Casa do Picasso

Vila Praia de Ancora area

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Web Ref: 3395
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Accommodation

  •  Ground floor: Entrance hall.  Kitchen (oven, dishwasher, microwave, washing machine). Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, CD, fireplace) with French doors to covered terrace. Two twin bedrooms. Bathroom.  Principal double bedroom with French doors to terrace and en suite bathroom. 
  • Outside: Enclosed garden of lawns, covered and open terraces. Garden room with a selection of children’s toys (low ceiling). Barbecue. Private parking.
  • Private swimming pool (7m x 3m)

Just 2.6km from the sweeping shoreline of dune backed sands that borders the coastal village of Vila Praia de Âncora, this picturesque home of local stone and typical blue shutters offers country cottage charm, a scenic rural outlook and pleasing proximity to the stunningly unspoilt coastline for which this region is famed.

Nestling sedately in the local hamlet of Aspra amongst a rustic landscape of woodland and orchards, Casa do Picasso enjoys an enticing location. 

Whilst the lawned garden and stone paved terraces that encircle its attractive facades look out across a serene scene of gently undulating hills and fields dotted with local homes, the whitewashed fishing village of Vila Praia de Âncora is only 1.7km away.  Here you will find fine fish restaurants, an essentially Portuguese atmosphere and a long golden beach that stretches southwards to meet that of Afife, a popular haunt for surfers.

When opting for days at home, the beautifully presented accommodation will be sure to charm with its open stone walls, beamed ceilings, wooden floors and welcoming ambience.  With French doors leading from both the living area and principal bedroom to the dining terrace above the pool, it is also ideally suited for outdoor living.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa do Picasso

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

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

Visit the tiny harbour of Vila Praia de Âncora.

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 A Guarda in Spain. Crossings are every hour and cost just a few euros.

Visit the Peneda-Gerês 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.

On 20 August

go down to the harbour at Praia de Âncora 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.

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.

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.

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 Valença

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.

Nearby

Towns

Vila Praia de Âncora 5 mins
Moledo 10 mins
Viana do Castelo 25 mins
Ponte de Lima 35 mins
Braga 60 mins

Beaches

Praia dos Caldeirões 5 mins
Afife 10 mins
Carreço 15 mins
Foz do Minho 15 mins
Esposende 40 mins

Airports

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

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