“Our first visit to Portugal was enhanced by the wonderful hospitality and facilities provided by Linda in her delightful home in Lousada Portugal. The location is very convenient for traveling to the numerous historic places of interest in the region and access to the Douro river from the fabulous city of Porto (35 min drive away) to the upper reaches of this magnificent waterway and the many famous vineyards along it's banks. There wasn't a facility not provided in Linda's home and as it was a non simultaneous exchange, her advice and assistance was a huge bonus. Trust is so important to us when seeking a successful exchange partner and location and our expectations were exceeded on both counts. Thank you Linda for providing us with such a happy and memorable home exchange experience Neil and Desrie Hunter Valley NSW Australia”
Linda's reviewsAs a host (2)
“We spent a wonderful 3 weeks in Linda’s home in Lousada. The location was excellent - just 1/2 hour from Porto, easy access to the Douro Valley, and in close proximity to several historic villages and scenic countryside. We were impressed with what northern Portugal has to offer – beautiful scenery, history, quaint rustic towns, rugged national parks, the unique charm and character of Porto, and friendly people. This was our first visit to Portugal, and hopefully not the last. As this was a non-simultaneous exchange, Linda was always on hand ready to help, and suggest places to go, providing directions and extra information. Linda’s home is comfortable and has everything we needed, and coupled with Linda’s friendly personality, made for a wonderful exchange.”
Where is it?
The villa is on the edge of a local small town, Lousada. The nearest city, well worth a visit, is Porto and is 30 minutes' drive or easily reached by a very cheap train service(free station parking). There are a number of other historic towns all within 30 minutes' drive and areas of great scenic and natural beauty are within easy reach. It is also the ideal place to discover the 'real' working Portugal, to get to know some of the local people, who are among the most hospitable in Europe. There are lots of facilities in Lousada - there is a good pool and gym, sports centre, many restaurants and a pleasant town centre.
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