(S) L O W S E A S O N

IMG_3074

If you are visiting Alentejo, you are a lucky person, but if you are visiting it in spring or late summer you are even luckier, it’s feels so much more special…you have this incredible extension of wild paradise just for yourself, that’s quite a treat isn’t?

Traveling became so easy that wherever you go, most likely you will find yourself among a lot of your fellow travelers, sometimes way too many fellow travelers …visiting in (s)low season assures you a bit more privacy.

And there’s a ton of things that are better to enjoy in spring than in the peak of the summer, here’s a couple, that I’ve tried myself and loved it:

H I K I N G

One of my favorite activities, the “Rota Vicentina” paths are very well marked and incredibly beautiful. No need to book, it’s free, you just start whenever you wish and try to make it home before dark. It’s a great way to enjoy the outdoors, feel active and get to know the particular landscape of this region. I quite often do the inland walk because it starts right at our door, but I also did a couple of times the fisherman’s trail that goes by the cliffs overlooking the ocean. Both of them are incredible and operate wonders to your mind, since walking can be quite a meditation exercise, especially in this landscape.

IMG_6178IMG_6148IMG_6168IMG_6174

H O R S E  R I D I N G

There is two horse riding farms nearby, Monte da Avó (http://www.portugal-horse-riding.com) and Herdade da Ilha do Pessegueiro (http://www.herdadedopessegueiro.pt).

I’m not experienced (I’ve rode maybe two times in my whole life) but I did the two hour tour at Monte da Avó, and we rode among  plains, a lake, forests…I totally felt like an adventurer in a movie and not like a clumsy tourist, I will never forget the experience and how my but was sore the day after.

Captura de ecrã 2018-03-11, às 12.43.09(Meike riding Yse)

S U R F I N G

If you already surf needless to mention the appeal of an empty line up.

In case you don’t surf yet and want to learn, doing it on a wild empty beach, with your instructor devoted just to you or to a small group of friends, will make your experience a lot more special.

dsc00399

B E A C H  P I C N I C

Eating a sandwich while looking at the ocean is very nice, but why not step up the game one level higher and make it count. You can order a picnic basket for two persons from us (starting on 15€), and we will prepare everything you need. Or just prepare it yourself and we will advise you on the best locations for it, and even lend you a picnic blanket for your comfort.

IMG_3629 (800x533)

 

R E S T A U R A N T S

Of course you can go to restaurants any time of the year, but it feels good not to wonder if you are gonna have to wait for a table or not. Check our favorite selection of places to eat or have a drink.

imgp4373

Y O G A

You have Asthanga Yoga classes running daily from May to October in a location nearby, but you can always borrow one of our yoga mats  and do your own practice in the wood deck, patio or garden house(when available). DON’T BE SHY!

IMG_8029

M A S S A G E  T H E R A P H Y

Yes you can do this anytime, but you are more likely to get Peter’s magic hands available in low season!

____________________________________________________________________________________________

I don’t think listing activities will give you a taste of how exclusive it feels to discover Alentejo in low season, this is something you will have to experience yourself.

T H E S U R F … A G A I N

I wanted to give you a heads up informing of two last minute cancelations in our Spring Surf Retreat (10th – 16th of April)… but then I got lost among last year’s retreat photo folder, and felt those moments deserved something a bit more meaningful.

It would seem very unelegant to praise ourselves, and no matter how much we try to keep every single detail perfect, I can’t say that “the house” is what makes it special.

Maybe it’s Lucky, our dog, social host and spiritual guide, we don’t know.

What we can assure you is that we have an intention… the intention to offer you an authentic and meaningful experience… and from here we draft the rest of the experience adapting ourselves to the flow of the nature…so maybe is the sense of communion with the ocean, maybe the food, or just the fact that we all gather here leaving our daily worries behind.

Or maybe because surfing your brains out does wonders to the soul…Whatever magic is thrown in the mixer, it works.

photos by Lisa Maduro, Fabien and @cabecadacabraguesthouse

Y O U R H O S T

Some years ago, in what seemed some kind of temporary delirium, maybe due to the extreme pressure of her career and life in the city, Maria bought an abandoned school building.

The first time she actually set eyes on the school, was 2 weeks after she bought it. The country was in an economic caos, and everyone said it was madness, but it was to late to go back anyway so she could only go forward. She polished, fixed, refurbished until the building was sparkling with love.

She end up quitting her job, and kept on pouring love in to the house, and slowly discovered that… the house, the country side, the ocean were giving it all back. She discovered that what she had bought, couldn’t be measured in square meters, because what came along with it was much more valuable. It meant love, friendship and freedom.

_96A9902

Obviously deep changes occurred afterwards in her life, but the most important ones are invisible to the eye. Time roles by in a different way in Alentejo, things are not instantaneous, wisdom comes from nature and old people, and you bend your head to the forces of nature. Definitions of luxury change with the growth of your soul…every day one step further.

(photos by Christian  Hansens Sorensen)

 She couldn’t have done it all alone. Duarte is her silent love, the balance of opposites, the anchor on her wild dream of freedom and the main responsible for the sober beauty you can find in the house. The dogs and cats that share the house are her partners in social hosting and get her trough the lonely winter days.

SUNSHINE WEEKENDS

Entre Dezembro e Março, nós na Cabeça da Cabra vamos estar atentos à meteorologia e aproveitar cada minutinho de sol para descobrir as cores do Alentejo nesta estação. Depois de um pequeno-almoço feito para se difrutar sem pressas, vamos convidar os nossos hóspedes a descobrir um dos trilhos da Rota Vicentina.

Para Sábado, o trilho dos pescadores entre a Ilha do Pessegueiro e Vila Nova de Mil Fontes. Este trilho tem uma duração de quatro horas e desenvolve-se ao longo da costa, descobrindo praias secretas, falésias imponentes e toda a grandiosidade do Oceano Atlântico.

No Domingo o caminho histórico, entre a Cabeça da Cabra e a vila do Cercal, um caminho com a duração aproximada de três horas e que surpreende pela diversidade de paisagens que atravessa.

Neste programa especial, a estadia de duas noites vai incluir para além do habitual pequeno-almoço, um lanche caseiro para desfrutar numa pausa de descanso durante a caminhada e o transporte de volta entre o destino final da caminhada e a Cabeça da Cabra Casa de Campo.

Para mais informações contacte-nos para acabecadacabra@gmail.com

________________________________________________________________

Between December and March, we will be watching the forecast closely, so that we can enjoy every single day with no rain outside. After a breakfast made to be enjoyed slowly, we invite our guests to discover two beautifull trails of Rota Vicentina.

For Saturday, the Fisherman’s Trail between Ilha do Pessegueiro e Vila Nova de Mil Fontes. With an aproximate duration of four hours, allways along the coast, you will discover secret beaches, imposing cliffs and all the greatness of the Atlantic Ocean.

On Sunday the Historic Trail, between our guesthouse and Cercal village, with the aproximate duration of three hours, you will be presented with a surprinsing diversity of landscapes.

In this special program, your two night stay will include, beside our lavishing breakfast, a homemade snack to enjoy during a break on your walk and the transportation between the final destination of your walk back to the guesthouse.

For more information contact us on acabecadacabra@gmail.com

 

 

 

Hosting an artist you admire

I’ve followed Vera‘s photographic work almost from the beguinning, during the last ten years she has patiently documented not only the portuguese music scene, but a wide group of international artists that visited the country during this period. Her work is a beautiful slice of music history happening in Portugal, with wonderfull layers of evolution and transformation…this was what I had to say before I got a message from Vera herself booking a five day stay in our guesthouse, with the intention of retreating for a couple days to focus on her work. I was of course very excited with all this, but tried to act all cool and normal about it. I had many questions, how did she managed to be so prolific, how does she manage to build such a strong identity without ever compromising. During her stay I could see the skills that were behind her work, a childlike curiousity, endless energy combined with simplicity of that down to the earth, bare to the bone kind, wasting no time with bullshit and deep love and respect for  the people she works with. It was very  inspiring to see her work and it was very conforting to know she deserves all the success she has and more. During her stay she was going trough ten years of pictures to prepare the launch of a new website celebrating ten years of her blog, but she was kind enough to make some pictures of Cabeça da Cabra during her stay, check them here.

captura-de-ecra-2016-12-03-as-17-13-25

photo by Vera Marmelo

ABOUT THIS SUMMER

It’s been four years since this journey started, so I didn’t expect I would be writing about discovery now, but this was all the summer was about. Places and people can have many layers, so this was the year to get in to the deeper layers of this magical place. A summer of watching many sunrises and breathing the fresh morning air, of staying in the water until dusk, a summer of sharing food and stories around the table with friends we don’t dare to call guests anymore.

img_3170img_5864img_5859img_5866img_5870

WHAT WE DID LAST SUMMER 2015

Before we say more, let’s face it…we are in November and only now we are taking the time to write a little note about the summer?? This happened because it was an amazing summer, and we were so busy living it! It’s sounds a bit as a cliché…but it’s true! We had so many amazing guests, we made friends for life – but we will stop here, so I don’t get too emotional about it.

We have to thank  Sanda Vuckovic for the wonderfull Kinfolk event she organized at our place, here’s some pictures that she took on that special day.

Another highlight of this season was the surf camp we had in October –   too good to describe it here – but with more opportunities to join us in Spring  2016, send us an e-mail to inquiry about dates and prices

SPRING

DSCF7894 (800x600)IMG_6565df (640x427)IMG_6556dfIMG_6531df (640x427)IMG_6521dfNow and then, we have days like these that are really beginning to look like Spring…which reminds me of how amazing it was last year. Meagan Merlin was very kind to send us these really nice pictures from the first days of May 2014.

WALK WITH ME

DSC02279 IMG_0083 (1024x683) IMG_0066 (1024x683) IMG_0148 - Cópia (1024x682) IMG_0121 (1024x683) IMG_0080 (1024x683) IMG_0107 (1024x683) DSC02289 (1024x680)Winter doesn’t make my connection with the sea any weaker, but it brings a special magic that draws me closer to the country, nothing brings more peace to me than loosing myself in the surrounding walking trails.