One-bedroom cottage 90035.1
Property nestles quietly on the slopes of the Serra de Santa Luzia, looking directly over to the Atlantic and so affording that rare combination of a sea view in one direction with a mountain backdrop in the other. The region is ideal for walkers wishing to explore the surrounding pine forests or for those who crave the exhilaration of bathing in natural waterfalls nearby. The Quinta is only 3 km from the lovely, historic town of Viana do Castelo and just 1km from Praia da Areosa, one of the many beautiful, white, sandy beaches so characteristic of this part of northern Portugal. The current owner, José Teixeira, can trace the history of his family and that of the Quinta back to the 16th century, when the main part of the house and the chapel were built by his ancestor Gonçalo Vilas Boas on his return from living in India.
The Quinta stands in four hectares of land which include as many as four gardens and a shared pool. José, his wife and their three sons & daughter live in the main house, while guests occupy the six pretty cottages in the grounds, converted from former farm buildings standing round a central courtyard. Each cottage is simply furnished and rustic in style with one or two personally chosen antiques dotted around to add to their charm.
There are three one-bedroom cottages (T1), each of them comprising a twin or a double room, bathroom, small living room & kitchenette. Sleeps 2 persons, breakfast included.
Guest have at their disposal iron & board on request, communal sitting room with TV, breakfast terrace, barbecue area, gardens, children’s play house & small football pitch, swimming pool with magnificent sea view.
Approx. driving times: Porto airport: 1 hr • restaurant: 10 mins • beach: 5 mins.
The Minho, in the verdant northwest corner of Portugal, is almost a land unto itself. The region begins some 40 km (25 miles) north of Porto and stretches to the frontier of Galicia, in northwest Spain. In fact, Minho and Galicia and their people are strikingly similar. The regions share a Celtic background.
Granite plateaux undulate across the countryside, broken by the green valleys of the Minho, Ave, Cávado, and Lima rivers. For centuries, the region's bountiful granite quarries have been emptied to build everything from the great church facades in Braga and Guimarães to the humblest village cottages. Green pastures contrast sharply with forests filled with cedars and chestnuts.
The small size of the district and the proximity of the towns make it easy to hop from hamlet to hamlet. Even the biggest towns -- Viana do Castelo, Guimarães, and Braga -- are provincial in nature. You'll sometimes see wooden carts in the streets, drawn by pairs of dappled and chocolate-brown oxen. These noble beasts are depicted on the pottery and ceramics for which the Minho (especially Viana do Castelo) is known.
Religious festas are occasions that bring people out into the streets for days of merrymaking and celebrations, including folk songs, dances, and displays of traditional costumes. The women often wear woollen skirts and festively decorated aprons with floral or geometric designs. Their bodices are pinned with golden filigree and draped with layers of heart- or cross-shape pendants.
The Minho was the cradle of Portuguese independence. From here, Afonso Henrîques, the first king, made his plans to capture the south from the Moors. Battlemented castles along the frontier are reminders of the region's former hostilities with Spain, and fortresses still loom above the coastal villages.
Porto is the air gateway to the Minho. A car is the best way to see the north if you have only a short time; if you depend on public transportation, you can visit some of the major centers by bus and rail.