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We moved to Central Portugal in August 2012.  We bought a 3 hectare quinta with 270 olive trees and lots of fruit trees it is heaven!  We had been travelling around Europe for a year in our landrover helping others in exchange for food and accommodation through a website called Workaway.  We fell in love with Portugal the moment we arrived and found our dream land near Penamacor near the Spanish border.

We have been living off grid having installed our own solar, using water from our wells for washing and collecting drinking water from the local fonte. We spent the first year renovating the large barn into living accommodation and built 2 large wooden platforms and put 2 x 6 metre tipis up for friends and family.  We became hosts with Workaway and most of the people who came to help ended up buying land in this area as it is still very affordable.  We are building a wonderful community of like-minded people :-). We are now renovating our a beautiful 300 year old stone house that came with the land and already have bookings for the  summer.

If anyone is interested in finding out more we have a website and would love people to come and see what we have done, share our knowledge and experience.