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We are an off-grid riverside campsite in central Portugal where the emphasis is very much on socialising with fellow travellers and campers.

Gaio Camping is in the foothills of the Estrela Mountains. Lack of light pollution makes the night sky in this area spectacular. We have two 3m geodomes for rent and pitches for tents.

We are completely off grid with a large solar system and solar showers. Gaio is on a floodplain and so the whole site is dismantled and packed away for the winter. Much like a festival crew, we pack everything down and store it and clear the ground down to the last bottle top!

The site has been described as having a festival atmosphere.

The site is on the River Alva and includes a wildflower-covered meadow and a beautiful black walnut grove. The river is the perfect temperature for swimming and vital in the summer months to cool off.

We have a large kitchen/entertainment dome where we have regular live music and lots of laughter. Delicious meals can be booked in advance and breakfast is available every day.

Dogs are more than welcome.

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Charging facilities

Dump station

Propane/gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy




Hikers’ paradise

Spectacular scenery

Wild camping

Wildlife haven

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Convenience store nearby

Nearby farmers' market

Leisure on park

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool


Recreation room/arcade



TV room


Amenities on park

Bath available

Drying room

Free wifi

Grocery store

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Local produce

Parent & baby washroom


Pick-up from public transport


Shower available

Tents for hire

Washing-up area

Wheelchair access


Camping 2.0

Geodesic domes

Pre-erected tents

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Horseback riding nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Watersports nearby


Barbecue grills allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year

Groups welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome


Small (11-25 sites)


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  • Vira Milho, Largo do chiado, Barril de Alva, Coimbra, Portugal, 3305-020
  • Timezone Europe/Lisbon +0000 (GMT+00:00)   GPS 40.2959°N 7.9576°W


The nearest town is Coja.

Buses from Porto and Lisbon go to Coimbra. Change there and take a bus to Coja, or a train to Santa Combidao.

When you get there, please give us a call and we will come and pick you up.

By car, please follow directions to Coja and then head north towards Barril de Alva on the M517.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

The nearest city to our site is Coimbra, known as the 'Oxford of Portugal' and the oldest university city in Europe.

The Estrela Mountains are rugged and covered in pine and eucalyptus. Forestry tracks ensure you can get virtually everywhere 'off-road' and there are 4x4 tours and canoeing down the river with a guide both available.

We find that guests stay on site for the most part, as there is always something happening in the big dome.

We like our guests to meet each other and we encourage mingling, believing that a camping holiday is made by the folk who meet round the campfire.

  • Does Gaio Camping have a swimming pool? No View all features
  • Is Gaio Camping dog friendly? Yes View all features
  • What attractions are near Gaio Camping? The nearest city to our site is Coimbra, known as the 'Oxford of Portugal' and the oldest university city in Europe. The Estrela Mountains are rugged and covered in pine and eucalyptus. ... Read more
  • When can I check in and check out of Gaio Camping?
    RV, trailer and tent sites
    Arrive:  10 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  9 a.m.
    On-park accommodation
    Arrive:  10 a.m. –  8 p.m.
    Depart by:  9 a.m.
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Additional terms

Dogs must be well-behaved.

If you book breakfast, please let Lynn know any dietary requirements.

We do not have any special terms: just come and enjoy your holiday.