Welcome to the Valley of Pleasures

aimee at quinta de cima vale de prazeres
forest at quinta de cima permaculture project
a view up the hill from the farmhouse quinta de cima near fundao
Cherry trees at quinta de cima the valley of pleasures
view to the front of quinta de cima vale de prazeres
vale de gardunha from quinta de cima

Quinta de Cima in the Valley of Pleasures, Permaculture Eco-Project Farm
welcomes you…

The idea is to work towards establishing a permaculture-based eco-project and holistic lifestyle learning center (possibly with a small core-community) at this farm in the Vale de Gardunha… More specifically, the Quinta is situated on the edge of the village whose name translates so poetically into English as: The Valley of Pleasures! But let’s just say that the last few years have NOT all been quite so ‘poetic’… It seems well acknowledged that frequently with ‘Pleasure’ there comes, almost as inevitably, ‘Pain’ — and there has been a fair share of that over the last years ! Evidently whilst time appears to pass faster than ever before, everything also takes longer to get done than might be hoped… A ‘double-whammy’ of an excuse for not making as much progress as expected over the first three years here !

If you know the area already then you’ll probably appreciate why the place has earned the soubriquet — the fruit-bowl of Portugal. If you have never visited before then perhaps you will be amazed by the seasonal abundance of fruits of all kinds bending the boughs of every tree… Indeed, the area is particularly renowned for its sumptuous annual cherry harvest in late spring, followed by the gathering of a variety of soft fruits that burgeon on the summer boughs, then at the end of the year… following the cornucopia of the grape harvest and hosts of olives have been taken off to the local Lagars (olive presses), the trees are festively resplendent with oranges and lemons… This truly is a blessed terrain.

With such bounty bestowed by good auspices of Mother Earth, the spirit of nature, the abundance of fresh, pure mountain nascentes providing crystal clear natural mineral water the year round, the mildness and warmth of the local micro-climate for much of the year, it is hard not to be emotionally moved by the fabulous fecundity and fantastic flora as you explore and experience the true essence of the seasons… but seeing is believing, so we hope you may choose to visit us soon — and believe !


The possibility is envisaged of creating compact, eco-friendly, environmentally low-impact ‘dwellings’ using natural resources and blending into the landscape so as to be almost invisible. Here it is also imagined that there could be natural, forest-based wild-camping opportunities, allowing true communion with nature in an idyllic setting. Here it might also be readily possible to exploit free and renewable energy sources (sun/water/wind), growing food using sustainable and earth-enhancing methods… whilst also learning more about becoming self-sufficient and re-acquiring lost, forgotten or dying skills… For some this may sound too grand a scheme or enterprise — and undoubtedly help is needed of many kinds just to begin to achieve the goals briefly outlined ! But if it appeals to you and you think you might be able to contribute in some way towards making it happen… then please feel free to contact us and/or to register your interest here:

(Your details will NOT be shared; you won’t be bombarded with emails BUT… we will keep you up-to-date with developments and let you know how you may be able to help!)

YOU MIGHT ALSO WISH TO: See our ‘Host Page’ at HelpX.com with details about visiting us for an ‘Organic Farmstay’ in return for work and/or a small payment:

Or simply ask any questions you may have via email using the onsite web-form just here
In love and light!

Al G Smith
Updated: December 2016

valley of pleasures: quinta de cima, vale de prazeres