Quinta da Lua

Braga area

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Accommodation

MAIN HOUSE
  • Ground floor: Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine). Twin bedroom. Shower room. Principal double bedroom with en suite bathroom.
  • First floor: Mezzanine landing. Sitting/dining room (TV, DVD, i-pod dock, wood burning stove) with doors to covered terrace. Central heating throughout the house. WiFi.      

ANNEXE 
  • Accommodation: Entrance hall. Two double bedrooms with en suite shower room. Central heating.
 
  • Outside: Spacious terraced grounds of lawns, grassland and fruit trees. Open and covered terraces. Poolside shower.  Barbecue. Private swimming pool (12m x 5m) with Roman steps.

Nestling against a backdrop of lush woodland this fine stone residence sits amidst 2 acres of tiered walled grounds in the most attractive of rural settings. Home-from-home comforts and a restful country ambience await within its traditional walls whilst the bustling local life, shops and restaurants of historic Vila Verde are just 2.2km away.

A charming courtyard, still displaying its original floor of higgledy-piggledy stone paving, creates a delightful entrance and a sense of the history and charm that has been so sensitively retained in the property’s recent restoration.

Up-to-the minute appliances have been fitted against a backdrop of exposed stone walls, solid wood furnishings sit comfortably alongside family heirlooms and on the upper floor of the main house a wonderfully spacious living room opens out onto a covered terrace, a perfect vantage point from which to survey the ample grounds.

Visible from here are grassy terraces beyond and below the swimming pool, fruit trees offering a tasty selection of oranges, lemons, kiwis and plums, and to one side, a separate annexe housing two of the four bedrooms. All of this looks out towards a picturesque vista of pretty countryside, which can be easily explored via some excellent walking and mountain biking trails. In the distance is the nearby town of Vila Verde, whilst just 1km away are the local church and café of the village of Barbudo.

Terraced grounds mean that young children may need supervision.
We kindly advise that smoking is not permitted inside the house.

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Great Things to Do Near Quinta da Lua

Take a picnic and while away the afternoon on the shore of the pretty River Homem...

There is a river beach here and a couple of cafes and ice-cream stalls.

Nearby Vila Verde is known for the very high quality of its handicrafts, especially pottery and wickerwork...

Also, the traditional lover’s handkerchief (lenço de namorado) is made by local women - this is a love token that girls give to their would-be husbands to attract their attention..

See Citania de Briteiros, One of the most impressive archeological sites in the country lies between Braga and Guimaraes...

It consists of more than 150 foundations for huts, two of which have been rebuilt in the style of the Celtic settlers. There is a network of paved streets, two rows of town walls, a bathhouse and even a public fountain all of which can be easily identified. Built on a hilltop, the site has great views over the surrounding area.

Walk in the footsteps of the pilgrims up the steps of the 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 pentitents climb up the steps on their knees.

Visit the village of Lindoso, near the border with Spain...

There are 2 main sites to visit in this pretty town. One is the castle which is a National Monument and well worth exploring, and the other is its collection of more than 50 'espigueiros', grain stores dating back to the 17th century. Stop off for lunch at the restaurant at the bottom of the hill from the castle.

The Ponte de Lima flower show..

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...

Spend a day in historic Guimaraes Walk around the medieval cobbled streets which are flanked by old houses whose balconies are covered in flowers...

There are shops selling local pottery and the famous 'bordados de Guimaraes' the linen embroidered with a single colour of thread (black, red, blue or grey).Lunch in one of the restaurant terraces to enjoy the local specialities. The city was recently a European city of Culture and retains the cultural atmosphere today.

Sample the local Vinho Verde wine...

Particularly the Alvarinho, a style of wine unique to this area. Then stock up with supplies at the wine co-operative in Ponte de Lima. The Adega Cooperativa is in Rua Conde Bertiandos (near the hospital).

Hire bikes from the nautical club and explore the Ecovia...

The 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.

Explore the stunning natural beauty of the Peneda Geres National Park...

For peace and tranquility amid beautiful surroundings try to visit the Peneda-Geres National park, the first protected area to be founded in Portugal and the only National Park in the country. Having once been the home of the brown bear and the mountain goat, Peneda-Geres is today one of the last refuges of the great predators, such as the royal eagle.

Visit Braga's market...

For a taste of the real Portugal, visit the Mercado Municipal. Located in the Praca do Comercio to the north of the city centre, the Mercado Municipal is open from 8am to 3pm Monday to Friday, and from 6am to 1pm on Saturday.It's the perfect place for meandering through the stalls, taking in the smells, sights and flavours of traditional Braga. Here you will find everything from Minho gastronomic specialities to regional costumes and embroidery.

Go fishing!

Some of the best fishing rivers are in the North of Portugal. The River Cavado is close by or head upstream to Lake Canicada where trout is plentiful. Licences are available from local Town Halls.

Visit the charming fortress town of Valenca on the banks of the River Minho...

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. Its very popular with Spaniards so to see it at its best stay till early evening when most visitors will have left.

Have a drink on the terrace of one of the beachfront cafes in Esposende...

A chaming seaside town, popular with the Portuguese and blessed with a lovely dune-backed beach of fine white sand.

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.

Make sure you visit the Thursday market in Barcelos, one of the largest in Europe...

There are stalls which sell everything, food, ducks and rabbits, clothes, pottery and handicrafts. You will not come away without bagging a bargain!

Water sports in the Caniçada reservoir...

Try your hand at windsurfing or water skiing a just take a stroll around this picturesque reservoir. Head for Rio Caldo, the best base for the reservoir, a 50 minute drive from Barbudo.

Unwind in the pretty garden...

Grab a book and head for the pool to relax in the sunshine.

The museum, Museu dos Biscainhos in Braga, gives an interesting glimpse of how Portuguese nobles lived in the 17th & 18th centuries...

Visit this museum in the Palace of Biscainhos. You can look around the chapel, stables, bedrooms and kitchen and then explore the lovely gardens.

There's plenty to see and do in the beautiful old city of Braga, Portugal's 3rd largest city after Lisbon and Porto...

A good way to get around is to hire a bike - visit 'Go by Bike' in Rua de Sao Marcos, near the central plaza. Or if you prefer take one of the Yellow Bus Tours around the town to see the best sights.

Nearby

Towns

Barbudo 3 mins
Vila Verde 7 mins
Pico de Regalados 8 mins
Vila de Prado 10 mins
Braga 20 mins
Barcelos 30 mins
Ponte de Lima 30 mins
Guimarães 37 mins

Beaches

Malheira River Beach 13 mins
Praia da Apúlia 40 mins
Esposende 45 mins

Airports

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

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