Soak up fantastic views over the historic port of Viana do Castelo
by taking the funicular to the church of Santa Luzia. If you do not suffer from vertigo, climb the dome and look out from the very top.
at the beach of Afife and spend a day in the water on this fantastic stretch of unspoilt coastline, a much sought after spot for keen surfers.
Spend a day lazing on the sands
of one of the many fantastic stretches of dune-backed beaches that lie just a 20 minute drive away from the house.
Sample the local port wine
in the port wine lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia, just the other side of the Douro river from Porto. There are numerous lodges here, including Taylors, Sandeman's and Grahams and most of them offer tastings and tours.
Whilst in Oporto, take the Open Top Tour bus
for a fabulous view of all the best landmarks and an overview for orientation of the city. A chance to rest your feet after a hard morning of sightseeing!
Cross Oporto's two-level iron bridge
which was designed by Monsieur Gustav Eiffel and then watch the world go by whilst taking an aperitif in a pavement cafe in the charming riverside area close to Cais da Ribeira.
Explore the steep, higgledy-piggledy, tiny streets of the Barredo quarter
in Oporto that tumble down from the cathedral to the quayside of the River Douro.
Visit the World Heritage City of Oporto.
Take a while to absorb the sights and sounds of this unique city abd then visit the caves where port is left to age to sample yourself this world famous drink. You could also visit the Planetarium to plot some of those stars you have been watching.
For fantastic views over the nearby port of Viana do Castelo
take the funicular to the church of Santa Luzia. If you do not suffer from vertigo, climb the dome and look out from the very very top.
Follow the Vinho Verde Wine Trail
along the banks of the Minho Valley which passes between undulating hills covered with the vines which produce the light sparkling and very tasty wine of the region.
Fresh orange juice for breakfast
Step into the garden and pick a fresh orange from the tree to squeeze for some delicious juice with your breakfast - or any time of day!
Nothing but nature in the National Park of Peneda-Geres
Drive for miles through the largly undiscovered beautiful mountain scenery of this stunning area of natural beauty. Whilst you are unlikely to meet a car, watch out for the mountain goats, who have right of way!
at the challenging 18 hole course in Ponte de Lima, a short drive from the house.
Fish your own dinner
Just to the north of Ponte de Lima, not far from Casa da Cuquinha, in Arcozelo there is a fish farm where visitors are lent rods and tackle and can catch their own supper. The trout is either grilled on the spot or you can take it home to cook yourself. In delightful pretty spot, the farm is open all day every day and has a cafe which also serves local specialities.
Visit Ponte de Lima, one of Portugal's oldest towns
Spreading lazily along the tree-line banks of the river Lima, this is a beautiful town, with fine buildings and pretty cobbled squares. Visit on a Monday morning and you may be fortunate enough to witness the local market, which is held on the sandy river beach every other week.
Take a Walk.......
Stroll along the pretty cobbled lanes of the village and its surrounding countryside.
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