Our apartment is situated 5 minutes walk from stunning Vau beach in the sunny Portugese Algarve. It has a fabulous terrace with sea view. Newly refurbished...
Where is it?
This peaceful area of Portugal is delightful, not yet part of the mass tourist scene the roads are very quiet and pass through beautiful scenery - giving easy access by car to many places of interest. We are situated just 15 minutes drive from the pretty country market town of Arganil, which has a good selection of shops - including two large supermarkets - banks, hospital, pharmacies and a weekly traditional market. There are plenty of bars, cafes and restaurants, many of which are accessed through the pedestrian only part of the town and an attractive square, which has water fountains and stages traditional entertainment many evenings over the summer.
It is 40 minutes to the picturesque old University City of Coimbra, an hour from the coast, an hour and three quarters from Porto, Lisbon can be reached in a two hour drive. Train services in the area are also excellent, with the Alfa Pendular service out of Coimbra taking just one and a half hours to reach Lisbon. The best preserved and largest Roman ruins in Portugal are to be found at Conimbriga, which is 33 miles away and Fatima, famous as a holy pilgrimage destination, is an hour and half away. Obidos, a two hour drive, is also worthy of a visit - the town remains a well preserved example of medieval architecture. We have included some photos of places we have enjoyed that you may also like to visit. Please note that due to the rural nature of this area a car is essential.
There is something for everyone in Central Portugal; culture and history in the cities, nature in the countryside and of course the beautiful beaches along the atlantic coast, with traditional resorts such as Figueira da Foz being a one hour drive away. There are also golf courses within easy reach - the nearest being two nine hole courses each a 40 minutes drive and the superb 27 hole Montebelo course at Viseu, just under an hour away. Horseriding is available in nearby Gois and river fishing can be accessed at several local nearby spots .
River beaches also abound locally and hillside wooded walks/cycles are right on the doorstep. There are many Schist Villages in this part of Portugal, the nearest being Aigra Nova - which is also the start for good, clearly marked circular mountain hikes in the surrounding hills. The stunning scenery of the Serra D'Estrela mountains is a lovely drive of just over an hour, offering breathtaking views from the highest point in Portugal - it is a popular ski area in the winter.
Alternatively just explore the area and enjoy meeting many friendly people in the numerous picturesque nearby towns and villages. Also of course, sample Portuguese cuisine and try the huge selection of local wines and ports - all at extremely reasonable prices.
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