Carbon off-set ideaMarch 14, 2009
We've become friendly with some real soul buddies at Alegre Travel, a soulful campsite in The Sao de Mamede Natural Park, Portugal. These guys are really in-tune with the SoulPad ethos and are keen to provide low impact camping solutions. Of course, it also helps that the location is just stunning too!
Facilities are provided so all of their guests are able to recycle materials on site, as one would expect. But perhaps more impressive is their commitment to help off-set the carbon impact of Holiday Makers travelling to their site. For each of their guest's cars brought to the campsite, Alegre Travel have chosen to plant a young indigenous tree (such as a cork oak, a chestnut or a strawberry tree). Alegre Travel recognise that whilst this will go some way towards off-setting the carbon impact of modern travel, it will also help to sustain the natural beauty of the immediate landscape for future generations to enjoy.
Alegre Travel adopt a careful and considered approach to the facilities they provide. As such, this site is a haven for those who wish to be in closer harmony with nature; who desire to scratch beneath the surface without harming their surroundings; who like to improvise and explore; who want to interact spontaneously with their environment; and who are adventurous of spirit. The location is a virtually unknown and relatively unspoilt part of 'Secret Portugal' where "Time is Time"
Alegre Travel say (of their plans for 2009):
"We are excited to be able to provide an alternative to hauling your own tent and equipment. Guests are invited to stay in beautiful, spacious and comfortable SoulPad 5000-lites. One is positioned in its very own attractive meadow by a mountain stream so guests can see the amazing colours of dragonflies hovering over the sparkling water. Another is set within an olive grove where it is inevitable that guests will view bright butterflies alighting on the silvery leaves. Each of the SoulPads are fully kitted out with a wooden Futon bed, stylish 'Rustic Chic' furnishings and Solar lighting." This is comfy camping at its best!
A delicious Continental breakfast served 'al fresco' on a wooden table and chairs is included in the price for guests staying in the SoulPads. Alegre Travel are also amongst our lovely affiliates ...where SoulPad customers can expect a little more when booking their stay. Click here for details.
To find out more or to contact Alegre Travel direct we suggest a visit to their website.