Moinhos do Dão – Eco Quinta is a historic mill complex on the Dão river where residents, guests and participants share in the experience of living immersed in nature. The old Miller’s house, the mills and barns have been restored and now house several rustic guest and residency quarters and the terraced terrain provides space for camping. Our river beach and various areas around the quinta provide an ideal natural space for exploring and relaxing.
The river valley and surrounding hills are home to a wide variety of flora and fauna like many different kinds of ferns, oak woodlands, lavender patches and animals such as the metallic-blue King Fisher bird, various raptors and river otters. The focus on living in harmony with nature plays a key role in the way life is lived at MdD and we want to share the experience with our guests and residents.
We run a residency program for artists and ecologists, organize activities such as workshops and yoga sessions and are part of an environmental initiative called CuidaDão to protect and celebrate nature in the Dão valley.
We offer guests services such as: a self-guided hikes, vegetables and herbs from our biological garden, in depth information about cultural trips, and information about wine tasting, to name a few. Our restaurant serves a ‘Portuguese & World Menu’ and uses produce from our garden, regional, and seasonal products for vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals
The Beira Alta region, is still defined by rural Portuguese life as it has been for ages and MdD is an ideal spot if you want to explore the ‘old Portugal’ and visit historic villages, cities, markets and wineries. Daytrips can be made to for instance the Serra da Estrella (highest mountains of Portugal), the Atlantic Ocean, Coimbra or Porto which are all within a 1 – 1.5 hours drive distance.