Companhia das Culturas

  • Location: Beach / Coast
    Praia Verde beach: 3km (7 mins by car)
    Ria Formosa natural park: 45km (30 mins by car)
    Village of Cacela Velha: 8km (13 mins by car)
    Tavira, possibly the prettiest town on the Algarve: 17km (20 mins by car)
  • Faro Airport (FAO): 59km (40 mins by car)
    Lisbon Airport (LIS): 317km (2hs 45 mins by car)
    Car recommended
    Free parking

This part of the Algarve is such an alluring place, peaceful, inspiring and perfect to connect with nature.
You could participate in the farm's seasonal harvest, collect herbs and pick fruits and vegetables.
If you love seafood, you'll have to stop by the restaurants in the small fishing villages nearby.

The service at Companhia das Culturas is very low key, but of course all the essentials are there.
You won’t miss a TV or any nightlife if you're coming to the Algarve region to relax and rejuvenate.
Please note that breakfast is not included for the Apartments.

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An introduction to Companhia das Culturas

How would you describe Companhia das Culturas in a nutshell?

Companhia das Culturas is an eco-rustic hotel in Portugal's Algarve region. There are 9 hotel rooms and suites, as well as 4 apartments. Here we define luxury in a more natural way, with meals prepared exclusively with produce from the neighbours or our own farm, lots of invigorating sunshine, and good company. We're like an anti-resort with 40 acres of land, a working organic farm, a saltwater pool, turkish hammam and a yoga room. Guests can feel a sense of the world passing here, through the historical architecture and the traditional way of living.

Please tell us a bit about the history of your agroturismo in the Algarve.

Until the ‘60s, it was a very busy farm with a lot of people working there. Agriculture was very important in this region. There were several farms in the area, even one which was close to the sea and with a boat to bring the fish. There was a regular fair at this farm to exchange goods, so it was a really important economic center, in a way creating an almost self-sufficient environment.

Today our property is still a working organic farm producing carob, olives, almonds, oranges and figs, which are used mainly for the boutique hotel. The main production, though is apricots. We grow around 10.000 to 20.000 kilos of apricots every year that we export to Northern Europe.

How long did it take you to refurbish the property and when did you open the agroturism hotel?

We opened for agroturism in 2008. But for seven years before that we were busy refurbishing the ruins that were on the farm. I was kind of a curator planning how things would look and we, together with the architect Pedro Ressano Garcia, wanted to take our time to learn how the ecosystem worked with the weather. For example, we don’t have air conditioning, we have fans. Every room has a door and a window for better air circulation.

Please tell us a bit about the architecture of the hotel.

All the buildings on the property were done at different times. It started at the beginning of the 19th century and due to family needs or industrial advances, other buildings started appearing. They would put in another door or window here or there. Our renovations were a lot like that. The new additions are mainly about function. But the old walls remain and you can get a sense of the history.

What‘s interesting is that you can see the different ‘layers’ in the building process, how it has changed throughout the years. Our renovations have become part of the history of the property. The materials we used were all gathered from the land, we call it ‘taipa’ or rammed earth. It is a technique for building using the raw materials of earth, chalk, lime and gravel. But we also used modern techniques for the roof to improve the isolation for example.

To you personally, what is so special about this hotel and the farm?

I really appreciate the landscape. There’s a kind of spirit here that is incredible. The trees are centuries old, they are very imposing and strong. And I guess in order to survive in this very dry climate they need to be very strong. So in essence, it gives you a perspective on life as they will still be here when we are gone. And the landscape is large, the horizon seems endless.

What kind of activities do you offer your holiday guests?

We have marked paths for walking or cycling. Our guests can also work on the farm in helping with the harvest in May with the apricots — but nobody wants to help us... (laughs). Together with a young and creative chef we also organise a little workshop where our guests can go collect different traditional plants and herbs and then prepare them together with the chef, again in a traditional and contemporary way. And as already mentioned before, breakfast is very important to us so we are offering a breakfast workshop. Other workshops we have are using plaster to help rebuild the walls, to lean about the building techniques. Also, one of our neighbours — he is a french pastry chef — offers a workshop on making truffles with figs. Most of these activities are done in April, May and June and guests can learn about how the tradition can be a filter of the contemporary.

Looking back over the past three years, what has been most rewarding to you about running a small boutique hotel?

To welcome people to our agroturism. And I really like the idea of being almost like an ambassador of our farm and the region. Since we have opened the agroturism hotel, I’ve also been a lot more positive. I’ve met some very nice people and families. I think our concept, that we don’t have TVs, music or ambiance in that sense, make people appreciate the simpler things. It makes them very curious as well as impressed by a more traditional way of living.

Pool area
Companhia das Culturas
Common room
Common room
Meeting room
Library
Restaurant
Hamam
Hamam
Hamam
Double Room 7
Twin Room 8
Interior Twin Room 5
Twin Room 8
Double Superior Room 9
Double Superior Room 9
Double Superior Room 9
Suite 1
Double Room 3
Double Room 3
Ground Floor Apartment 21
Ground Floor Apartment 21
Ground Floor Apartment 21
Apartment Duplex
Apartment Duplex
The farm
The farm
Cacela Velha
Praia Verde

Companhia das Culturas rooms & rates

The hotel is a set of whitewashed old farm buildings with natural materials such as concrete, cork, and wood. We rent nine bedrooms and four apartments at this time, each is different and adapted to the layout of the old farm buildings. There are two living areas, one of them used to be an olive oil press room. We also have a contemporary library that has books on subjects such as the ecosystem and food, art literature, the landscape, architecture and so on.

At the hotel you'll find that contemporary meets historical, all the floors and bathrooms are done in concrete. There are lots of recycled materials, as wella s glass, wood, and cork from this area. We tried to re-functionalize the materials to meet our needs. It’s like ‘arte povera’ — the contemporary art of the ‘60s & ‘70s — the idea of reutilization of things for a simpler look with raw materials. Some of the furniture was from the house originally, but I also added contemporary pieces.

  • Double Room 3 for 2 people / 18 m²
    140 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    Located in what used to be the kitchen, this duble bedroom with ensuite bathroom has retained the original floor in hydraulic tiles.

    Beneath the old chimney, where the hearth used to be, there is now a bath area.

    The room also has a private patio and air conditioning.

  • Double Room 4 for 2 people / 25 m²
    140 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    With a small private patio, this room with ensuite bathroom with shower has a double bed and a wardrobe especially designed for the space.

    Two baroque angels and other elements such as handles, chair legs and pedestals, spread in one of the walls, serve as hangers for clothes.

    With fan and air conditioning.

  • Double Room 7 for 2 people / 25 m²
    140 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    With a bed laid on a platform, this is the smaller double bedroom with ensuite bathroom and also the most zen. It is equipped with a wardrobe with drawers and shelves.

    The French window, which opens onto the patio with a flower box with aromatic herbs, vine and jasmine, a table and two chairs.

    With air-conditioning.

  • Twin Room 8 for 2 people / 18 m²
    130 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    This is the most secret bedroom in the entire hotel with two single beds and an enquite bathroom. There is a patio which is partially covered by a pergola with a vine, jasmine and a flower bed with herbs and papyrus.

    It is equipped with a table and wardrobe with drawers. Air conditioning.

  • Interior Twin Room 5 for 2 people / 21 m²
    120 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)

    With a roof window allowing natural light to pour in, the twin bedroom is equipped with two single beds, a table and a wardrobe especially designed for the space.

    The bathroom displays vernacular construction techniques and materials.

    With air conditioning.

  • Interior Twin Room 6 for 2 people / 20 m²
    120 / night
    • 1 Twin bedroom
    • 1 Bathroom (ensuite)

    The ancient rammed-earth wall in front of the entrance, now illuminated by a low light and a small glass pane, expresses the incrediblecharacter of this room.

    It features two single beds, a table and a wardrobe especially designed for the space, which becomes almost invisible.

    The bathroom is equipped with bathtub and shower.

  • Superior Double Room 9 for 2-3 people / 31 m²
    180 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The Superior Double Room has a generous size and comes with an ensuite bathroom with a large shower and even a private patio.

    The king size bed with a daybed can comfortably accommodate 3 people.

    With air conditioning.

  • Suite 1 for 2-4 people / 35 m²
    180 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Living room
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Suite 1 is the largest. The upper level has a double bed with headboard and bedside tables in cork.

    The spacious lower level comes with the bathroom, a table, chairs and a comfy daybed.

    With fan and air conditioning. The room can accommodate up to 4 people.

  • Suite 2 for 2-3 people / 25 m²
    180 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    Suite 2 comes with a double bed with a cork headboard on the upper level.

    The spacious lower level features a bathroom, a table, chairs and a sofa bed.

    With fan and air conditioning. The room can accommodate up to three people.

  • Apartment Duplex 22, 23 & 24 for 2-6 people / 92 m²
    300 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 2 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 2 Extra bed (on req.)
    • 2 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    In the old sheepfold, between the old mill and the brand new Hamam, rises 3 duplex apartments [with private patios with pergola] facing a subtropical orchard - sugar cane, mangos, papayas, avocados, guavas - plus aromatic herbs watered by the rainwater that a lake, at a lower level, welcomes.

    On the ground floor, an open space with kitchenette, features a sofa bed for two people and a complete bathroom.

    Upstairs is a bathroom and two bedrooms, one with a king size bed [180cm x 200cm], another with two daybeds. A communicant sliding door allows different uses and occupation modes up to six people.

    With air conditioning.

  • Ground Floor Apartment 21 for 2-4 people / 85 m²
    270 / night
    • 1 Double bedroom
    • 1 Shower room (ensuite)
    • 1 Shower room
    • 1 Living room
    • 1 Kitchenette
    • 2 Sofabed (on req.)
    • 1 Baby cot (on req.)

    The old mill was transformed into a ground floor apartment [85sqm] in an unparalleled environment. The large living room [55sqm] with kitchenette, was where previously the olives were crushed, pressed and processed into olive oil.

    A room with a king size bed [180cm x 220cm] and bathroom opens onto a private patio with another complete bathroom.

Included in the rates
Rates include breakfast (for the rooms and suites only), a welcome drink, use of the outdoor salt water pool and the library, seasonal fruit, tea and homemade cakes. There's also a free yoga class on Tuesday and Saturday.
Optional extras
Services on request: airport shuttle, dry cleaning, babysitting, massage treatments, yoga classes and use of the Hammam.
Children & Extra beds
Children are welcome, some rooms can accommodate an extra bed. Baby cots: free of charge. Extra bed for children (3 to 14 years old): EUR 30/night. Extra bed (15+ years old): EUR 50/night.
Minimum stay
2 nights
Check in time
after 15:00
Check out time
before 12:00
Closed January 4 to February 28

Facilities & services

  • Children welcome
  • Swimming pool
  • WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Terrace
  • Maid service
  • Bar
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Restaurant
  • Courtyard
  • Honesty bar/Minibar
  • Business facilities
  • Toys for kids
  • Steam room/Hamam
  • Hair dryer

We have a saltwater pool, a hammam where we offer massages upon request and the Corkbox, our peaceful retreat for Yoga and Mindfulness. Since we are a working organic farm, possibly the most important part of staying at Companhia das Culturas is the food, especially the breakfasts we serve. Only fresh, local products are used and our menu varies in accordance with each season. It’s a way to experience a place by tasting it. And this is also important for our region as we are helping local products to get known by the people coming here. For example, we have some former guests who are now selling ‘muxama’ — which is dried tuna — in their country. So people in other places in Europe learn about the products from our region.

Things to do in Algarve & Castro Marim

  • Art / Culture
  • Cooking classes
  • Wildlife / Animals
  • Massages / Treatments
  • Yoga classes
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Hiking
  • Cycling
  • Horseback riding
  • Sailing
  • Boat trips
  • Fishing

The restaurants in the area are very popular among gourmets. I would also recommend going on a boat trip down the river. At the mouth of the river there is the best salt in Europe. Because of the designs it creates, it’s beautiful to wander around. The landscape has been well conserved. There are archaelogic sites, castles and fortresses nearby too.

What’s really beautiful about the Algarve and this region in particular is that in a relatively small space you have many different types of different landscapes. So I think the most interesting about coming here is to just wander around, learn about the many local products and get a taste of a particular way of living deeply connected to the climate and and the ecosystem.

Companhia das Culturas reviews

5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Our stay was really really amazing! The only "bad” thing was not to enjoy the big house but the beautiful apartments, but this is one of the main reasons for going back again next summer!
Pilar B. (Spain)
stayed at Agroturismo Cosmopolita in August 2016
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
it was very nice!!!! thank you!
Bitta B. (Germany)
stayed at Agroturismo Cosmopolita in September 2016
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
We had the best late summer time at this very special place, have been attended to very kindly. We enjoyed the quiet, the style, the space and of course the wonderful breakfast to start the day. All that almost in walking distance to endless beaches and with a lot of places around to visit. The "unknown Algarve", love to come back! Thanks to Eglantina and her staff for everything.
Andrea G. (Germany)
stayed at Agroturismo Cosmopolita in November 2015
5 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
It was definitely a "5”... excellent!! Best of all were the daily breakfasts/brunches!
Vicky K. (Switzerland)
stayed at Agroturismo Cosmopolita in October 2015
4 of 5 stars
Verfied Welcome Beyond stay
Feel one with nature Our last day of our stay has started. We are very positive about this ecologique boutique hotel. The combination of design with authenticity in the architecture succeeded well. The atmosphere of no television or back ground music gives really the peace and relax feeling we looked for. And though you have the wifi if you want to search some information on the internet. So you feel one with nature here, with the secure feeling of possible connection with the outer world. The breakfast and diner are made with own growed products of the season! Another strong feature is their honest food. Healthy and even beautiful served. Especially the breakfast tastes and looks super. The staff is very helpfull and kind. The room is well cleaned has all facilities needed.
Hilde V.
stayed at Agroturismo Cosmopolita in September 2014

The location of Companhia das Culturas

It’s about one and a half kilometers from the sea, from Praia Verde and Monte Gordo bay. It’s also near the eastern point of Ria Formosa, which is one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Algarve. And we are only three kilometers from the Spanish border. To be so close to the border is very interesting. Culturally, it’s very different and the way the landscape has formed in Andalusia is also completely different from the Algarve. It’s very stimulating. And finally we are also only a couple of kilometers away from the Serra do Caldeirão. So we have the sea, the mountains and the river connecting Portugal and Spain. It’s really beautiful.

When is the best time to visit Algarve?

You can come to the Algarve all year round. During the summer months it is rather crowded, especially at the beaches. If you decide to come in Spring or Fall you'll find that it is still very warm and sunny, but with much less people around. Even in the Winter it is still sunny and warm during the day.