Casa de São Tiago
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From £ 650 per week
Of note: Stylish accommodation with captivating views towards the sea
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Great Things to Do Near Casa de São Tiago
A fascinating place that combines art with nature. The main building is packed with works and the extensive gardens are scattered with interesting sculptures. The views from the gardens down to the River Minho are spectacular and the woods next to the convent make the ideal place for a picnic or leisurely stroll.
Visit the tiny harbour at Vila Praia de Âncora...
and for a gastronomic feast, be sure to buy some of the fresh fish you will see being landed there to cook on your barbecue back home at Casa de São Tiago.
Explore the beaches and natural pools along the River Ancora...
These renowned beauty spots are within easy reach and they make an exciting change from swimming in the pool.
Go for a walk in the pretty surrounding area...
There is a huge variety of great walks that can be taken in the area. Some are waymarked and others are not but if you enjoy exploring on foot then you’ll be in paradise. If you happen to pass a bookshop, the Sunflower walking guide to Northern Portugal comes recommended.
Head to a nearby beach for the day...
Such is the wealth of beaches nearby, you are spoilt for choice. The beach at Vila Praia de Âncora is particularly popular with families as parts of it are more sheltered, making it ideal for youngsters.
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.
Hire bikes from the nautical club in Ponte de Lima and follow the Ecovia which runs parallel to the Lima River...
Pack a picnic to enjoy in a shady spto under the trees and look out for wildlife on your way...
Learn about life in the Minho River...
Situated at the Castelinho Park in Vila Nova de Cerveira, The Aquamuseu do Rio Minho gives a fascinating insight into the wildlife in and around the Minho River. The Aquarium takes you on a journey via a series of tanks that plots the river’s course from high in the mountains of Lugo to where it flows into the Atlantic Ocean at Caminha.
Go bird watching...
The confluence of the Minho and Coura rivers creates a unique habitat for wildlife. This protected area is made up of reed beds, riparian forest, salt marshes, mudflats and marshy wetland, making it excellent for bird watching.
Visit the Peneda-Gerês National Park an area of outstanding natural beauty...
Drive for miles through the, largely undiscovered, beautiful 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!
A perfect way to cool off on a hot summer’s day, the Castelinho Park is situated next to the Minho River and contains a wide range of water features..
You’ll also find the Aquarium, sports courts and a mini golf course. There are various play areas, benches and a few cafés in the park making it the ideal place to relax and unwind for the whole family.
Take a boat trip...
The Insua Taxi Boat offers trips to Insua Fort, trips along the River Minho and other fun activities such as banana boating. They are based at the Port in Caminha by Foz Beach.
Visit the charming fortress town of Valença...
Travel through the ancient archway in the impressive city walls to discover a myriad of cobbled streets and a delightful range of local shops selling the beautifully embroidered towels and linen for which the town is famous.
Explore the Serra d’Arga...
In this area of outstanding natural beauty, you’ll find waterfalls, natural pools and a wide range of fabulous walking routes offering spectacular views.
Visit historic Braga...
Known as the city that will get to heaven first, Braga Cathedral is the seat of the archdiocese, the oldest in the land. As well as impressive, historical architecture, Braga is great city for doing some retail therapy!
Shop for ceramics at the colourful Thursday market held in Barcelos...
Taking place in Campo da República (also known as Campo da Feira), it is the largest market in Portugal and one of the largest in all of Europe. You’ll be sure to find the 'Galo de Barcelos', the small cockerel which is the town’s emblem.
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.
For 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 the birthplace of Portuguese identity in the town of Guimaraes where the medieval streets are full of charm...
It was the birthplace of Portugal’s first King, Alfonso I. Don’t miss the Castle complex and the stunning Paço dos Duques (Palace of the dukes of Braganza). A UNESCO world heritage site and European Capital of Culture in 2012, the medieval streets of Guimerães are fascinating and full of charm.
Go to the opera in July, when the Ponte de Lima Summer Festival of Opera and Classical Music is held...
Something that is fast becoming one of Europe's top cultural events. Performances take place in several venues throughout the town including historic manor houses, local churches and the Teatro Diogo Bernardes, a 19th century theatre in the historic centre.
|Vila Nova de Cerveira||20 mins|
|Viana do Castelo||30 mins|
|Ponte de Lima||40 mins|
|Foz do Minho||10 mins|
|Santiago de Compostela||115 mins|