Casa da Encruzilhada
Ponte de Lima Area
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Great Things to Do Near Casa da Encruzilhada
Overlooking the grounds and the surrounding hills with a book or just take time to stop and relax.
Explore the surrounding area...
Enjoy the river beach at Ponte de Lima or a short drive in the opposite direction offers miles of different beaches to choose from.
Set aside a day to visit the 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.
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.
Visit the natural and wonderful landscapes of the Peneda-Geres National Park...
Drive for miles through largely undiscovered, beautiful mountain scenery of this stunning area of natural beauty. Alternatively enjoy one of the many hiking trails though the park and look out for eagles and other wildlife.
Take a picnic down to the river in Ponte de Lima...
Here you can barbecue and picnic, swim from the river beach and hire a canoe for a lazy paddle.
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.
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 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.
Play Golf at the Axis Golf club, an 18 hole course in Ponte de Lima...
Afterwards, enjoy a meal in their excellent on site restaurant.
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.
Soak up fantastic 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. Then head into the town and wander around the fascinating embroidery shops for which the town is famous.
Visit Braga for historic architecture, great food and retail therapy...
The cathedral is the seat of the Primate of all Portugal and his magnificent palace is at the heart of the town. Wander the cobbled streets and enjoy lunch in one of the charming cafes. For shops, head to Braga Parc shopping centre.
Walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims up the steps of the 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 pentitents climb up the steps on their knees.
Shop for ceramics at the colourful Thursday market held in Barcelos...
Known as the Campo de Feira, it is the largest market in Portugal where you'll no doubt find a few versions of the 'Galo de Barcelos' the small cockerel which is the town's emblem.
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.
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.
Enjoy a game of tennis...
On your very own tennis courts, then cool off in the pool.
|Ponte de Lima||16 mins|
|Viana do Castelo||20 mins|
|Praia da Âncora||30 mins|
|Santiago de Compostela||95 mins|