Spend an evening in one of the waterfront restaurants in Vila Praia de Ancora.
and watch the surfboarders with the rosy sun setting on the horizon behind them.
Visit the tiny harbour of Vila Praia de Ancora.
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.
Go early to the big Wednesday market in Caminha
a joy just to wander around the stalls selling everything you can imagine and to watch the crowds shopping.
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.
Take the car ferry from Caminha to La Guardia in Spain. Crossings are every hour for a few euros.
Visit the Peneda-Geres National Park
an area of outstanding natural beauty, where you may spot the endangered royal eagle or catch a glimpse of an otter.
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.
On 20 August
go down to the harbour at Praia de Ancora and witness the fishermen take their Saint 'Senhora da Agonia' out to sea asking for her blessing upon their fishing nets and their boats for their sons who earn a living at the sea.
Set aside a day to visit the World Heritage city of Oporto.
Visit the Planetarium to plot some of those stars you have been watching. Walk down the steep higgledy-piggledy, tiny streets that tumble down to the river Douro. Cross the iron bridge built by Monsieur Eiffel. Visit the port caves to try that famous drink. Then rest your feet and take the Open Top Tour bus for a fabulous view of all the best landmarks.
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.
For fantastic views over the lovely 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.
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.
at the challenging 18 hole course Ponte de Lima, just a 40 minute drive from the house.
Spend a day lazing on the sands
on the beach of the chic coastal village of Moledo. 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.
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.
Explore the charming fortress town of Valenca
on the border and only a short drive north. Drive through the ancient archway that leads the way through the impressive town walls to discover cobbled streets and a delightful range of local shops selling the beautifully embroidered linen and towels for which the town is famous.
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