Casa da Galé

Moledo area

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Accommodation

  • Lower floor: Open plan sitting/dining room/kitchen (TV, DVD, CD, dishwasher, oven, microwave).  WiFi.
  • Middle floor: Landing with doors to terrace.
  • Upper floor: Landing. Double bedroom. Two single bedrooms. Bathroom (half bath). Shower room.
  • Outside: Spacious garden of lawns and fruit trees. Terrace with retractable awning. Table tennis.  Private parking. Barbecue. Washing machine.
  • Private heated swimming pool (9.5m x 4m) with corner Roman steps

In the heart of the picturesque coastal village of Moledo do Minho, within walking distance of one of the area’s most scenic sandy beaches and an appealing selection of local restaurants and village shops, we discovered this charming stone cottage amidst spacious grounds of lawns and fruit trees.

A local beauty spot much favoured by discerning Portuguese, the fine sandy beach of Moledo sweeps gracefully in an arc and looks out across the water towards the village’s historic 17th Century fortress. A selection of fashionable cafes and restaurants can be found alongside whilst both to the north and the south a series of wonderfully unspoilt country beaches fringe a stunning coastline, their golden sands attractively protected by pine forests.

Just 1.1km from the shore, off one of the cobbled lanes that wind their way through the village and only 300m from the nearest restaurant, Casa da Galé has been cleverly designed by its architect owners to nestle snugly into the hillside, its typical stone walls and mature garden blending seamlessly into its natural surroundings.

On its lower level an open plan living area sits cosily within thick stone walls and forms a welcome retreat from the sun during the hotter summer months. Upstairs, the bedrooms and bathrooms lie off a central landing whilst in between, patio doors lead out onto a pretty stone flagged terrace which will no doubt become a favoured spot for meals al fresco. From here, pathways and steps wind their way through the terraced grounds, via a verdant fruit orchard, to the spacious garden where the swimming pool sits amidst a wide expanse of lawn.

Terraced gardens mean that very young children may need supervision.
The internet connection is delivered by MiFi, which is via a mobile network device.
Whilst the house is suitable for a maximum of 4 guests, one of the single bedrooms has an additional pull out bed and can be made up as a twin room if preferred.  Please advise at time of booking.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa da Galé

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.

Visit Monçao, just to the east of Valenca, a very pretty town which overlooks the Minho...

With several old houses and a spa whose waters are believed to help the aches and pain of rheumatism. They also produce the well-known local Alvarinho wine here, so it's well worth a visit!

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.

Take a trip back in time at the Medieval Fair held at the end of July 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!

Hire Surfboards at Afife, a much sought after spot for keen surfers...

Take a lesson at the surf school or simply lay back and watch the surfers ride the waves. Moledo is a great spot for surfing too and you can also try kitesurfing there.

Feel closer to nature in the beautiful National Park of Peneda-Geres...

If you don't fancy getting out and walking drive for miles through the largely undiscovered beautiful mountain scenery of this stunning area of natural beauty. Why not pack a picnic and stop off at one of the many shady spots dotted around. There is an abundance of wildlife to be spotted and pretty flowers to admire.

Spend a day in Spain taking the car ferry from Caminha which makes frequent trips across the water that seperates Portugal from Galicia...

You could also drive across the river on the bridge from Vila Nova da Cerveira. A Guarda is regarded as one of the best places in Galicia to try seafood. Then visit the Celtic village of Santa Tecla at the top of the hill beside A Guarda - there are some great views.

Visit the historic city of Braga and enjoy some retail therapy at the large shopping mall there...

Admire the impressive cathedral and enjoy a coffee in the square before heading to the shops and doing a bit of souvenir hunting.

Take a leisurely river trip along the Lima River from the pier in Viana do Castelo...

There are short trips of around 45 minutes or you can take a longer trip which includes lunch. There are also river trips along the River Minho.

Picnic by the River Coura...

The winding River Coura meanders down to Caminha and offers many delightful spots for picnicking. In Paredes da Coura there are areas to dive and safe pools for children.

Take a boat ride with the local fishermen from Foz do Minho which lies 5km 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 where the cloisters and chapel can still be seen.

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.

Do some 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, 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.

Wander round the old village of Moledo, explore the cobbled streets and meet the friendly locals...

The winding streets of Moledo have so much to discover and see. Some of the buildings date back centuries and there are little hidden cafes to find and enjoy.

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.

Have a relaxing day on the beach at Caminha...

Foz do Minho beach 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!

Follow the Vinho Verde wine trail along the banks of the Minho...

The Minho Valley passes between undulating hills covered with the vines which produce the lightly sparkling and very tasty wine of the region. Take a tour of one of the bodegas and try some samples, you can even buy a bottle to take home.

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.

Enjoy the pretty gardens and pool at the villa...

The well-kept garden and pool are there for you to enjoy so why not make the most of them. Enjoy an evening meal on your barbecue and dine out under the stars.

Dine with the locals in Moledo...

Take a stroll into the town of Moledo and look out for Gaivota restaurant where the locals gather for lunch or dinner. The food is hearty and the prices very reasonable, all in a friendly atmosphere. This quaint little restaurant is well worth a visit.

Nearby

Towns

Caminha 6 mins
Vila Nova de Cerveira 18 mins
Viana do Castelo 25 mins
Valença 30 mins
A Guarda 35 mins
Ponte de Lima 35 mins
Barcelos 45 mins

Beaches

Foz do Minho 5 mins
Vila Praia de Ancora 9 mins
Afife 12 mins
Moledo 16 mins
Esposende 37 mins

Airports

Porto 55 mins
Vigo 60 mins
Santiago de Compostela 115 mins
Coruna 145 mins
Times are approximate

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