Go for a stroll
Walk through the adjacent fields and follow the river bank into the lovely historic town of Ponte de Lima. On reaching the town, stop off for some refreshment in one of the cafes that surround the central square from where you can admire the view across the river, which is spanned by the ancient medieval bridge from which the town takes its name.
Hire a canoe
from the boat club at Ponte de Lima and explore the river.
Try your luck fishing for trout in the River Lima (permits are required and can be obtained from the local tourist office).
Sample the local wine
and then visit the local wine Co-Operative in Ponte de Lima to stock up on supplies.
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.
on Ponte de Lima's challenging 18 hole course.
Ponte de Lima Horse Fair
One of Portugal's largest horse events is held in June in Ponte de Lima. The fair attracts many breeders of thoroughbred horses and there are several competitions including show jumping with the participation of some well-known riders. In addition to the equestrian activities, the Horse Fair also includes local food and handicrafts displays and lots of other kinds of entertainment too.
Head to the coast for the day
and discover the beautifully unspoilt beaches that stretch north and south of Viana do Castelo, just a 30 minute drive from the house.
at the beach of Afife, and spend a day in the water in what is a much sought after spot for keen surfers.
Laze 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.
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.
See another country - Spain!
Drive up 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
Explore the charming fortress town of Valenca
A little further north of Caminha, 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 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!
Set aside a day to visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Porto. 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, to visit the port caves and try that famous drink and to then 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
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 cockerel, which is widely represented in traditional ceramic throughout the country and will no doubt be found on one of the stalls.
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.
The Ponte de Lima Fair
Every fortnight on a Monday, Ponte de Lima is brought to life when a huge and lively market that dates back to the Middle Ages is held on the banks of the river.
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