Granja Beach apartment
Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Our large Granja beach apartment has sea views from several of the apartment's balconies and views of a monastery from the back balcony. There are three double sized bedrooms (1 double bed, 4 single beds), two bathrooms and a lounge dining area with a separate kitchen. The cot and cot beddding are included in the price. The apartment is 95m squared, excluding the four balconies. The kitchen was fully modernised in 2012, complete with a granite work surface. There is a 37" smart TV and FREE high speed WiFi. The master bedroom has cable TV and triple glazing.
The coast around Granja Beach is perfect for lazy days on the beach, at the local swimming pool, surfing the Atlantic breaker waves, playing golf ( a 30 minute walk, a 5 minute drive or, two stops north on the train) or shopping in Espinho, Gaia or Oporto. There are three restaurants and a cafe within a minute's walk from the apartment, plus a grocer's.
|Size||Sleeps up to 6, 3 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Granja 300 m|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, House swap, Long term lets (over 1 month)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Oporto 28 km, Nearest railway: Granja 200 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||DVD player, Sea view|
|General||TV, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 2 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (4), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Shared garden, Climbing frame, Swing set|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment has a flatscreen 37" Smart Internet TV, FREE high speed WiFi, XBox 360 with 2 wireless controllers, DVD player with USB divx playback via USB for guest use. The master bedroom has recently installed triple glazing, cable TV with a DVD player too. All bedrooms have blackout blinds.
There is an iron and ironing board, along with a hair-dryer and straighteners for guest use. We also have weighing scales to check the weight of suitcases before boarding for Easyjet's / Ryanair's 15kg limit suitcase allowance.
The apartment has a cot and cot bedding and a few toys available for no extra supplement. Two of the single beds have bed guards so are suitable for toddlers.
For our guests, there is a large beach umbrella, wind break and body surf boards for you to try out those Atlantic breakers! Use of beach towels is included in the price to save kgs and space in your cases.
|Further details outdoors|
The apartment complex has a children's play area outside and has ample parking in a residents' parking bay. It is a quiet, residential area with friendly neighbours.
Our apartment is located a five minute walk from Granja beach and a two minute walk to Granja train station. The apartment has sea views from several of the apartment's balconies and views of a monastery from the back balconies.
Directly opposite the apartment is a fantastic patisserie called 'Snopao' selling cheap meals, snacks, alcohol, cigarettes, coffees, cakes etc. from 06:00 until after midnight - they have a baker's at the back so you can buy your bread, warm and fresh, directly from the oven. A few doors away is a grocer's that sells almost everything you will need for your holiday i.e shampoo, sun cream, toothpaste, along with fresh food and locally grown vegetables at very reasonable prices.
On the ground floor of the apartment complex, there is a Portuguese restaurant and snack bar which is open seven days a week from early morning to after midnight. Across the road is a fantastic coffee shop / bakery /restaurant open daily from 7am until midnight. Within a few minutes' walk from the apartment, there are a few shops, including a chemist's. There are several other coffee shops and restaurants within walking distance from the apartment.
On the road to Espinho, a 20 minute walk from the apartment, is a Lidl supermarket, where you can purchase all your groceries and toiletries at reasonable prices. Due to our location near the beach and train station, a car isn't necessary unless you wish to travel around the area off the beaten track.
Not suitable for stag or hen breaks. We require a refundable deposit of £200/E250 which will be returned upon satisfactory inspection of the property and after the keys have been posted back to us. WE OFFER A REFUND OF THE HOLIDAY BALANCE SHOULD YOUR FLIGHTS BE CANCELLED DUE TO VOLCANIC ASH
Welcome pack available, upon request.
The Costa de Prata/Silver Coast/Central Portugal region
The northern part of the Silver Coast is Portugal's best kept secret. The Portuguese holiday there and enjoy for themselves the endless, sandy beaches, many that offer high quality surf conditions. The northern Silver Coast's sandy beaches are often uncrowded, even on hot summer days. The resorts are dotted with small fishing villages along the coast.
Espinho, 2kms from our apartment, is a renowned surfers' paradise and surfers flock here all year round. This city is busy year round with its weekly market which brings people from all over the region.
Granja is a 10 minute train ride from Oporto, Portugal's second city and trains run until early morning. The Ribeiro area of Oporto was designated a world heritage site and Oporto has everything a city can offer from night-life to culture to excellent gastronomy.
Portugal as a whole celebrates carnival but there are famous more Rio-style carnival processions with floats, music and costumes in Lisbon, Loule, Nazare and Viana do Castelo.
The Fantasporto International Film Festival is one of Portugal's oldest and longest running film festivals.
The Feira de Março in Aveiro from late March to late April is an historic festival now featuring folk and rock concerts.
The Senhor Ecce Homo festival in Braga is an Easter festival with barefoot, torch-bearing, hooded penitants in a spooky procession through the town.
In Porto on Passion Sunday (the second Sunday prior to Easter) there is a procession near the church of Nossa Senhora da Esperanca. Effigies of Judas are burnt around the cathedral on Easter Day.
The Fatima romaris (pilgrimage) is held in Fatima to commemorate the anniversay of the apparition of the Virgin Mary.
The lively Festas das Cruzes is held over a week in Barcelos with a procession and handicraft fair.
Early May sees the civic festival of Santa Joanna, held in honor of the royal princess Joana, who retired to Aveiro's convent (now a museum) in the 15th century.
The Queima das Fitas is a drink-filled festival in Coimbra when the town's students go mad with parades, fado and the burning of gowns.
Celebrate Sao Joao festival in Portugal on 24th June........This is the biggest festival on the Porto calendar, and one of Europe's liveliest street parties. There is a religious element to the festival, but it is first and foremost a huge party that attracts people from all over the country to Porto's old town centre - a UNESCO World Heritage Site that makes a stunning background for the revelries. Loud music pumps up from huge amplifiers set up on the main square, the smell of sardines being grilled on makeshift barbecues fills the streets, lit up balloons eerily go up in the summer evening sky, and boats ply the river with their loads of merry locals and tourists keen to get the best spot for the main event - the spectacular firework display. Afterwards revellers take to the narrow streets of the old town armed with plastic hammers and wild garlic stalks, banging each other on the head - a tradition whose origins nobody seems to remember, but which is fervently continued every year. The centre of the action then shifts to the beaches on the Douro estuary for a beach party that usually lasts well into the early hours.Party gets going at around 2000. Fireworks start at 0000. Don't miss it!
The Corpo de Deus (Corpus Christi) festival with processions is celebrated all over the country.
The Festa de Santo Antonio celebrates the 'saint of love' with newly-wed couples giving thanks and singles praying for a match made in heaven - usually around June 13..
The Festa de São Gonçalo in Amarante witnesses a large procession with single people exchanging phallic-shaped cakes as love tokens.
The Festa de Sao Pedro (Saint Peter) is celebrated in Porto on June 29 with music dancing and processions.
Porto hosts a beer festival at the Jardim do Passeio Alegre, Foz do Douro.
Fundao, famous for its cherries, holds a "cherry festival" in June with guided tours to cherry orchards and local restaurants showcasing cherry recipes.
The Festa do Colete Encanado held in Vila Franca de Xira has bull-running in the streets similar to the more famous festival in Spain's Pamplona with drunken youth running the bulls through the town's narrow streets.
Aveiro celebrates its historic heritage of painted boats - moliceiros - mid-July to mid-August with races and general merrymaking.
The Vilar de Mouros music festival in Caminha hosts top-notch rock bands from around the world at the end of the month.
Barcelos hosts the Festival de Folclore on the last Saturday of the month with traditional singing and dancing.
The Romaria da Nossa Senhora da Agonía (Our Lady of Sorrows) held in Viana do Castelo around August 20 includes an impressive parade of floats, displays of local crafts, carnival giants (gigantones), local music, nightly fireworks and lots of drinking.
The Festas Gualterianas (St Walter) has been held in Guimaraes on the first weekend of August since 1452.
The Festa Sao Bartolomeu held in Porto (Sunday after August 24) sees a procession of puppets and a healthy plunge in the sea at Foz do Douro.
Santa Maria da Feira hosts a massive Medieval festival around its castle for ten days in early August - this is a fantastic event for all ther family. Mid morning until around 4am.
The Festas do Sao Paio in early September in Aveiro features a traditional boat race on the northern lagoon.
The last Sunday of the month sees Porto's Nossa Senhora do Ó - a procession in honour of the pregnant Virgin beginning at the church of Nossa Senhora da Piedade do Cais.
Ponte de Lima's Feiras Novas (New Fairs) is an ancient 3-day affair dating from 1125 with music, dancing, processions and general merry-making.
Further afield, there are many different beach resorts along the coast - come and discover them for yourselves.
Portugal is steeped in a rich historical culture and the area's architecture depicts this. There are many beautiful cities and towns nearby, such as Amarante, Viana Do Costelo, Vila do Conde, Aveiro, Coimbra etc.
Granja has its own beach, sea front and promenade, less than a five minute walk from the apartment. On the sea front, there is an immaculate municipal swimming pool which overlooks the sea. Prices are for the whole day and there is a snack bar/bar inside at the poolside.
Directly opposite the apartment is a fantastic patisserie called 'Snopao' selling cheap meals, snacks, alcohol, cigarettes, coffees, cakes etc. from 06:00 until after midnight - they have a baker's at the back so you can buy your bread, warm and fresh, directly from the oven. A few doors away is a grocer's that sells almost everything you will need for your holiday i.e shampoo, sun cream, toothpaste, along with fresh food and locally grown vegetables at very reasonable prices
Granja train station is a 3 minute walk from the apartment from where you can catch local trains around the area. Granja and the surrounding area have lots of coffee shops selling delicious cakes which are a Portuguese pastime.
The area around Granja Beach is linked by an 18 km long board walk that cuts through sand dunes and connects all the blue flag beach resorts in the area. The boardwalk is extremely popular with walkers and joggers. Head down to the promenade and walk either north or south along the coast on the boardwalk - excellent therapy!
Stroll southwards towards Espinho, a lively year round town with activities for all ages. There are several different beaches in Espinho, depending on your preference, all lined with beachside cafes and restaurants, many selling fresh sea catches of the day. However, you will not find not Algarve prices here - you can eat freshly caught fish in a beachside restaurant with a bottle of wine for less than 7/8 Euros. Espinho has many shops and restaurants, two pools, several banks, internet cafes and a casino. Espinho hosts a free open air rock concert every evening in August by the side of the casino - early evening until 3am. All the locals come out in their best attire!
Walking north along the boardwalk, or one train stop north, is the small fishing village of Aguda with its statue of a fisherman, the lighthouse and the fantastic, wide, sandy beach. There are quite a few restaurants and cafes to watch the world go by from as the fishermen unravel their nets.
Continuing north along the board walk, or another stop north of the train, is the beautiful resort of Miramar which presents the famous chapel jutting out into the sea. Miramar has a nine hole golf course - some of whose tees are situated on top of sand dunes which are framed by ocean views This is one of the oldest courses in the country. Miramar is a 30 minute walk from the apartment, or two train stops north.
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11 Sep 2014
"The BEST location and accomodation!"
One of the great joys of this apartment is it's location. Everything, and everywhere we wanted to visit is easily accessible, either by walking or short train journeys. The large public pool at G… More
We're delighted you enjoyed your second visit to our apartment. Thank you for taking the time to review our apartment.
8 Sep 2014
"Perfect family holiday in picturesque location"
Family holiday with three children aged 6, 10 & 14. The accomodation provided ample space and was both clean and well equiped. The location is quiet but has good amenities and the local people were ve… More
Thank you for taking the time to review our beach apartment. It is always fantastic to hear that our guests have had a great holiday and found the apartment perfect for their needs. We look forward to you booking our apartment again in the near future.
6 Sep 2014
"Another fabulous stay in Granja"
This is our third stay at Granja Beach Apartment and we had yet another great holiday here. We had some fabulous days on the beaches, visited Porto on the train, ate in some fantastic restaurants, had… More
We're delighted that you enjoyed your THIRD visit staying in our Granja Beach apartment and we look forward to welcoming you for your fourth time soon. :) Thank you for taking the time to review our property.
21 Aug 2014
"Fabulous apartment in a wonderful location"
Granja Beach is a fantastic apartment with everything you need for a perfect stay. There was plenty of room for 6 adults and we had an extremely comfortable and relaxing holiday. The area is lovely an… More
We're delighted you enjoyed your holiday and found the apartment and area perfect for your group of six adults. We look forward to welcoming you back there in the near future.
31 Jul 2014
"An ideal place for surf lovers, and Porto Lovers!"
This spacious appartmnent is well equiped and ideally situated both for beach and surf lovers and for travelling around and visiting places of interest like Porto ( easy to reach by train, the station is about 5 minutes walk from the appartment), the Doro valley, Coimbra..
The owner Rachel is very frinedly and helpful, providing any information you might need and doing her best to make your stay the best ever. She wa also very helpful at organiszing our arrival in Granja.
Thank you for writing a review, Marie, and we are very happy you enjoyed your stay. This region of Portugal has a lot to offer for all ages. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Merci beaucoup!!!!
18 Jul 2014
"Can't wait to book next year!!"
Well I have to say I was impressed from the very beginning of our holiday. Great service and taxi from airport to the apartment. I couldn't get over how big it was for the money. Very spacious … More
Thank you for reviewing our beach apartment, Michael. We are delighted you had a great holiday and you enjoyed the beaches and surrounding areas. We look forward to welcoming you again! Thank you.
12 Jun 2014
"Enjoying the real Portugal"
The apartment in Granja is well equipped and beautifully clean. An easy walk to miles of beautiful beaches, Even in November there is a wide selection of authentic cafes bars and restaurants close b… More
Thanks for reviewing our Granja Beach apartment and great to know you have booked to go for a second visit already! We hope you will enjoy your second stay there even more than the first!
1 Jun 2014
Appartement très bien avec des propriétaires qui font tout ce qu'il faut pour nous faire passer un très bon séjour avec tous les conseils pour découvrir leur régionDe très bon magasin de p… More
Merci de prendre le temps d'examiner notre appartement. Je suis ravi que vous aviez une bonne vacances. Nous offrons l'escompte pour les clients de renvoi si vous voulez rester à nouveau. Merci beaucoup
16 Jan 2014
"Perfectly placed accommodation"
The flat is spacious and comfortable and well located near the beach and shopping areas. Some good value restaurantes also nearby. What we really enjoyed was walking from one beach to another. The nearby train station was also very handy
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are delighted that you had a great holiday. We hope to welcome you again at Granja Beach!
31 Aug 2013
"Excellent place to explore the local beaches"
We had a fabulous 17 days staying at this apartment. Very close to the beach with fantastic transport links too!
We walked (and ran) for miles along the boardwalk which is just a stone's throw from the apartment exploring all the locals beaches and fantastic snack bars and restaurants.
The local people are very relaxed and friendly and helpful.
The apartment is spacious and even when my sister joined us for a week it was more than adequate for the 5 of us.
Rachel has been amazing and so incredibly helpful from day 1. We are sure to return in years to come.
Delighted you had such a great holiday and you enjoyed the beaches, board walk, food, Portuguese people etc. like we do. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Thanks for choosing Granja Beach!
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