Granja Beach apartment
Apartment | 3 bedrooms | sleeps 6
Our 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, a lounge dining area with a separate kitchen. There is a large, double sofa bed in the lounge that easily converts into a large double bed. Although the apartment does sleep 8 , plus cot (3 double bedrooms, double sofa bed, plus cot), we prefer to rent to fewer people. 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 granite work surface. There is a 37" smart TV. Free high speed WiFi. The master bedroom has cable TV too.
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.
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|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 8|
|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 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. There are several fans available too as well as electric oil heaters for cooler winter evenings. 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 five 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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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!
17 Aug 2013
"Spacious Appartment - Great Location"
This spacious 3 bed appartment was great value. With two teenage boys a big advantage was the TV, Wifi and Xbox ! A 5 min walk to Granja railway station meant a car was not necessary, Porto is only 20… More
Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are glad you had such a good holiday in Granja.
15 Aug 2013
"An amazing holiday, can't wait to return."
From the beginning the owners were very helpful and accommodating. They passed on a vast amount of useful information about the area, things to do and see and good places to eat. Communication with th… More
Thank you very much for reviewing our apartment. We are delighted you had a great holiday. We look forward to welcoming you again soon. We offer discounts for returning guests.
2 Jul 2013
"Granja, a very beautiful town in Portugal."
Went to Granja in Portugal in June with my husband and three kids. Stayed in a lovely spacious apartment in Granja which was just a short walk from the beach, and five minutes from the train station. On the beach was this amazing board walk that went on for miles and linked up the beaches and little towns. There were several little restaurants nearby that severed lovely food at great prices. The local people were very friendly and very helpful. It was a lovely experience and would like to return again some time.
Thank you very much for taking the time to review our beach apartment. We're delighted you had a lovely holiday. We look forward to welcoming you back to Granja again soon.
14 Mar 2013
I visited Granja with my husband and baby. We knew that the weather might not be ideal in early March, but we just wanted to get away. We stayed in this apartment for ten days and were really happy wi… More
Delighted you had such a good time. Thank you for taking the time to review our apartment
28 Jan 2013
"Fantastic apartment and vacation, highly recommend!"
We stayed there in May and loved it. The apartment has 3 large double bedrooms plus two bathrooms. The beds are really comfy! Having two TVs is big plus too. For the size of the apartment and the proximity to the beach, this apartment offers excellent value. The nearby restaurants sell fresh fish that is simply delicious – you have to experiment. There is a wonderful cafe/ restaurant just across the road. The beaches are delightful, some with a real 'fisherman' feel. We drove down to Coimbra which is a very old, historic university town that has one of the oldest universities in Europe. The whole area around Granja is how I'd describe the real Portugal. The owners were really helpful and gave us lots of accurate information prior to our visit. We live in Las Vegas but if we visit Portugal again, we would definitely stay there. Thanks for a great vacation.
Delighted you enjoyed your stay in Portugal as part of your trip to Europe. Thank you for taking the time to write a review our apartment.
10 Sep 2012
"Great place, lots of space and great beaches"
Apartment is massive with the creature comforts of home. There was plenty of room for everyone and included a washing machine, hairdrier, hair straighteners, PS2, televisions, iron, heaters, fans and a huge box of toys for the kids.
We loved the beautiful beaches that had very few people on them. The coast is great for surfers and when the tide goes out for rock pooling.
Granja is not a major tourist venue for the Brits and that is reflected in the cost of food and drinks, our most expensive meal for 5 including drinks was €45, but was normally about €30.
With this in mind there is very little in English but the people locally help as much as they can, so borrow the phrase book from the apartment. Nearby there are a few restaurants, coffee shop (yum), small supermarket and hairdressers, but the train station is very close and it's easy to hope on to Espiniho which is more tourist based and has a greater number of the above.
My only negative on this holiday was the noise from the train station during the night as they run throughout, but it didn't disturb the kids or anyone else.
We loved the local pick up from the airport with the drivers arranged through the owner, they are very punctual and polite and speak a bit of English. They had car seats for both of my little ones and helped with the bags into the apartment, they also bought us water and milk for our arrival which we hadn't asked for. We enjoyed our stay throughout. Thanks for a great relaxing holiday.
I'm sure if we felt inclined there is a lot more do nearby but we just wanted to relax and that's just what we did.
Thanks for taking the time to review our property, Carolyn. We are so pleased that you had such a great time. Remember that we offer discount for returning guests. Thanks again.
17 Aug 2012
"Great location, spacious, clean and well equipped."
The appartment is really spacious, we are a family of 6 and we had plenty of room. As we were there for over two weeks, the owner arranged for clean sheets and towels half way through the stay. There were two televisions and wi-fi which was super for teenagers during the Olympics. The kitchen is well equipped.
Prior to the visit the owner was extremely helpful and was willing to explain everything.
The location of this property is fantastic, you can see the sea from the balcony and it is two minutes away from the nearest station. We didn't need a car at all as the trains were cheap and reliable. A trip to Porto cost under 2euros and took less than 30 minutes.There are plenty of beaches to choose from and the walk along the boardwalk to Espinho or Miramar was a daily treat. Along with the bakery opposite which serves fantastic, cheap pastries from 6.00am to 01.00am. Teenagers were able to surf in Espinho and eat ice-cream without breaking the bank.
You are able to eat out for very little and the wine is cheap and palatable.
I would recommend the appartment and area for families with children of all ages.
Thank you for your really positive comments. We are delighted you had such a great holiday and found the apartment exactly as described. Remember we offer discount for returning guests. Many thanks for choosing Granja Beach.
14 Jul 2012
"Don't miss this one!"
Don't pass this one by! This property is a real gem of a find. I have been three times (last year most recent). It's clearly a well-cared for place that's very clean and fresh. Two bat… More
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