Figs On The Funcho

Sustainable Tourism

sustainable tourism
Cleaning up the mess left in our beautiful natural environments

Promoting Sustainable and Responsible Tourism

We take pride in promoting responsible tourism and environmental stewardship. To minimize any negative impact on the local culture and environment while maintaining respect for the surroundings and local communities, we provide our visitors with suggestions and guidance. It is our collective responsibility to ensure the preservation of our natural resources for future generations.

To actively contribute to environmental conservation, we adopt various practices within our operations. We actively reduce and, whenever feasible, reuse household waste and paper. Moreover, we strongly encourage our guests to reduce their use of plastic water bottles by bringing reusable ones during their stay. Together, we can significantly reduce single-use plastic consumption.

We are committed to creating a positive environmental impact and educating our visitors about the importance of environmental sensitivity. It is crucial that we all familiarize ourselves with the rules of the countryside, including staying on designated paths, maintaining minimal noise levels, observing wildlife from a respectful distance, preserving plants, and leaving no trace of our presence. These small but meaningful actions can prevent unintentional harm to local ecosystems.

We kindly request hikers to respect private property and remain on the marked trails. Additionally, we encourage kindness and respect towards local residents, whose cooperation and support contribute to a harmonious coexistence. If you come across damaged signs during your hikes, we appreciate it if you could photograph them and report the issue to us. By working together, we can ensure a pleasant experience for all and aid in maintaining the integrity of our surroundings.

During our walks around the picturesque barragem Funcho and its surrounding areas, we take proactive measures to preserve the natural beauty and protect the local ecosystem. As responsible stewards of the environment, we actively collect floating debris and litter that may have been left behind, including plastic water bottles, disposable masks, plastic bags, and even discarded appliances. These actions are essential in safeguarding the well-being of the water life and ensuring the cleanliness of our surroundings.

Renewable Energy

At our accommodation, we are proud to prioritize sustainability by harnessing the power of renewable energy. Through our solar panels, we generate hot water, reducing our reliance on conventional energy sources and minimizing our environmental footprint.

Our Green Garden Initiatives at Figs on the Funcho

To exemplify our commitment to becoming a responsible and sustainable destination, we’ve cultivated a variety of trees, including almond, pomegranate, apple, pear, orange, lemon, and lime. Additionally, we’ve established a medronho hedge, with the fruit of this tree, known as the strawberry tree, playing a significant role in the creation of Portugal’s iconic fruit brandy, Medronho, often referred to as Portugal’s firewater. Cheryl’s vision extends beyond the drink; she aspires to draw wildlife with the tree’s beautiful blossoms and striking red, strawberry-like fruits.

Furthermore, we’re in the process of developing a vegetable garden, where we nurture sweet potatoes, spinach, beetroots, cucumbers, onions, lettuce, courgettes, and a diverse array of herbs. The garden serves as a source for these fresh ingredients, enhancing the culinary experiences we offer during our holidays. Notably, lemongrass tea has become a favourite, enriching our guests’ tea-drinking experiences.

Owl nesting box
Owl nesting box in our cork oak tree

Bird-Friendly Eco Initiatives and Creative Tourism Beyond the Beaches of Algarve

In collaboration with Vita Nativa, an organisation dedicated to eco-friendly projects in the Algarve, we’ve incorporated bird nesting boxes, nurturing habitats for a diverse array of species, from the charming little owls to vibrant blue tits, hoopoes, and starlings. Explore our press articles to learn more about about Cheryl’s bird watching journey at Figs on the Funcho and tips about installing your own nest box and our bird nesting discoveries or to learn more about this collaboration, we invite you to delve into the featured chapter of “A New Life in Algarve Portugal.”

Beyond the traditional allure of sun, surf, and sand, our establishment focuses on a diverse range of tourist attractions and activities that go beyond typical experiences. By participating in these offerings, you can engage with local social projects that directly or indirectly benefit the host community. Additionally, we encourage you to visit Loule, a vibrant destination where creative tourism flourishes. Discover traditional crafts such as palm weaving, tile painting, pottery and the copper shop where artisans can work together.

hand-painted pottery
Portugal’s Hand-Painted Pottery

Celebrating Local Heritage and Supporting the Community

We encourage our visitors to purchase local, handmade or locally produced crafts by visiting nearby villages where we can promote the local heritage, architecture, culture, arts, crafts, tradition and gastronomy of our region. We enjoy meals in local family owned restaurants and we support local income by employing local guides, art tutors and cleaners from our area.

Produce used to prepare meals are locally sourced and where possible from our local village market. Even the honey served at breakfast is purchased from our local beekeepers who also tend to our lovely garden. Olive oil produced in our local area is used in our kitchen. The towels in our bathrooms and the linen used to make up the beds are made in Portugal.

Fostering Community Well-Being and Prosperity Through Travel

Positive impact within communities can manifest in various ways, such as the creation of job opportunities for painting tutors and artisans specializing in creative arts like tile painting. This, in turn, contributes to an improved quality of life for local residents and generates economic prosperity within the region.

At our establishment, we prioritize supporting the local community and enhancing their well-being. Exploring our Things to Do page when planning your trip will help you discover a selection of pre-trip suggestions. These recommendations aim to not only enrich your experience but also provide significant benefits to the community.