Quinta da Vista Alegre
Guest house | 11 bedrooms | sleeps 25
This charming building maintains all the original architectural enchantment of the 19th century in a carefully decorated environment, where no detail is forgotten. Harmoniously combining the comforts and the refinement of modernity with the calm and relaxing environment of nature, this house is an oasis of enjoyment. The pretty pergolas, fountains and magnificent gardens make this the perfect place to enjoy a quality break away from your otherwise hectic life. Located in the centre of Freamunde, 3 km away from Paços de Ferreira and 30 km away from Porto, everything you need is nearby. It is situated in the Vale do Sousa region, which is rich in historic buildings and patrimony.
Quinta da Vista Alegre presents a friendly and intimate environment, where the staff tries to meet your needs. The variety of facilities and professional staff make this an ideal location for both business trips and leisure stays.
The surrounding area has many interesting attractions, well worth a visit. We recommend the following and will be happy to suggest more: - The museum and the Citania of Sanfins (Unesco World Patrimony candidate), 2 km. - The Ferreira Monastery (Vale do Sousa Romanesque Route). - The Dolmen of Lamoso, 3 km. - The furniture museum in Paços de Ferreira, 3 km.
|Size||Sleeps up to 25, 11 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Porto (Homem do Leme Beach, Foz Beach,), Matosinho 37 km|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car essential, Wheelchair users|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport (Porto) 37 km, Nearest railway: Penafiel 12 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player, Staffed property|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Telephone, Fax machine, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Clothes dryer, Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||11 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms of which 10 En suites, Solarium or roof terrace|
|Furniture||Single beds (13), Double beds (5), Cots (2), Dining seats for 24, Lounge seats for 10|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Access||Parking, Wheelchair users|
North of Portugal
Landscapes and tradition
The upper-most region of the Portuguese mainland contains a world of contrasts. From the green festive Minho to the austerity of Trás-os-Montes. From the mild Atlantic coastline to the harsh climate of the mountainous interior. From a deeply industrialized zone of Vale do Ave to Peneda-Gerês Natural Park. Porto, a modern metropolis, is the heart of the whole area, where the finance, the services and the cultural life are based in. In contrast, there are middle-sized urban centres, such as Braga, Guimarães, Viana do Castelo or Bragança, which also foster their surrounding zones.
This is a part of the country with dense vegetation and profound historic wealth. It was here that Portugal's first king, Dom Afonso Henriques, was born in the beginning of the 12th century, having then extended the kingdom to the south, in what was considered as one of the most heroic feats of the Christian Reconquest.
The inheritance of a distant past is seen everywhere. Enjoy the aristocratic tradition of hospitality. Along with this unreproachable art one may enjoy an abundant gastronomy, light, acidulous wines (vinhos verdes) and rich wines, and a variety of handicrafts that mingles the shine of the filigree with the colour of the local embroideries.
If you follow the coastline, you will not miss the beautiful beaches, seaside resorts and enchanting villages such as Caminha and Vila Nova de Cerveira. Inland and worthwhile visiting is the Peneda-Gerês National Park and the breathtaking beauty of the Douro… Throughout the region the rivers, waterfalls, vineyards and fertile plots combine with the ancestral monuments in urban centers.
Porto, the capital of the country's northern regions, with its international airport, offers the delights of a riverside city as it is magnificently situated on the mouth of the Douro river, from where boats leave to sail up the beautiful river. Seaside Viana do Castelo, ecclesiastic Braga, and medieval Guimarães are but a few other examples of a happy alliance between popular heritage and cosmopolitan elegance.
PLACES OF INTEREST NEARBY
Amarante - this pretty town proudly displays its 17th century mansions, with colourful balconies of painted wood brightly decorating the narrow streets, its restaurants with terraces overlooking the river or the beautiful bridge of São Gonçalo which leads to the great monastery of the 16th century that bears the name of the same saint.
Barcelos - medieval walled town with a dungeon. Worthy of a visit are the Ceramics Museum, the Archaeological Museum of the Dukes' Palace, the mother-church (Roman-Gothic), and the churches of Terço, Cruzes and Benedictine Convent. Walking tours: around the ancient Jewish quarter or in the streets with medieval houses and Baroque manors; boat tours: on the Cávado river.
Braga - Founded by the Celts in 300 B.C. and a Roman administrative center in 27 B.C., Bracara Augusta, as the Romans named it, combines the religious importance with today's commercial and industrial prosperity.
Bragança - Majestic city, with medieval castle and walls, amongst which is the Domus Municipalis, a unique example of civic Romanesque architecture.
Caminha - the ancient fortress town of Caminha overlooks the river Minho and is rich in historical and architectural patrimony.
Chaves - The 14th-century keep of Chaves castle overlooks the town's medieval square - Praça de Camões.
Guimarães - Portugal's birthplace, with medieval castle and walls, houses a magnificently well preserved historic center.
Porto - The North's most important city lent its name to the famous wine and to Portugal. One must stroll around its typical quarters (especially the area on the waterside the "zona ribeirinha") and its bustling downtown. To visit: the Stock Exchange Palace, the Roman-Gothic Cathedral, the Church of Cedofeita (Romanesque), the Clérigos Tower (Oporto's ex-libris) and Church; the Church of São Francisco, of Romanesque origin and with its gilded carvings, and the Church of Carmo, with its tiled facades. Museums: Soares dos Reis, Casa de Serralves, Casa Museu de Guerra Junqueiro. One should not miss a visit to the wine cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia and free tasting of the famous port wine. Guided Tour
Póvoa de Varzim - is both a traditional fishing town and cosmopolitan summer resort for the people of northern Portugal.
Viana do Castelo - Spread along the north bank of the Lima estuary (where one can take trips on typical boats), this town is famous for its handicrafts and colourful regional costumes.
Vila do Conde - Ancient medieval shipyard. Interesting architectonic places to visit.
Vila Real - founded in 1272, it's a town with great diversity of religious architecture.
And many other places of interest…
In the Costa Verde region, one finds all the delicious northern dishes as the "caldo verde", the codfish, pork filets ("rojões"), duck with rice, as well as other typical regional meals. In Viana do Castelo, the rice with codfish and the octopus "à Margarida da Praça" style. In Caminha, the steamed conger-eel, the whiting and the bream. In Paredes de Coura, the codfish "Miquelina" style;: in Monção, the roasted kid, the shad and the lamprey; in Melgaço, the smoked hams; in Oporto, the famous tripe.
On the dessert side, one can relish the rich and varied pastries traditionally baked by the nuns - "S. Gonçalo" and "papos de anjo", the "doce de travessa", the "arroz doce" (sweet rice) and the "aletria", the "rabanadas", "sonhos" and "mexidos" (popovers and sweet dumplings), the delicious "pão de ló" and the egg yolk and almond paste based pastries. As for as drinks are concerned, the Port wines and the Vinhos Verde are a must.
Holy Week Festivities - Braga
St. John's Festivities - Oporto, June
St. Torquatus Pilgrimage - Guimarães, July
Senhora da Agonia Festivities - Viana do Castelo, August
Festivities of Senhora do Amparo and São Tiago Fair - Mirandela, July-August
Embroideries, linen, textiles and tapestry.
Jewelry and filigree.
Popular ceramics and pottery.
Works in wood, leather, copper, tin, wrought iron, wicker and osier.
Nearest and most known beaches
Aguda Beach (Gaia )
Leça da Palmeira (Matosinhos)
Aterro Beach (Matosinhos)
Azul Beach ( Angeiras )
Lavadores Beach (Gaia)
Homem do Leme Beach (Porto)
Foz Beach (Porto)
It is an hour drive away from Northern Spain - Galicia with very important cities such as Vigo, Santiago de Compostela, Pontevedra, A CoruÃ±a, Ferrol, Lugo, Ourense, etc
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