Casa Alegra
Great things to do near Casa Alegra
At dusk..
sit on the patio and enjoy the sun as it sets on the horizon.


And in the morning..
pop down to the local shop for some fresh bread and freshly squeezed orange juice to eat on your terrace for breakfast.


Spend a day lazing on the sands
on the beach in chic Moledo about 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.


Explore the historic village of Moledo
Explore the cobbled streets of this quaint and historic village, admiring the views and interesting architecture. It's a great way to meet the friendly neighbours too!


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 at weekends to take tourists to the ruined island fortress of Insua Fort, which houses a former Franciscan convent and church where the cloisters and chapel can still be seen.


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. .


Visit the tiny harbour of Vila Praia de Ancora
the next coastal town just a short drive down the coast. For a gastronomic feast, be sure to buy some of the fresh fish you will see being landed there to cook on your barbecue at home


Climb up to Monte de Calvario in Praia de Ancora
for superb views over the town and miles of coastline. There are wide steps here which lead up to the chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes and the wooded hilltop is filled with beautifully scented Mimosa. Paths trail through the trees leading to some lovely spots for picnics. There is also a little café and a small parking area if you prefer to drive up.


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!


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.


Wander through the market
on a Wednesday morning in Caminha . It is a joy just to browse the colourful stalls which sell everything you can imagine and to watch the crowds shopping. The town itself is charming, situated on the waterfront with an attractive central square and some very ornate buildings.


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.


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 scenery passing 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.


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.


Messing About on the River...
Enjoy one of several spots on the River Ancora where crystal clear water tumbles into rock pools, ideal for safe swimming and messing about on the river - fun for all the family!


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.


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.


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!


Souvenir hunting....
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.


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.


Water sports on the rivers
With stunning, mountainous scenery and clean, fast flowing rivers the north of Portugal is particularly popular for white water rafting and hydrospeeding. The Rio Minho is ideal for beginners, while canyoning is available around Melgaco - but not for the fainthearted!


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.


Treat yourself to a delicious pastry..
Portuguese pastries are unlike any others in Europe, particularly the tartas de nata (custard tarts). One of the most well-known cake shops in the area is Docelandia in Caminha. Their pastries are renowned and the pastry chefs are award winners, so if you have a sweet tooth this is the place for you!


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