A dream place on the Alentejo Coast

A dream place on the Alentejo Coast

Help us to preserve a unique ecosystem and to finance the installation of a new Glamping tent. By supporting this initiative, you are invited to lunch, attend a workshop or stay...

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    115% of 2 500€

    45 backers

  • 31/08/2020

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Help us to preserve a unique ecosystem and to finance the installation of a new Glamping tent. By supporting this initiative, you are invited to lunch, attend a workshop or stay overnight at Figueirinha Ecoturismo.

With a great diversity of locations around the world, Glamping is asserting itself as a trend that attracts all types of travelers. Glamping is a form of ecological and environmentally friendly accommodation. In places where the energy and materials used in the construction and operation of residential tourism are particularly high, Glamping has the advantage of using some elements of the surrounding nature in a perfectly sustainable way. Solar energy, toilets and composting, permaculture, are some examples. Glamping provides you with a direct contact with nature in an extraordinary way. It is an opportunity to relax and recharge your batteries. Instead of waking up and walking out the door of a house, you wake up and leave the tent directly into the countryside and into the fresh air.

Figueirinha Ecoturismo is a dream come true for journalists Paula Carvalho Silva and Alexandre Coutinho, who acquired Herdade da Figueirinha dos Condados in the mid-90s, with the aim of transforming it, later, into self-sustainable rural tourism . This true Alentejo hill, over 100 years old, is located just over 25 kilometres from Vila Nova de Milfontes, close to the village of Monte de Estrada, in the parish of Relíquias (Odemira Municipality).

We came to Alentejo at the beginning of the concept of rural tourism, over 30 years ago, first as tourists, then in search of a different pace, in a region that turned out to be our adopted home. Here, in Vale Figueira, we found what we were looking for: a place with a soul, full of positive energies, inherited from other families who lived here in the past. We called it Figueirinha Ecoturismo but the booklet contains the much more pompous name of Herdade da Figueirinha dos Condados. It is a small courtyard of 2 hectares that meets all the requirements we ask for. We wanted water, houses to rebuild and isolation and that's what we found. In the middle of the field, we use all the resources that nature provides us. The sun allows us to be self-sustaining in terms of energy, water from the wells feeds us into the biological pool and the land gives us part of the sustenance with the products we grow in our organic garden.

Interior de uma tenda de Glamping

About the author

Alexandre Coutinho - Journalist and free lance author, 56 years old, born in Lisbon, where he completed his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Communication. He began his career in 1986 at O Jornal, joining Expresso in 1988, where he was editor of the economy section (1998-2000) and where he worked until the end of 2010, then creating the publishing house Contra a Corrente (2011) and embarking on the adventure of opening a rural tourism on the Costa Alentejana, in 2012. From 2007 to 2014, he was also editor of the aviation magazine Sirius Magazine and, in 2015 and 2016, he was director of the magazine Avião. In addition to collaborations in several publications, he is the author of books individually or in co-authorship, such as the historical novel “O Mensageiro de Fidel”; the political marketing study “How to Make a President”; “Microcredit in Portugal - A New Opportunity”; "Auto Palace - A Century of Life"; “The Brotherhood of Romeiros”; "TAP Air Portugal"; “ÓculOs - History of Optics”; "50 Years Porsche 911 in Portugal"; and “Land Rover in Portugal”, among others. He edited the collective work “50 Lojas com Histórias” for Expresso.

Plataforma exterior com mesa e cadeiras

Budget and due dates

With the use of crowdfunding, I hope to raise the necessary amount (2500.00 euros) to finance the installation of a new Glamping tent in Figueirinha Ecoturismo. In addition to the development of the project, it was possible to build a wooden platform and acquire the solar panels that are essential for the electrical energy system. As soon as the necessary funds are collected, the project will be completed within a maximum period of two months. Within 45 days, starting on the 17th of July 2020 and ending on the 31st of August, I think it will be possible to mobilize, through crowdfunding, many enthusiasts of sustainable tourism, fans of the outdoors and contact with nature, in addition to the many friends of Figueirinha Ecoturismo.

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    10€ or more

    Biological pool

    A morning or afternoon in the biological pool of Figueirinha Ecoturismo, with a refreshment.

    9 backers

  • Invest with
    25€ or more

    Figueirinha Ecotourism

    A day at Figueirinha Ecoturismo, with access to the biological pool, a light meal and a walk to Senhora das Neves.

    12 backers

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    50€ or more

    Figueirinha Basket

    A basket of products from Figueirinha Ecoturismo: olive oil (0.75 l), aromatic herbs, teas, jam and homemade liqueur, as well as fruit and vegetables from the organic garden (depending on the season).

    Shipping included (to Portugal)

    13 backers

  • Invest with
    100€ or more

    Workshop and dinner

    A day at Figueirinha Ecoturismo, with participation in a vegetarian cooking workshop, followed by a meal for two.

    2 backers

  • Invest with
    150€ or more

    Weekend

    A weekend or two nights at Figueirinha Ecoturismo (double room or Glamping tent), for two, with breakfast included (with reservation until December 2021).

    10 backers

  • Invest with
    350€ or more

    Vacation week

    One week at Figueirinha Ecoturismo (5 nights), in a double room or Glamping tent, for two, with breakfast included (with reservation until December 2021).

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Tue, 27/10/2020 - 11:56

Tue, 01/09/2020 - 10:26

Payout completed

The raised funds have been transferred to the campaign owner

Tue, 01/09/2020 - 06:55

Parabéns a todos!

Caros Amigos e Apoiantes, muito obrigado pelo apoio nesta campanha de crowdfunding da Figueirinha! A vossa participação foi decisiva para alcançarmos 115% do objectivo fixado pa...

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31/08/2020

Campaign ended

The campaign successfully raised the initial target

Sun, 23/08/2020 - 23:42

100% reached

WE DID IT! We met our initial target but the fundraising can continue

Sun, 23/08/2020 - 15:17

Semana decisiva!

Caros Amigos e Apoiantes, Estamos a um passo de alcançar o nosso objectivo. Com a ajuda e o contributo de todos (41 pessoas, alguns dos quais anónimos) já conseguimos chegar a ...

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Mon, 03/08/2020 - 00:24

50% reached

We've just achieved half the target! The glass is now more full than empty ;)

Wed, 22/07/2020 - 21:34

First five backers

We've gathered the first 5 backers. Hurray!

Campaign launched

16/07/2020

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  • Alexandre Coutinho

    Parabéns a todos!

    Caros Amigos e Apoiantes, muito obrigado pelo apoio nesta campanha de crowdfunding da Figueirinha! A vossa participação foi decisiva para alcançarmos 115% do objectivo fixado para financiar o pólo de observação da natureza na plataforma da tenda de glamping Hambanine. Estão convidados a visitar a Figueirinha Ecoturismo e o Vale Figueira. Em função dos contributos irão receber as respectivas recompensas e quem quiser reservar uma estadia na Figueirinha Ecoturismo pode fazê-lo a partir de hoje (em função da disponibilidade) ou em 2021. Podem contactar por e-mail - figueiirinhaecoturismo@gmail.com - ou por telefone: 283623306 Obrigado e até breve! Alexandre Coutinho

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  • Alexandre Coutinho

    Semana decisiva!

    Caros Amigos e Apoiantes,
    Estamos a um passo de alcançar o nosso objectivo. Com a ajuda e o contributo de todos (41 pessoas, alguns dos quais anónimos) já conseguimos chegar a 97% do montante necessário (€2500) para concretizar o projecto de criar um pólo de observação da natureza na Figueirinha Ecoturismo e de manter a tenda de glamping Hambanine. Obrigado! Vamos entrar agora na semana decisiva para o sucesso desta campanha de crowdfunding: faltam 9 dias... a meta dos 100% está à vista. Assim, peço-vos, uma vez mais, para redobrarem os vossos contactos e partilhas junto de familiares, amigos e conhecidos. Vamos aumentar o número de apoiantes e de Amigos da Figueirinha! Um abraço, Alexandre Coutinho

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