Casa Picolino

Moledo area

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Accommodation

  • Ground floor: Large sitting/dining room (wood burning stove,TV, DVD) with doors to pool terrace. Kitchen (oven, microwave, washing machine). Cloakroom. Shower room (can also be accessed from the pool terrace). Central heating throughout the house.  WiFi.
  • First floor: Twin bedroom. Double bedroom. Bathroom.
  • Outside: Garden area with lawns, patios and flowerbeds. Patio and terracing. Barbecue. Parking (shared with owner when in residence).
  • Private swimming pool (10m x 5m).

We were delighted to find this pretty village house off a tiny cobbled lane less than 1km from the favoured coastal village of Moledo do Minho with its rural beaches, both north and south. Although very much in a village, the house is well situated, facing the hills behind in one direction and enjoying sweeping panoramic views across the River Minho estuary in the other.

Inside, Casa Picolino has been furnished with a rustic flair by its owner who is the nearest neighbour. The house is on two levels with the very comfortable lofty living room opening onto the pool terrace with pretty flower covered pergola, and picture windows framing the lovely hill and views across the river to Spain. Much use has been made of local materials such as granite, wood and colourful fabrics, with antique touches to complement the overall homely effect and the ground floor kitchen is well equipped.

Outside, the garden area is on two levels with terraces, lawns and flowerbeds above and around the well finished pool terrace with barbecue. In the village itself there are some small shops and cafés, whilst less than 5 minutes away by car (or 20 minutes on foot) you will find a wide selection of amenities in the resort itself.

Once on the coast road, the pretty town of Caminha on the River Minho is very close at hand, and the port of Viana do Castelo is less than 20 minutes away.

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Great Things to Do Near Casa Picolino

Pop down to the beach

The lovely white sands of Moledo are just 1km from the house. 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.

Visit the tiny harbour of Vila Praia de Ancora

the next coastal town just a short drive down the coast. 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

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

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

Witness a local 'feste' (festival)

in the harbour of Vila Praia de Ancora on the 20th August when the fishermen take their Saint 'Senhora da Agonia' out to sea an ask for her blessing upon their fishing nets and their boats for their sons who earn a living at the sea.

Wander through the market

on a Wednesday morning in Caminha . It is a joy just to browse the colourful stalls which sell everything you can imagine and to watch the crowds shopping. The town itself is charming, situated on the waterfront with an attractive central square and some very ornate buildings.

Then rest and have a coffee

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

See another country - Spain!

From Caminha, hop on the car ferry which makes frequent trips across the small stretch of water that separates the north of Portugal from Galicia. This is a fun way to reach this beautiful corner of Spain, which boasts some superb beaches and is renowned for the quality of its seafood.

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

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

For fantastic views over the historic 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. Then head into the town and wander around the fascinating embroidery shops for which the town is famous.

Nothing but nature in the National Park of Peneda-Geres.

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!

Visit 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.

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 including historic manor houses, local churches and the Teatro Diogo Bernardes, a 19th century theatre in Ponte de Lima.

Play golf

on Ponte de Lima's challenging 18 hole course.

Visit historic Braga

.....The city that will get to heaven first. The cathedral is the seat of the Primate of all Portugal and his magnificent palace is at the heart of the town.

Walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims

up the steps of Bom Jesus do Monte, 3kms east of Braga. Set in the woods high above the city, this glorious ornamental stairway of granite is a monumental homage and is the object of devoted pilgrimage, where penitents climb up the steps on their knees.

Explore Porto

Set aside a day to visit this UNESCO World Heritage City. Will a day be enough time to fit in visits to the Planetarium to plot some of those stars you have been watching, to walk down the steep higgledy piggledy tiny streets that tumble down to the River Douro, to walk across the iron bridge built by Monsieur Gustav Eiffel and to visit the port caves and try that famous drink? Rest your feet and take the Open Top Tour bus for a fabulous view of all the best landmarks.

Visit the port wine lodges

at 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

Go down the river Coura in a kayak.

There are local companies that organize this kind of tour, finishing up at the River Minho at Caminha. Quite a unique experience indeed!

Nearby

Towns

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

Beaches

Caminha 5 mins
Vila Praia de Ancora 10 mins
Afife 12 mins
Moledo 17 mins

Airports

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

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