If you follow a winding road down into the leafy valley of Carrapateira, you'll arrive at a unique Portuguese hideaway: Monte da Vilarinha. It's basically ten family-friendly living units, spread between three different houses, each with high bamboo-and-beam ceilings and terracotta-tiled floors. It's fine dining next to the outdoor swimming pool, with nothing but the sounds of nature to accompany you. During the day, you can go hiking, biking, or horseback riding, or you could stay at Monte da Vilarinha to get to know the local cat.
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Cat pictures by Claudia Mannes