Casa de Gondarem
Great things to do near Casa de Gondarem
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.

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.

One of the best beaches....
The beach at nearby Caminha, Foz do Minho, sits at the mouth of the Minho River and is sheltered from the offshore breezes by pine woods. The beach has views over the Celtic hill fort of Santa Tecla on the other side of the river in Spain. If you get peckish the restaurant on the beach serves up hearty Portuguese fare and the pine trees provide shade for an after lunch doze!

Browse the market stalls
at the colourful Saturday market that takes place in the pretty riverside town of Vila Nova de Cerveira, a short drive from the house.

Visit the Aqua Museum in Vila Nova de Cerveira
where in large tanks you can see simulations of the River Minho, from its source near Lugo in Galicia to its mouth at Caminha, and get to know the various species of fish and animals which inhabit the river. .

Take the local train down the coast to Viana do Castelo or Oporto
The single track local service plods down the coast between Gondarem and Porto 5 times daily in the summer months calling at all 29 villages enroute to Porto.A relaxing way to admire the superb scenic views.

Picnic by the river
The winding River Coura meanders from Caminha passing close to Gondarem and offers many delightful spots for picnicking. In Paredes da Coura there are areas to dive and safe pools for children.

Souvenir hunting....
The people of the Alto Minho still continue with many ancients handicrafts passed down through generations. Viana do Castelo is renowned for its colourfully embroidered festival dresses and other hand embroidered items, and Barcelos for its pottery. But almost everywhere you can visit small artesanal workshops where weaving, basketwork, lacework, wood carving and toys are still made using traditional methods.

Hire surfboards
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.
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

If you enjoy country walks..
Explore the Serra de Arga hills just to the south of Casa de Gondarem which are criss-crossed by a variety of paths some of which stretch right down to Esposende on the coast. You'll see lots of wild horse here, but not many people!

Enjoy a relaxing spa in Monção
The Spa is set in the midst of a leafy park by the side of the Minho river, 700 metres from the town of Monção in a setting of great natural beauty and is equipped with some of the most modern facilities in the country. Afterwards, take a stroll amongst the centuries-old trees that are to be found there.

Take the scenic route to Paredes de Coura.
Departing from Caminha, the road twists its way through the Serra de Arga hills following the course of the River Coura. Paredes de Coura claims to be the oldest village in Portugal.

Hop over to Spain
From Caminha, board 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, especially in the town of A Guarda, just over the river.

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.

Peneda-Geres Park
For peace and tranquility amid beautiful surroundings try to visit the Peneda-Geres National park, the first protected area to be founded in Portugal and the only National Park in the country. Having once been the home of the brown bear and the mountain goat, Peneda-Geres is today one of the last refuges of the great predators, such as the royal eagle.

For fantastic views over the historic port of Viana do Castelo
take the funicular railway 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.

For Art Lovers everywhere...
Every other year (odd numbered) between mid August and mid September, the Vila Nova Cerveira International Arts Biennial transforms the tranquil town into an important centre for contemporary art covering a wide array of areas including the digital arts, engraving, ceramics, painting and sculpture. There is also an opportunity to buy some pieces too.

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.

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