Evening strolls straight from your garden
Wander through the paths and woods which lie beyond the house. They will take you down to a bend in the nearby River Coura.
Visit the tiny harbour at 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
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
Go early to the big Monday market in Caminha,
a joy just to wander around the stalls selling everything you can imagine and to watch the crowds shopping.
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 en route.
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. And if you miss that one, there are plenty of other colourful festivals in towns and villages nearby.
River beaches on the River Coura.
Spend a day splashing about at one of the river beaches along the River Coura. Take a picnic and relax at the riverside. A cool place to go on a hot day!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Take a boat ride with the local fishermen
from Foz do Minho (Mouth of the Minho) which lies just 5 km south-west of Caminha. Local fishermen are on hand to take tourists to the ruined island fortress of Ínsua Fort, which houses a former Franciscan convent and church.
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. It's a great beach for day time too - the beach to be seen in, a favourite with Portuguese VIPs!
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
Monçao - to take the waters
Monçao, inland to the east of Valença, is a pretty town overlooking the Minho, with several old houses and a spa whose waters are believed to help the aches and pain of rheumatism. They also produce the well-known local Alvarinho wine here, so it's well worth a visit!
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