"Once you arrive you will find peace, happiness and a tree house."



Rooms: Casas da Cerca encompasses only three little houses where guests can stay. They were built by architect and owner Graça Jalles as a reflection of her own life, which was mostly spent travelling. Her project, Casas da Cerca, is where she finds peace and feels at home. The houses’ interiors are rather spare, but comfortable nonetheless and they contain everything you need. Electricity is generated through solar energy which means that this is also an eco-friendly vacation home. Our house, Casa do Pomar had a little plunge pool in front too, which is obviously great for kids.


Specials: What is special about this place is its location, which is literally the middle of nowhere. The remoteness of this place allows you to truly unwind and recharge your batteries. Remarkably, fresh bread was somehow still delivered to us every morning. On arrival you ought to follow Craca’s directions or you might end up like us on our first attempt – taking a wrong turn and driving through what felt like a deep jungle. But once you arrive you will find peace, happiness and a tree house.




Casas da Cerca lies within the national park "Parque Natural do Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina," which is one of the best preserved European coastlines. This pocket of land is inhabited by many special animals and plants, so that hiking and exploring feels like a wonderland. The beaches are also highly popular with surfers. Getting from your residence to the nearest town, Odemira for example, is only a matter of twenty minutes by car. 

To find out more about Portugal check out our Local Soulmates' travel guides.





Find it: this little gem is very well hidden


Have a picnic in the tree house


Have a BBQ and listen to the interesting stories of the owner and architect


Watch the wildlife while relaxing in the hammock under the cork trees



  • Where?

  • Alentejo
  • How many rooms?

  • 3 apartments
  • Best of?

  • Happy remoteness!
  • Pricerange?

  • € - €€

A sunny start into another beautiful day in the Portuguese outback.

Relax in the hammock and cuddle with your loved ones as much as possible.

Having a blast at the plunge pool in front of the Casa do Pomar, one of the three little houses.

Have a great barbecue in the evening!

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The cork oak trees and cut wheat fields make this a typically idyllic picture of the Alentejo summer landscape.

Chilling next to the pool, enjoying the shade and the tranquility.

Sleeping baby listening to the chirping crickets, a truly peaceful moment.

Magical morning light!

The beach, the ocean, the wind and the sun - my recipe for happiness!

Beach time with the kids.

Portugal’s steep coast offers an endless variety of wonderful beaches.

This is where the accommodation Casas da Cerca is hidden. The area offers a very special atmosphere.

Staying here feels like living a circus life - bohemian, wild and free!

The impressive nature of the national park, where the Casas da Cerca is located in, makes the stay even more exciting.

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Wandering through the fields, picking flowers, enjoying the lightness of being.

Graça Jalles, the owner, architect, head and soul of the project Casas da Cerca.

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Where to find us


Unnamed Road, 7630-174 São Luís, Portugal

Nearest Airport

Faro Airport
Ca. 2 h by car


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