Sleeping in Turquel
Rural tourism – As mushrooms
What a surprise!
Atop Candeeiros mountain, there-se a village called Casal de Vale-de-Ventos, once very poor.
EXPO 98 open the door to stone exploitation, and business developed the area, without stopping people from leaving to easier places.
Many abandoned houses were recovered, and are now available for touristic renting, with all the conditions and a very interesting price.
Of course, touristic attractions in the area are very few, but for those who want to stay in a very quiet place, with minimum comfort, and less than one hour distant from Alcobaça, Nazaré, Óbidos, Caldas da Rainha, Santarém, Leiria, Fátima, Tomar and more, this may be a very interesting and cheap solution for a group or large family. Some friends stayed in one of those houses in New Year’s eve, and I passed a few hours with them, in a big and comfortable house (12 of them slept there).
The problem is that I couldn’t find a regular contact to any of them. Maybe the restaurant “Casa Velha” (see my specific tip) may help.
Address: Casal de Vale-de-Ventos, atop Candeeiros mountain