What if we told you that one of your child’s games could come true? Did you know you can already enjoy a houseboat? No, it’s not a lie! A Portuguese startup, incubated at the Pedro Nunes Institute in Coimbra and led by PhD Fernando Seabra Santos founded, in 2012, developed a floating house. This way you can enjoy on a fantastic tour of the Douro. This company is called Friday and according to its owner this name is because “this is the most interesting day of the week, the day when everything is still possible”.
This project already has clients on several continents, from African to Asian, of course through Europe. The first floating residence takes place in the Douro and results from three years of testing a prototype that took place in Alqueva (Alentejo).
This houseboat has been in the news in various international media. Notably at Nomadic Homes (Germany) which elected it as one of the most beautiful floating houses in the world.
Floatwing can be found docked at Resende marina. The daily prices range from 300 to 500 euros, this price includes onboard catering, sightseeing skipper and airport transfers. In addition to renting for a holiday, anyone who wants to buy a floating house the purchase price is between 74 thousand and 270 thousand euros. However, this house is fully customizable and transportable.
And you must be wondering what the characteristics of this house are and what you can enjoy when using it. The Floatwing or any other house made by Friday is 6 meters wide (this is not customizable) and the length may vary from 10 to 18 meters. This house produces 80% of its energy due to its photovoltaic panels and has a range of 7 days. It also has wastewater treatment.
The house you can find in the Douro waters is 14 meters long. Has a living room of 25 square meters, fully equipped kitchen, full bathroom, two bedrooms (one with double bed and one with bunk bed), a solarium deck and terrace. The interior area may vary from 28 m² to 52 m² and the number of rooms can be up to 3 double rooms. In addition to a fully equipped kitchen.
You can also enjoy the hottest days with an air conditioning system, barbecue and thermal insulation. It is a house developed with environmentally friendly materials and with a reduced ecological footprint.