Take a Walk.......
Stroll along the pretty cobbled lanes of the village and its surrounding countryside.
Anyone for Badminton?
Have a game of badminton on the lower lawn.
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.
In July visit the Ponte de Lima Summer Festival of Opera and Classical Music
......fast becoming one of Europe's top cultural events. Performances take place in several venues including historic manor houses, local churches and the Teatro Diogo Bernardes, a 19th century theatre in Ponte de Lima.
Fish your own dinner
Just to the north of Ponte de Lima, not far from Casa da Cuca, 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.
at the challenging 18 hole course in Ponte de Lima, a short drive from the house.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you visited Casa da Cuca?
Click here to suggest a Great Thing you've done nearby ...