Casa do Bosque
Ponte de Lima Area
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Great Things to Do Near Casa do Bosque
You can have a pleasant lunch or dinner in the restaurant - only 3 km from Casa do Bosque.
Explore the charming fortress town of Valenca, a little further north of Caminha, 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
Hire bikes from the nautical club by the river and follow the Ecovia which runs parallel to the Lima...
The cycle path runs from Ponte de Lima alongside the Minho to the Bertiandos and S. Pedro de Arcos lagoons. This is a protected wetlands nature reserve with several trails to follow, either by bike or on foot.
Head into Ponte de Lima for the fortnightly market, held on the banks of the river...
This market has reportedly been held in the same spot since around 1125 and can be a lively event!
Don't miss out on the local 'festas' ...
During the summer months most towns host a local festa, usually centred around a religious event or figure. Traditional music, local costumes, dancing, fireworks and lots of tasty food are just some of the things to enjoy at these events.
Follow the Vinho Verde Wine Trail along the banks of the Minho Valley...
Pass between undulating hills covered with the vines which produce the lightly sparkling and very tasty wine of the region.
Hire canoes on the Minho and explore some of the nicest views along the river banks...
Watch out for the area's wildlife, such as the herons who are frequent visitors along the Minho.
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.
Play a round of golf at the Axis Hotel in Ponte de Lima...
The hotel also has an excellent restaurant which is open to the public.
From May to October, Ponte de Lima hosts the International Garden Festival on the north bank of the river.
Every year there is a different theme and entrants are from all over the world. A really pleasant way to spend an afternoon...
Head to the coast for the day and discover the beautiful beaches stretching to the north and south of Viana do Castelo...
Moledo and Esposende are a couple of our favourites and have great beach bars and restaurants to enjoy.
Take the funicular to the church of Santa Luzia for fantastic views over the nearby port of Viana do Castelo...
If you do not suffer from vertigo, 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.
Sample the local Vinho Verde wine, particularly the Alvarinho, a style unique to this area...
Stock up with supplies at the wine co-operative in Ponte de Lima. The Adega Cooperativa is in Rua Conde Bertiandos (near the hospital).
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 and other hand embroidered items, and Barcelos for its pottery. But almost everywhere you can visit small artesanal workshops where weaving, basketwork, lacework, wood carving and toys are still made using traditional methods.
Go for a stroll through the adjacent fields and follow the river bank to the historic town of Ponte de Lima...
On reaching the town, stop off for some refreshment in one of the cafes that surround the central square from where you can admire the view across the river, which is spanned by the ancient medieval bridge from which the town takes its name.
Set aside a day to visit the beautiful 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.
Browse the stalls on market day in Barcelos, the largest market in Portugal, held every Thursday...
The town is the birthplace of the 'Galo de Barcelos', the small cockerel, which is widely represented in traditional ceramic throughout the country and will no doubt be found on one of the stalls.
Take a leisurely river trip along the Lima...
From the Pier near Largo 5 de outubro in Viana do Castelo. There are shorter trips of around 45 minutes or you can take a longer trip which includes lunch.
Unwind in the garden and enjoy your private pool...
Make the most of the gorgeous pool at Casa do Bosque for leisurely swims or just a dip to cool off.
Don't miss the beautiful Peneda Geres National Park for a day of peace and tranquility amonsgt nature...
The first protected area to be founded in Portugal and the only national park in the country. filled with marked hiking trails, old shephards tracks, traditional villages and stunning wildlife. Pick up a map from the information centre in the park for more info.
|Ponte de Lima||10 mins|
|Ponte de Barca||27 mins|
|Viana do Castelo||28 mins|
|Santiago de Compostela||110 mins|