About

About

About Camping Beira Marvao

History, Mission and Joy

In April 2021 we decided to escape our hectic lives in Amsterdam and start all over again. In our search we stumbled upon this rural, natural, almost remote and atypical campground. We fell in love with the estate, the surrounding landscape and in September 2021 we started making it our home. Our aim is not to run a campground, but allow people to camp on our Estate.
Our Mission is just to be happy, to take care of and cherish the estate as a refuge for ourselves and our guests.
Our Joy is to share our wonderful treasure. To welcome a variety of guests and provide a home away from home.

The Campscape

The estate of 3,7 ha is a small hillside stretch that is divided into parts by old original stonewalls and a Ribeira (creek). The estate consists of the donkey grounds, the camp stretch and the stony hills. The actual campground (1 ha) follows an unpaved path across the grounds, up to the Olive Tree Plateau (with sanitary building), down to the Eucalyptus/Pool Area and the Green Field. We have no marked spots. You can set up on your desired and available spot, with respect to others and the grounds. Across the grounds you’ll find electricity and water. We limit the number of guests to preserve the peace and quiet and provide a cozy atmosphere at terrace Amsterdao.

Camp regulations: Use common sense

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Campground Park Map

Site prices include up to 6 people per site and 2 licensed vehicles (including all trailer types). You may request a specific site, however site numbers are not guaranteed.

For guests who may arrive outside of our usual business hours, your reserved site information will be available via a posted envelope on the Registration Building window. The next morning, please stop by the Office again to complete the check-in process.

How it came about

March 1, 2012
Campground founded

A Dutch couple started camping Beira Marvao as a "rustic campground. During the following 9 years they added facilities , like a sanitary building and electricity.

April 18, 2021
Campground for sale

After being for sale for almost 2 years, Ronald and Vitor found the campsite on "camping-te-koop.nl". After Ronald's burnout, it seemed the perfect opportunity to step out of the system that forces people and cities to compete for economic growth. Ronald and Vitor decided to leave Amsterdam and chase some dreams.

June 1, 2021
Ronald, Vitor and Dushi visit Marvao

We decided to take a chance and head for Portugal to see the site and it's surroundings. All three of us immediately fell in love with the estate and Parque Natural da Derra de Sao Mamede. We decided to go for it!

August 30, 2021
Leaving Amsterdam!

No turning back. With the Hymer campervan loaded with unnecessary stuff, Vitor Ronald and Dushi hit the road to never return.

September 8, 2021
Buying the campsite

The campsite (economic activity) is ours and since it never closed, we immediately are running the place. It is fun from day 1, adding some Brasilian Dutch hospitality and some Jazz to the terrace of kiosk Amsterdao.

September 18, 2021
The estate is ours!

We are now the full owners of the Quinta with 3 hectares of olive, eucaptus and fruit trees in the astonishing rocky and hilly landscape of Beira-Marvao

Our Team

Dushi

Dushi is our security officer. Born 26 September 2020, she is a playful friend to everybody.

Vitor

Vitor Ribeiro (1971), born in Brasil, husband of Ronald, spend 20 years in Amsterdam working as a barista. Presently campground owner and manager

Ronald

Ronald Wiggers (1965), husband of Vitor, spend all his adult life in Amsterdam, working as a human geographer for the city of Amsterdam. Currently assistant camp manager.

Special Features

Unique Camp Store

Snacks, soda, souvenirs, gifts, supplies, firewood, ice (no tobacco or alcohol available)

Nightly Group Campfire

Join us for days of singing, cooking out on the campfire, games, unique arts and crafts and so much more!

Restrooms & Showers

Compact and easy to use. Place in a sunny location, allowing the warmth of the sun to warm your shower water!

Free Wireless Internet

We have 5 wifi antennas on the ground to cover camping and thus allow you to remain “connected” via our network

Bike Rentals

You are planning an epic road ride into the mountains? Campgrounds has the perfect rental bike for you

Playground

Come and enjoy traditional playground activities including arts and craftsasports and day trips

Frequently Asked Questions

Only well socialised dogs – to people and other dogs – are allowed. We don’t accept dogs that are on the list of dangerous dog breeds. At checkin you have to present your dog to us and to Dushi.

The nearest small grocery stores are in Santo António das Areias at 5 km. There is a modern supermarket (Pingo Doce) in Castelo de Vide (8,5 km).
We provide a small service car for shopping purposes.

No, because of the fire hazard in this part of Portugal and Spain, open fires and barcues on coal are not allowed.

Our campsite is mainly intended for people who want to enjoy the tranquility and the beautiful surroundings. Because the camping part on our estate is not located directly on the access road, we want to limit traffic on the estate. Our prices are therefore geared to a stay of several days.

The campsite is not gay, we are. And although we hate the word, we are totally inclusive. We pride ourselves in providing a safe and friendly home away from home for all. We celebrate diversity, life would be very boring without.

Well, not really. Our estate is all about peace an relaxation. People come here for nature and the experience of silence soaked within the sound of  nature…. During July and August we are adult only (12+).