The coast south of Lisbon is an ancestral landscape of cliffs and beaches. Preserved this way thanks to the lack of coastal roads as exist in other disfigured Iberian coasts. To reach each coastal village one has to take the turning off the inland road which takes us to the waves and a plate of mussels.
Heredade de Touril is a four hundred hectares cattle farm and a divine plot of land over the Atlantic with its own beach, turned into a singular hotel. So singular, that it has been chosen Best Rural Hotel of Portugal 2011 in the Lisbon tourism fair. Not surprising, since even the storks that usually nest on church steeples and urban roofs, do so on the small marine islets, a rarity.
The two different atmospheres of the hotel are, the historic building with rooms which have a rustic decoration and terrace around the pool, and the independent houses: On the outside, Alentejan country architecture, indoors vanguard decoration. With the autonomy given to them by the way they are equipped like apartments. In various houses scattered along a path which leads to the beach. A virgin beach, which one reaches going down a slope that may scare off the less adventurous.
Here we are all happy, the children looking for shells in the sand or we, who seek a space for quality, peace and quiet. And the fresh breeze from the Atlantic.