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Vale das Lobas
Vale das Lobas is a Nature & Health Sanctuary, a tourism destination for Well-Being, Discovery and Biodiversity in the Serra da Estrela district of Portugal.
Vale das Lobas is a model for rural regeneration, based on a holistic approach. The goals are to restore health, revitalise community and regenerate biodiversity. This valley once had a vibrant community, where the land was well managed and provided an abundance of produce and materials. The Vale das Lobas initiatives are transforming this beautiful valley into a haven for discovery and nature-based activities, and this regeneration is encouraging people to return to the area.
The funds raised through this campaign will support the completion of the construction projects, to establish all-year-round sustainable tourism, based on a membership model, that will support repeat visits. The investments include:
Construction of tourism facilities began in 2019. The iconic Lagar da Ribeira is home to the farm-to-table Restaurant and Pub, with its riverside gardens and terraces. The Camping Park is situated in an ancient olive grove next door. These two facilities will be open to receive guests in September 2022. The Grand Opening of the Nature Spa will be a little later, in December 2022, and members and visitors will be welcomed for personalized health retreats, courses, and conferences.
All facilities are being constructed with the highest standards of natural building, using local materials, including earth, granite, lime, cork, and wood. Vale das Lobas extensively uses renewable energy resources and recycling water and waste. This includes geothermal heating, photovoltaic panels, and a highly innovative micro vortex turbine system to generate electricity.
The water in the Nature Spa is supplied by ancient water mines:
Organic Farm-to-Table Restaurant in the old Lagar da Ribeira:
The promotor has something to offer to investors:
Hectares for biodiversity
The overall investment required to complete the construction is €747,300 euros. 80% of this investment will come from an incentive called Linha de Apoio a Qualificação da Oferta, which is supported by Turismo de Portugal. The other 20% - €150.000 is expected to be raised through GoParity's investment community.
Vale das Lobas is supported by strong financial partners:
First revenues for the company will come after opening the Restaurant and Camping Park (September 2022). The facilities at Vale das Lobas will be available all year round, responding to the needs of a whole spectrum of visitors, from the youngest to the oldest, where the unifying characteristic is the love for Nature.
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Vale das Lobas, Lda. is a tourism purpose-driven social enterprise. As a more-than-profit company, the promotor sees profitability as creating long-term security and sustainability, conferring trust, and allowing the realisation of the missions, goals, and objectives. All interventions in the Vale (valley) have been carefully designed to integrate ancestral traditions with innovation, using sustainable construction, regenerative agriculture, natural medicine, and artisanal crafts. The company owns 60 hectares of land, including a 300-year-old chestnut forest, forest gardens, botanical gardens, olive groves, and agricultural land.
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Vale das Lobas has a uniquely holistic approach, offering well-being and nature tourism, adventure and discovery tourism, gastronomic and artisanal experiences, and festivals and events. Each of these tourism threads are growing strongly in the global market, and the combination will place Vale das Lobas in a unique position in the market, as the go-to venue for Nature-based vacations in the interior of Portugal. The promotor expects the membership packages to encourage repeat visits and a growing sense of community.
Vale das Lobas has 8 full-time employees and a range of contractors and consultants. The number of direct employees is set to increase to 40+ by the end of 2022.
Meet the Team:
Tony Conway, Founder
Physician and Environmentalist with over 30 years of experience of practicing and teaching Natural and Holistic Medicine, and running a Well-Being Centre in UK.
Dino Schmitz, Director
Proven track record in senior management positions with focus on operations, commercial management and project management, entrepreneur and business owner.
Artur Gomes, Executive Chef
Experience as executive chef in Michelin star restaurant. Intern at Noma Fermentation Lab (Copenhagen). Finalist of the Region Portugal and Spain in the San Pellegrino Young Chef of the Year 2015.
Nature-based tourism is a trend gaining new adherents every year. An increasing number of people are traveling in order to educate themselves about health, ecology, and sustainability, and to be more empowered, and connected with nature.
Vale das Lobas offers personalized well-being retreats and therapeutic consultations, quality accommodation from budget to luxury, a spa with natural mineral water and vortex treatment, courses and conferences, farm-to-table restaurants with local organic food, and numerous discovery pursuits (hiking, cycling, horse riding). Visitors can become a member of Vale das Lobas and benefit from exclusive access and discounts on experiences. Vale das Lobas will become synonymous with regeneration, sustainability, and holistic health as the company develops a strong brand identity around the magical healing characteristics of Nature.
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The crowdlending amount was reduced from 150.000€ to 125.000€.
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