Discover the Serra d'Arga
Serra d’Arga is a protected area which rises to nearly 900 metres. For the more energetic, there are a number of way-marked trails taking walkers through majestic scenerypassing lagoons and waterfalls and different types of fauna, such as the Iberian frog and the Garrano horses which roam freely in the mountain. In the heart of the Serra lie 8 villages which still preserve their local traditions and architecture.
Spend a day lazing on the sands
on the beach in chic Moledo just over 1 km from the house. When you feel the need for some refreshment, a number a smart snack bars lie just behind the beach and form the ideal setting for having a drink whilst looking out to sea and watching the world go by.
Visit historic Braga
.....The city that will get to heaven first. The cathedral is the seat of the Primate of all Portugal and his magnificent palace is at the heart of the town.
Visit the Aqua Museum in Vila Nova de Cerveira
where in large tanks you can see simulations of the River Minho, from its source near Lugo in Galicia to its mouth at Caminha, and get to know the various species of fish and animals which inhabit the river. .
Spend a day in 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 leisurely river trip along the Lima River
from the Pier near Largo 5 de outubro in Viana do Castelo. There are shorter trips of around 45 minutes or you can take a longer trip which includes lunch. There are also river trips along the River Minho.
One of the best beaches....
The beach at nearby Caminha, Foz do Minho, sits at the mouth of the Minho River and is sheltered from the offshore breezes by pine woods. The beach has views over the Celtic hill fort of Santa Tecla on the other side of the river in Spain. If you get peckish the restaurant on the beach serves up hearty Portuguese fare and the pine trees provide shade for an after lunch doze!
Hop over to Spain
A ferry runs between Caminha and A Guarda in Spain or cross the river on the bridge from Vila Nova da Cerveira. A Guarda is regarded as one of the best places in Galicia to try seafood. Then visit the Celtic village of Santa Tecla at the top of the hill beside A Guarda - there are some great views.
Feel closer to nature in the National Park of Peneda-Geres.
Drive for miles through the largely undiscovered beautiful mountain scenery of this stunning area of natural beauty. Whilst you are unlikely to meet another car, watch out for the mountain goats, who have right of way!
Monçao - to take the waters
Monçao, inland to the east of Valença, is a pretty town overlooking the Minho, with several old houses and a spa whose waters are believed to help the aches and pain of rheumatism. They also produce the well-known local Alvarinho wine here, so it's well worth a visit!
Take a trip back in time
at the Medieval Fair held at the end of July in Caminha. Costumes, music, food, dancing, horse shows and theatrical displays - everything goes Medieval in this delightful town for these few days. There are lots of arts and crafts to look at or buy too. This is one of the best festivals in Portugal!
The people of the Alto Minho still continue with many ancients handicrafts passed down through generations. Viana do Castelo is renowned for its colourfully embroidered festival dresses, lace and pottery. But almost everywhere you can visit small artesanal workshops where weaving, basketwork, lacework, wood carving and toys are still made using traditional methods.
Explore the charming fortress town of Valenca
A short drive north of the house, this delightful border town is steeped in history. Drive through the ancient archway that leads the way through the impressive walls that encircle the old quarter to discover cobbled streets and a delightful range of shops selling the beautifully embroidered towels and linen for which the town is famous
Stroll around the streets of Caminha
Walk around the narrow cobbled streets of Caminha to discover some of the beautiful old stone houses, many built over a century ago. Some have the family's coat of arms engraved into the walls, while others are adorned with attractive tiles and have wonderful old wooden doors or iron gates.
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 lightly sparkling and very tasty wine of the region.
Take the train from Moledo to Viana do Castelo
Travel along the scenic railway line then explore the beautiful city of Viana do Castelo. The historical centre is mostly pedestrianised and is where most of the best buildings and shops are to be found. Take the elevator up to the Basilica of Santa Luzia which was inspired by the Sacré Coeur in Paris. From the basilica there are spectacular views of the city and the beach.
at the beach of Afife and spend a day in the water on this lovely unspoilt coastline, a much sought after spot for keen surfers. Moledo beach is another top spot for surfers.
Take a boat ride with the local fishermen
from Foz do Minho (Mouth of the Minho) which lies just 5 km south-west of Caminha. Local fishermen are on hand to take tourists to the ruined island fortress of Ínsua Fort, which houses a former Franciscan convent and church where the cloisters and chapel can still be seen.
Spend an evening on Moledo beach
and watch the beautiful sunsets, either from its pristine sands or from a terrace of one of the smart coffee bars that lie just behind the waterfront.
Picnic by the river
The winding River Coura meanders down to Caminha and offers many delightful spots for picnicking. In Paredes da Coura there are areas to dive and safe pools for children.
Wander round the old village of Moledo
Explore the cobbled streets of this old village and admire the views and the interesting architecture. It's a great way to meet the friendly neighbours too!
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