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Great Things to Do Near Casa da Cuca
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!
Take a stroll
along the pretty cobbled streets of the village lead down to the charming local church, enjoy watching the locals go about their day to day lives on your way by and see what delights you discover exploring the winding streets.
Spend all day relaxing in the shade with a book, enjoy a candelit dinner on your terrace with a cold glass of wine, or a game of badminton in the garden.
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 light sparkling and very tasty wine of the region.
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.
For fantastic views over the nearby 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 town and wander around the fascinating embroidery shops for which the town is famous.
Visit the World Heritage City of Porto.
Take a while to absorb the sights and sounds of this unique city and UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are regular trains from Viana do Castelo to avoid parking in the city centre.
Visit 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.
Explore the steep, higgledy-piggledy, tiny streets of the Barredo quarter
in Oporto that tumble down from the cathedral to the quayside of the River Douro.
Cross Oporto's two-level iron bridge
which was designed by Monsieur Gustav Eiffel and then watch the world go by whilst taking an aperitif in a pavement cafe in the charming riverside area close to Cais da Ribeira.
Whilst in Oporto, take the Open Top Tour bus
for a fabulous view of all the best landmarks and an overview for orientation of the city. A chance to rest your feet after a hard morning of sightseeing!
Spend a day lazing on the sands
of one of the many fantastic stretches of dune-backed beaches that lie just a 20 minute drive away from the house.
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.
At the Axis Golf club in Ponte de Lima, an 18 hole course just a short drive from the house.
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.
Visit the birthplace of Portuguese identity.
In the town of Guimaraes where the country's first administrative seat was established by Portugal's first King, Alfonso I. The medieval streets of Guimaraes are fascinating and full of charm.
Sample a local delicacy.
The Francescina is not for those on a diet! A sandwich loaded with steak, sausage and other meats, covered with melted cheese and a fried egg and served in a spicy tomato sauce.
|Ponte de Lima||10 mins|
|Viana do Castelo||20 mins|
|Ponte de Barca||22 mins|
|Ponte de Lima River beach||10 mins|
|Praia da Âncora||25 mins|
|Santiago de Compostela||105 mins|