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I am currently looking at property in the South West and hoping to start up a small scale Eco lodge.
We have seen a few suitable property's with land and would like to put 2/3 Yurts, caravans or log cabin's on the land with regards to starting up a small tourist business.
We would like to be as self sufficient & Eco friendly as possible. Would love to hear from anyone that could give any advice or helpful information with regard to starting this type of business.
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Many people want or do do this, but if you want to be legal then it is not an easy matter, the big stumbling block is land designation, this type of project by it's nature requires Rustica or farm land and it is extremely difficult to get the correct permissions for yurts etc also virtually impossible to legally run services like water, electricity and drainage.

Reserve/Ecological & Agro Florastal land very very unlikely to get permission for anything

Urban land or building land can be built but also attracts a premium because you can built but yurts still difficult.

So it comes down to people doing it "off grid" or going through the bureaucracy of a full blown "project for tourism"

The Government has stated this year that it is actively going to enforce current laws on "AL" licencing (holiday let licences) and the Algarve is always in the spotlight for this type of thing.

I suggest you speak to the Regional Tourist Authorities and get some idea on what type of project would be likely to succeed, costs and how you go about it before committing yourself to a purchase

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Hi canoeman

Thanks very much for the reply. The property's we are currently interested in are near Algarve's West coast. They are not farmland but not sure if they will be classed as rustica. I know there are a couple of similar ventures near buy, and also a couple of campsites in the area. The property's are both habitable and come with several acres of land. We want to keep is as low impact as possible and do what we can to improve the land.
We want to do everything by the book and get all relevant permission. So I guess the regional Tourist authorities will be my first port of call.
I have also read there are E.U grants available for sustainable living projects, which is also something I need to look into.

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Sustainable living will be for individuals not a venture like yours, grants you'll be on a hiding to nothing, because of time they take, terms, restrictions etc, the other problem you'd need to buy first and then keep your fingers crossed you might get a grant, question is what do you do if unsuccessful?
Better to approach Region and see what you might be able to do and how.

If you have similar nearby suggest you check if they are legal and if so how, it would make your project easier, if they're not legal that that'll also will tell you something.

Ask to see Caderneta's it'll state on there what the land designation is, if it's several acres of land then the odds are that a small % would be Urbana where the houses are and the rest Rustica
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The grant's were just something we were going to look into but will have no bearing on our decision.

Not sure how I find out if the other places are legit but they all have websites and advertise through reputable tourism websites.

Am trying to track down the contact details for the Regional tourist authorities in the hope that they can shed some light on the situation..

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Just because they advertise through reputable sites or have web sites means nothing I'm afraid, it's whether they're licensed to operate with authorities. If they are then it's in their interest to publish that on their websites

This is Portugal Official Tourist site Portal Oficial do Turismo de Portugal

what you really need are the regional authorities for Algarv afraid I've nothing bookmarked fot that area

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Have been told the local Camara is who I need to speak to. I have found contact details for the area we are looking to buy. Might have to contact a solicitor or someone who can correspond for us due to the language barrier.

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Regional help always useful when Camara might not be sympathetic with your plans, means you know what might be possible and how to apply.

Are you familiar with Camara PDM's the master plan for land designation, development etc useful
All Camaras have web sites some better than others this is Vala do Bispo

Cāmara Municipal de Vila do Bispo for any Camara replace name betwwen - & . with Camara name, no gaps, no accents, lower case

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Cāmara Municipal de Aljezur Is the area we are looking at.. Was thinking of using google translate to correspond but don't know how eligible it will turn out.
Will be flying out in 3 weeks time for second viewings on a few property's. Might be worth a visit to their offices to see if I can get any information face to face.

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Person to person, Portuguese very bad a answering emails

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