Europe Portugal North Portugal Porto & the Rio Douro
Lima Escape is what estate agents would call ‘wonderfully appointed’. Nestled on the western-edge of Peneda-Gerês National Park (also known simply as Gerês), where 70,000 hectares of vast, amphitheatre-shaped space wows visitors each year with its deep river valleys, colossal peaks, and magical forests of oak and sweet-scented pine. With so much exploring to be done, you’ll need a campsite close-by where you can sleep off that sweet hiker's fatigue. Thankfully Lima Escape ticks that box and many more...
The site is huge (there’s capacity for 400 campers), yet it seems to maintain an intimate atmosphere whilst still showing off the site's vast, spectacular natural beauty. And what natural beauty there is. Pitching up in lush woodlands, surrounded by oak and pine trees, whilst the River Lima snakes its way nearby is a real pleasure for even the most seasoned camper. When the torches are switched off, and all you hear is the wind in the trees and the patter of weaving water, you realise Lima Escape is a bona fide camping nirvana.
One thing’s for sure, you won’t get bored. If you’re an enthusiastic rambler, you’ll love the surrounding mountains which offer a multitude of high-elevation paths and mountain biking treks, with views to knock your socks off. Gerês (Portugal’s major National Park) is spread across four dramatic granite peaks, and is especially popular with hikers in April and May when it’s twisting trails bloom with wildflowers.
The park is home to over 140 bird species including the eagle owl, honey buzzard and the whinchat, all of which are seldom seen elsewhere in Portugal. Animal lovers are also in luck, with ibex, wolf (don’t get too close!), pine martin, stoat and wild Garrano ponies all roaming the parks many moorlands.
Back at Lima Escape, your time is very much your own. In the evenings many choose to rendezvous by the snack bar, taking advantage of the full-flavoured food (homemade pies, sausages and hamburgers), or sipping a cold beer on the terrace. However, if you’d prefer some ‘me time’, Lima is the kind of peaceful, unspoiled patch where you can unwind without the fear of being disturbed.
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Great Value at Portuguese River site, Lima Escape
Not as glamour as it could have been!
We recently stayed 3 night in a tipi here and while the location and site is stunning, we were disappointed with the glamping. There was basically just a bed in the tipi - no extras or useful things like a place to store clothes. No useful accessories. For 55 euro a night, we thought it was a let down and only saved by the great location. For camping (with you own kit) i say you are on to a winner!
“by the River Lima I sat down and escaped...”
I have had the privilege to be the first one to experience the bungalow, one of their glamping options.
The experience was most rewarding for my kids, that had the opportunity to jump around as much as they could before we went for a nice dinner, having a typical local dish, in a very cozy restaurant.
The experience of sitting on the varanda during the evening twilight, with nothing but the sounds of the pine trees and oaks, the shy birds that once in a while allow us a glance was a moment of peace.
My purpose of the stay was to rest and stack energy for a hard week coming up, but it was so quiet that the privacy of the bungalow allowed me to be in bed looking through the window.
I was exhausted but the dawning sun awoke me gently and made me sit up and see the whole morning sun rising, from 5:30 to 7:00 am - with the calm waters of the River Lima mirroring the golden light through the surrounding green and yellow tones.
It is just like having a hotel room with all comfort in the wood! A small kitchen allowed me to make my own breakfast just as I like it and the whole room breaths the care of little details that made us feel welcomed.
I can't wait to repeat the experience - so do my kids! :)