heating
    • wood-fired and solar cooking
  • the growing areas
    • the developing food and fuel forest
    • water retention strategies
    • soil repair and fertility building
    • the geodesic dome greenhouse and aquaponics system (badly damaged in the fires so not presently functional)
  • the building works to date

and how everything works – or will eventually work – all together.

In the wake of the October 2017 fires, you’ll also get to see first hand what these fires can do, learn from the mistakes which contributed to some of the quinta’s losses, and get to understand some of the contributing factors to fires of such destructive ferocity.

Tour of the quinta

I’m happy to share some of what I’ve learned along the way with you, including the mistakes I made and things I wouldn’t do the same way again. If there’s anything in particular you’re interested in from reading the projects, the blog, or keeping up with us on Facebook, then let me know and I can go into more detail.

Visits are by appointment only, so please email first.

Understand it may not always be possible to make time for you if we have a course running or a lot of work on, but I’ll do what I can to fit you in during the time you’re in the area.

Please note visits are not available at weekends.

With the increasing number of visit requests and amount of time I spend showing people around, it’s now no longer feasible for me to do this for nothing. It’s taking too much time away from my working days. So I ask for a minimum donation of 20€ for one adult, 30€ for a couple and a further 5€ for every additional person. Children under 12 are free unless you’re bringing a large number of them. (Email me with details if that’s the case.)

This donation goes towards the project for my time and knowledge. It’s payable in advance. As soon as you make your donation, I’ll confirm your booking and send you directions to the quinta. Tell me where you’re coming from and if you’re using GPS – I can then make the directions more specific and include GPS coordinates if required.

You can either donate directly through PayPal or “offline”. If you chose the “offline” option, I will email you with details for direct payment.


If you have to cancel for any reason, this will be refunded in full up to 24 hours before your visit. Less than 24 hours and I reserve the right to keep the donation if I’ve gone out of my way to reorganise my day around you. If I haven’t, you can either get it back or reschedule your visit.

Generally the quinta is open for visits all year but there may be times when it’s closed for a while, especially over the winter. If it’s closed, then it will say so at the top of this page. I’m sorry if your visit to this area coincides with one of those periods, but if it says closed, then it’s closed!

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