Casa das Pintoras

Vila Praia de Ancora area

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Entrance/sitting/games room (Pool table). Dining room with covered terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Cloakroom.  WiFi.
  • First floor: Landing/sitting room (TV, DVD, CD). Double bedroom with en suite bathroom (balcony). Twin bedroom. Two double bedrooms. Single bedroom. Bathroom. Shower room.
  • Outside: Enclosed lawned garden. Open and shaded terraces. Private parking. Barbecue
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5.5m).

Sitting within a wide garden of lawns and shady trees on the edge of the local village of Vile, this charming traditional stone house enjoys a superb outlook across a picturesque scene of fields and wooded hillside whilst being only 2km from the lovely sandy beaches of coastal Vila Praia de Ancora.

This is without a doubt a most appealing choice for families or large groups who are looking for roomy and comfortable accommodation within easy reach of the sea.

The thick stone walls of the property enclose spacious rooms, with most of the ground floor being occupied by a bright living room housing an area of soft seating around the original fireplace on one side and a billiard table on the other.

The row of doors that lines one side of this area provides easy access to the pretty garden where enclosed grounds of lawns and mature foliage form a perfect spot for children's play. Around the corner, the swimming pool and its surrounding lawns have been positioned to take full advantage of the pleasing rustic vista, which spreads out ahead.

A short walk from the house brings you to the local village shop, which sells basic items, whilst a drive of just 5 minutes reveals the attractive fishing town of Vila Praia de Ancora with its golden sands, waterfront restaurants and daily fish market. Also close to hand is the bustling port of Viana do Castelo, which is just 16km away and boasts a beautiful historic old quarter.

Guests paying the small party rate for up to 4 persons will have use of two bedrooms only.  Please advise which bedrooms you require when booking.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa das Pintoras

Spend an evening in one of the waterfront restaurants in Vila Praia de Ancora.

and watch the surfboarders with the rosy sun setting on the horizon behind them.

Visit the tiny harbour of 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.

Go early to the big Wednesday market in Caminha

a joy just to wander around the stalls selling everything you can imagine and to watch the crowds shopping.

When it is time for a rest and a coffee

find a café on the square Largo do Terreiro with its charming fountain, overlooked by a clock tower. A delightful spot.

Visit Spain.

Take the car ferry from Caminha to La Guardia in Spain. Crossings are every hour for a few euros.

On 20 August

go down to the harbour at Praia de Ancora and witness the fishermen take their Saint 'Senhora da Agonia' out to sea asking for her blessing upon their fishing nets and their boats for their sons who earn a living at the sea.

Visit the Peneda-Geres National Park

an area of outstanding natural beauty, where you may spot the endangered royal eagle or catch a glimpse of an otter.

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.

Set aside a day to visit the World Heritage city of Oporto.

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.

For fantastic views over the lovely 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.

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.

Play golf

at the challenging 18 hole course Ponte de Lima, just a 40 minute drive from the house.

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.

Hire surfboards

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.

Explore the charming fortress town of Valenca

on the border and only a short drive north. Drive through the ancient archway that leads the way 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.

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.

Nearby

Towns

Vila Praia de Âncora 5 mins
Caminha 15 mins
Viana do Castelo 20 mins
Ponte de Lima 35 mins

Beaches

Praia da Âncora 5 mins
Moledo 10 mins
Afife 10 mins
Foz do Minho 13 mins

Airports

Porto 50 mins
Vigo 60 mins
Santiago de Compostela 120 mins
Coruna 150 mins
Times are approximate

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