Casa da Eira
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Great Things to Do Near Casa da Eira
On the border and only a short drive from the house. Drive through the ancient archway that leads through the impressive town walls to discover cobbled streets and a delightful range of local shops selling the beautifully embroidered linen and towels for which the town is famous.
Enjoy the 18th June Corpus Christi festival at Monçao...
The procession, which dates from the 16th century, features a blessed ox, its horns decorated as a symbol of plenty, a cart of herbs followed by St George on horseback wearing a long red cape and, bringing up the rear, a lumbering dragon.
Visit the wonderful, natural landscapes of the Peneda-Geres National Park. Discover hiking trails, waterfalls and traditional villages...
Drive for miles through the largely undiscovered 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!
Follow the Vinho Verde Wine Trail along the banks of the Minho Valley...
This passes between undulating hills covered with the vines that produce the lightly sparkling and very tasty wine of the region.
Set aside a day to visit the UNESCO World Heritage City of Porto...
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.
Cross the border and visit Spain for a day...
The beautiful corner of Spain that is Galicia is just a short drive from the house and boasts some superb sandy beaches and smart historic towns. Visit chic Baiona, a mooring place for the smart boats of the wealthy 'gallegos' and home to a fine selection of typical restaurants. Alternatively, catch the ferry from Caminha.
Hire surfboards at Afife beach...
Spend a day in the water on this fantastic stretch of unspoilt coastline, a much sought after spot for keen surfers.
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.
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 of smart 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.
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.
Play Golf at the Axis Golf club, an 18 hole course in Ponte de Lima...
Afterwards, enjoy a meal in their on site restaurant.
Soak up fantasic views over the historic port of Viana do Castelo...
Take the funicular to the church of Santa Luzia, climb the dome and look out from the very very top.
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.
Cycle along the Ecotrail from Valença to Monçao. This recently constructed path is perfect for cycling, walking or jogging...
The path, which follows a disused railway line, passes through vineyards, fields and streams and has views over the River Minho and of Tui and Valença. There are benches and information boards along the way, so you'll be sure not to miss anything. Take a picnic and enjoy the fantastic panorama at your ease.
Visit the sumptuous Brejoeira Palace - possibly the best palace in Portugal!
Just south of Monçao, this neoclassical palace was built at the start of the 19th century and has always been the residence of Portuguese noble families. The lavish rooms are lined with important artworks and there are impressive gardens, a chapel and a theatre. Nowadays, the vineyards produce an excellent Alvarinho but if you prefer not to tipple, you can stop in the lovely cafe for tea and local pastries. Not to be missed.
|Ponte de Lima||35 mins|
|A Guarda||40 mins|
|Viana do Castelo||50 mins|
|Friestas River Beach||7 mins|
|Praia da Âncora||45 mins|
|Santiago de Compostela||90 mins|