Portugal’s first nudist campsite is to take shape in Marvão, in the district of Portalegre, a town in the northern Alentejo which borders with Spain and whose Mayor has welcomed the project with open arms.
Land for what will be a ten hectare site, the first of its kind, has already been purchased in the Cabeçudos area of Marvão.
It is hoped the unique attraction will draw some tourists away from the coast.
Nuno Frade, one of the project’s promoters, told Lusa News Agency this week: “We purchased the land two years ago.”
He described Marvão, which is situated in the heart of the São Mamede Nature Reserve, as “an excellent place withinPortugalin which to holiday.”
“We wanted to avoid the coast, because it is always more complicated to invest in that area and also because this region has enormous potential.” Mr. Frade believes that the project is “unique” within the country’s interior.
He explained that that particular tourism sector “is in great demand”, particularly among Dutch tourists, but he bemoaned the “lack of options” inPortugalfor people seeking that type of holiday.
Notwithstanding investment already made in purchasing the land, an amount not revealed by the promoter, Nuno Frade did say that the investment needed to bring the project to fruition is in the region of “one hundred thousand euros.”
“We will possibly be submitting this project to the Rural Development Programme (PRODER)”, he said.
Despite aiming to inaugurate the campsite next spring, Mr. Frade lamented the “rather complicated and restrictive” legislation that currently governs campsites.
Marvão Mayor José Manuel Pires said he is pleased with the development of such a project in his region and welcomed the investment.
He stressed that the project offered tourists something that “doesn’t exist” in the area, that is “innovative” and “makes perfect sense” seeing that there is “great demand” for the product fromNorthern Europe.
“It makes sense that the investment fits within the Serra deSãoMamedeNaturalPark. The clients of these types of places are people who live as one with nature, who protect it, who defend it, and who therefore are welcome”, he said.