Relax in one of the waterfront cafes in Seixas
before wandering around the colourful stalls of the local market, which is held in the village every Saturday.
Take the local train down the coast to Porto
The single track local service plods down the coast between Seixas and Porto 5 times daily in the summer months calling at all 27 villages enroute.
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 another country - Spain!
Drive for 5 minutes down the coast to the pretty waterside town of Caminha, from where a car ferry 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 a day lazing on the beach
on the lovely golden sands of the chic coastal village of Moledo, just below Caminha. 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 the tiny harbour at Vila Praia de Ancora
and 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.
Have dinner at a waterfront restaurant in Vila Praia de Ancora
and watch the surfboarders with the rosy sun setting on the horizon behind them.
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
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!
Go to Market.
Go early to the big Wednesday market in Caminha, wander round the stalls which sell everything you can imagine, mingle with the locals and soak up the atmosphere.
When it is time for a rest and a coffee
find a café on the square Largo do Terreiro with its charming fountain, overlooked by a clock tower. A delightful spot.
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.
at the challenging 18 hole course in Ponte de Lima
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. The town is the birthplace of the 'Galo de Barcelos', the small cockerel, which is widely represented in traditional ceramic throughout the country and will no doubt be found on one of the stalls.
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 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.
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