If you can tear yourself away from the sumptuous comfort of the poolside, go for a wander around the village and stop for a drink at the local bar.
Mix with the locals.
Head off early to the big Monday market in Caminha. It is a joy just to wander around the stalls, which sell everything you can imagine, to mingle with the locals and soak up the atmosphere.
Fancy a coffee?
When you're ready for a coffee, find a café on the square at Largo do Terreiro with its charming fountain, overlooked by a clock tower. A delightful spot.
See another country - Spain!
From Caminha, hop on the car ferry which makes frequent trips across the small stretch of water that separates the north of Portugal from Galicia. This is a fun way to reach this beautiful corner of Spain, which boasts some superb beaches and is renowned for the quality of its seafood.
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.
Visit the tiny harbour of Vila Praia de Ancora
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
Witness a local 'feste' (festival)
in the harbour of Vila Praia de Ancora on the 20th August when the fishermen take their Saint 'Senhora da Agonia' out to sea an ask for her blessing upon their fishing nets and their boats for their sons who earn a living at the sea.
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
For fantastic views across the historic 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. Then head into the town and wander around the fascinating embroidery shops for which the town is famous
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
Nothing but 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!
Shop for ceramics
in the colourful Thursday market that is held in Barcelos. This is the largest market in Portugal, and is held every Thursday in a vast open square in the centre of the town. The town is the birthplace of the 'Galo de Barcelos', the small cockeral, which is widely represented in traditional ceramic throughout the country and will no doubt be found on one of the stalls.
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.
Go to the opera
in July, when the Ponte de Lima Summer Festival of Opera and Classical Music is held, something that is 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.
on Ponte de Lima's challenging 18 hole course.
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.
Walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims
up the steps of Bom Jesus do Monte, 3kms east of Braga. Set in the woods high above the city, this glorious ornamental stairway of granite is a monumental homage and is the object of devoted pilgrimage, where penitents climb up the steps on their knees.
Set aside a day to visit this UNESCO World Heritage City. Will a day be enough time to fit in visits to the Planetarium to plot some of those stars you have been watching, to walk down the steep higgledy piggledy tiny streets that tumble down to the River Douro, to walk across the iron bridge built by Monsieur Gustav Eiffel and to visit the port caves and try that famous drink? Rest your feet and take the Open Top Tour bus for a fabulous view of all the best landmarks.
Visit the port wine lodges
at 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
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