Casa da Encruzilhada
Great things to do near Casa da Encruzilhada
Go for a Hike
Follow some of the woodland trails from your own front gate.

Sit in the Rose Bower
overlooking the grounds and the surrounding hills with a book or just take time to stop and relax...

Enjoy the river beach at Ponte de Lima or a short drive in the opposite direction offers miles of different beaches to choose from.

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.

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.

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.

Take a picnic to Ponte de Lima
and park your car under shady vines on the north shore of the river. Here you can barbecue and picnic, swim from the river beach and hire a canoe for a lazy paddle.

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.

Hire Surfboards
at the beach of Afife, just a half hour drive from the house. Then spend a day in the water on this fantastic stretch of unspoilt coastline, a much sought after spot for keen surfers.

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.

Play golf
at the challenging 18 hole course in Ponte de Lima.

Visit the tiny harbour at 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.

Visit 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 pentitents climb up the steps on their knees.

Soak up fantastic views of the historic port of Viana do Castelo
by taking 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.

Market day in Barcelos
Take a trip to Barcelos market, the largest in Portugal, and home to the hideous immortalised pottery cockerel. Everyone has to take one home.

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