ABC News and other media have recently highlighted sleeping in a giant wine barrel at the Wine House Hotel in Lamego, Portugal, but do you know about other cool and unusual places where you can spend the night?
1. A windmill from the 18thcentury
If you have ever wondered what it would be like to sleep in a windmill, well in Portugal you can for as little as $100 (90€) per night. Moinho da Sentais an updated windmill from the 18thcentury that can accommodate up to four people, located just 1-hour north from Lisbon, in the Natural Park of Aire and Candeeiros Natural Park Mountains. In a traditional and secluded setting, this 1-bedroom windmill is equipped with a kitchenette, one full bathroom and a fireplace. On the top floor there is a large panoramic window overlooking the mountains, and a living room with a pullout sofa. Moinho da Senta is perfect for those looking for a quiet natural getaway, and it is close to hiking in the mountains.
2. A bubble in the mountain to sleep and stargaze
Fall asleep while counting the stars inside a transparent bubble in the Portuguese countryside. Located in the Malcata Mountains, between the city of Castelo Branco and the Spanish border, Moinho de Maneio is a small rural tourism operator offering the dreamy experience of sleeping under the stars. Standing on top of a wooden platform and surrounded by trees for extra privacy, the bubble is an inflated round tent with nothing but a double bed and nightstand inside. A bathroom is available in a nearby wooden shelter and guests can also access the bathroom in the main complex. And to complete the off-the-grid stay, breakfast can be served inside the bubble upon request. Rates start at $112 (100 €).