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Great Things to Do Near Casa Alegra
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.
Wander through the market...
It is a joy just to browse the colourful stalls which sell everything you can imagine and to watch the crowds shopping. In Barcelos you are sure to see many of the 'Galo de Barcelos' which is the town's emblem.
Take a boat ride with the local fishermen from Foz do Minho which lies 5km south west of Caminha...
Local fishermen are on hand at weekends to take tourists to the ruined island fortress of Insua Fort, which houses a former Franciscan convent and church where the cloisters and chapel can still be seen.
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.
Discover the Serra d'Arga...
Serra d’Arga is a protected area which rises to nearly 900 metres. For the more energetic, there are a number of way-marked trails taking walkers through majestic scenery passing lagoons and waterfalls and different types of fauna, such as the Iberian frog and the Garrano horses which roam freely in the mountain. In the heart of the Serra lie 8 villages which still preserve their local traditions and architecture.
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. .
Feel closer to nature in the beautiful National Park of Peneda-Geres...
Drive for miles through the largely undiscovered beautiful mountain scenery of this stunning area of natural beauty. Whilst you are unlikely to meet another car, watch out for the mountain goats, who have right of way!
Have a picnic by the river...
The winding River Coura meanders down to Caminha and offers many delightful spots for picnicking. River beaches are very popular in Northern Portugal as the water tends to be warmer than the Atlantic and they are more sheltered from the wind. As well as the river Coura, you can find some picturesque spots to enjoy along the Ancora, and Lima rivers.
For an exciting day out, why not try watersports...
With stunning, mountainous scenery and clean, fast flowing rivers the north of Portugal is particularly popular for white water rafting and hydrospeeding. The Rio Minho is ideal for beginners, while canyoning is available around Melgaco - but not for the fainthearted!
Take the train along the scenic railway line to explore the beautiful city of Viana do Castelo...
The historical centre is mostly pedestrianised and is where most of the best buildings and shops are to be found. Take the elevator up to the Basilica of Santa Luzia which was inspired by the Sacré Coeur in Paris. From the basilica there are spectacular views of the city and the beach.
Walk around the narrow cobbled streets of Caminha to discover some of the beautiful old stone houses, many built over a century ago...
Some have the family's coat of arms engraved into the walls, while others are adorned with attractive tiles and have wonderful old wooden doors or iron gates.
Take a trip back in time at the Medieval Fair held in Caminha...
Costumes, music, food, dancing, horse shows and theatrical displays - everything goes Medieval in this delightful town for these few days. There are lots of arts and crafts to look at or buy too. This is one of the best festivals in Portugal!
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, lace and pottery. But almost everywhere you can visit small artesanal workshops where weaving, basketwork, lacework, wood carving and toys are still made using traditional methods.
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. Delicious tapas can be found in the restaurants in the old quarter and a stroll across the Ponte bridge is a must.
Visit historic Braga, the third largest city in Portugal...
Admire the cathedral and stop for coffee in one of the little cafes in the square. For some retail therapy head to the big shopping centre which has high street boutiques and designer outlets to peruse.
Visit the tiny harbour of Vila Praia de Ancora the next coastal town 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
Climb up to Monte de Calvario in Praia de Ancora for superb views over the town and miles of coastline...
There are wide steps here which lead up to the chapel of Our Lady of Lourdes and the wooded hilltop is filled with beautifully scented Mimosa. Paths trail through the trees leading to some lovely spots for picnics. There is also a little café and a small parking area if you prefer to drive up.
Go bird watching along the river banks...
The joining of the Minho and Coura rivers creates a unique habitat for wildlife. This protected area is made up of reed beds, salt marshes, mudflats and marshy wetland, making it excellent for bird watching.
Gaze out over the pretty gardens and flowers while you relax on the terrace...
Take a leisurely stroll to the next town for a long lunch, then head back to watch the sunset with a cold drink.
|Viana do Castelo||25 mins|
|Ponte de Lima||36 mins|
|Foz do Minho||8 mins|
|Praia da Âncora||10 mins|
|Santiago de Compostela||115 mins|