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To help you make the most of your stay, we've compiled a list of Frequently Asked Questions.

What is Monte Orada?

Monte Orada is an ancient sanctuary located in the region of  Alentejo, in the Southwest of Portugal.

It is a place for contemplation and connection with nature, focused on conscious nutrition, meditation, and permaculture.

What are the fundamental values of Monte Orada?

The fundamental values of Monte Orada include connection with nature, health, sustainability, and transitioning towards a conscious and sustainable existence.

What is the history of Monte Orada?

Monte Orada dates back at least to the 12th century and was known as the "Sanctuary of Our Lady of Orada". It was a mandatory stop on the route to Monchique and Algarve and was known for its sacred water source.

What ongoing initiatives are taking place at Monte Orada?

For information on ongoing initiatives, please visit our website or contact our team directly.

What activities can I do at Monte Orada?

At Monte Orada, you can practice yoga, meditate, swim, hike, take forest baths, enjoy sauna, massages, and share experiences with like-minded people from all over the world.

Is Monte Orada a hotel or restaurant?

Monte Orada is not a traditional hotel or restaurant. It is a sanctuary and retreat center that offers accommodation, meals, and various activities focused on nature and personal development.

What is it like to live at Monte Orada?

Living at Monte Orada offers a unique experience of living close to nature, participating in community activities, engaging in personal growth practices, and being part of a conscious and sustainable lifestyle. For more information, please contact us.

Who are some of the people involved at Monte Orada?

Some of the people involved at Monte Orada include Juliana Estevez, David Rafael, and other individuals with backgrounds in psychology and hospitality. They contribute to the various aspects of Monte Orada's offerings and community.

Can I bring my children to Monte Orada?

Yes, Monte Orada welcomes families and children. We provide a safe and enriching environment for children to connect with nature and engage in age-appropriate activities. Please contact us for more details.

Where is Monte Orada located?

Monte Orada is located in Odemira, in the Alentejo region, in the Southwest of Portugal, near the border with Algarve.

Is it possible to volunteer at Monte Orada?

Yes, Monte Orada welcomes volunteers as part of its community. Volunteers contribute to the maintenance of gardens and other activities. If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to us for more information.

What kind of food is served at Monte Orada?

At Monte Orada, we offer nutritious vegan or vegetarian meals that support a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Does Monte Orada have a spiritual focus?

Yes, Monte Orada is a place for spiritual reconnection with oneself through nature, healthy food, and conscious contemplation of beauty and simplicity. It provides a space for personal growth and inner exploration.

Can I hold events or retreats at Monte Orada?

Yes, Monte Orada offers a space for holding events and retreats that are aligned with its values of connection with nature and personal development. Please contact us to discuss your specific event or retreat requirements

Does Monte Orada have any positive environmental impact?

Absolutely! Monte Orada is dedicated to implementing sustainable practices that leave a positive environmental footprint. They actively contribute to the preservation of the environment through initiatives such as the conversion of eucalyptus forests into more sustainable ecosystems and the promotion of water retention methods to combat desertification.

Can I make accommodation reservations at Monte Orada?

Unfortunately, accommodation reservations cannot be made at Monte Orada...

Are there hiking trails in the vicinity of Monte Orada?

Yes, Monte Orada is nestled in a natural area that offers hiking trails and the opportunity to indulge in forest bathing.

Does Monte Orada welcome groups for retreats or workshops?

Certainly! Monte Orada warmly welcomes groups seeking retreats or workshops that align with their core values.


How can I contact Monte Orada?

You can easily get in touch with Monte Orada through their official website or social media channels.

What kind of flora and fauna can I expect to encounter at Monte Orada?

Monte Orada serves as a haven for various flora and fauna species, and it also provides shelters for endangered species such as the otter, and the eagle owl. The grounds showcase a diverse range of vegetation, including cork oak, strawberry trees, carob trees, and many others.

Is it possible to hold weddings or celebrations at Monte Orada?

Yes, please contact us to know more.

Is there internet access available at Monte Orada?

Yes, internet access is available.

How can I reach Monte Orada?

Monte Orada is located in Odemira, within Portugal's Alentejo region. You can reach the retreat center by car or opt for public transportation to a nearby city and then take a taxi to complete your journey.

Is there any historical or symbolic significance behind the name "Monte Orada"?

Certainly! "Monte da Orada" has a historical legacy that dates back at least to the 12th century when it was known as the "Sanctuary of Our Lady of Orada." The name "Orada" holds meanings such as "prayed for" or "prayer." The water source on the site was considered sacred and served as a mandatory stop on the route to Monchique and Algarve.

Who are the hosts of Monte Orada?

Monte Orada is lovingly hosted by Laura Nielen and Jacob Rigaux.

Does Monte Orada provide sustainable accommodation options?

Absolutely! Monte Orada's commitment to sustainability extends to their accommodation offerings. They provide lodging options that align with their principles of respecting nature and promoting sustainability.

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us directly, we will be happy to help you.

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