It may be small, but the beautiful Costa Verde region, tucked away in Portugal’s northwest corner is a delightful medley of contrasting landscapes, historic monuments and wonderfully atmospheric towns. Named the ‘green coast’ for its lush, emerald forests and thriving vineyards, the Costa Verde is also loved for its long stretches of white sand beaches, wild Atlantic surf and dramatic mountain scenery. With everything so close to hand, your stay here can be as varied as you like; watch the fishermen bringing home their catch, ride the waves like a windsurfer, spot royal eagles on a walk through the national park, or head into Porto for a gourmet supper on the bustling riverfront.Learn more about Costa Verde »
Caminha is a small port town located on the River Minho, towards the north of the Costa Verde. Historically a town of industrial importance and known for its exports, the town is now simply a pretty market town...3 villas 1hr Porto Int
Afife is a quaint, old village in the north of the Costa Verde. Blessed with a three kilometer stretch of beautiful sandy beach, Afife has become a popular beach destination in this region. The village itself h...1 villa 1hr Porto Int
Located close to the bustling city of Braga, Amares is a small rural town, hidden by citrus trees and known for its production of oranges. For dining out, the centre has a varied selection of restaurants offeri...1 villa 1hr Porto Int
The elegant city of Braga, is the third largest in Portugal, laced with ancient narrow streets and interesting buildings. With an upscale old town, packed with lively cafes, trim boutiques, excellent restaurant...1 villa 50mins Porto Int
Cabeceiras de Basto is a small village located inland on Portugal’s stunning "Green Coast". Here, like many of its neighboring towns and villages, you will more than likely be blown away by the ...1 villa 1hr Porto Int
Situated 35km east of Porto, the town of Penafiel is ideally situated for exploring this fascinating region. Visit the beautiful beaches of the Costa Verde coastline, explore the vineyards of the Douro Valley o...1 villa 35mins Porto Int
Named after the bridge that leads to the town over the River Lima, Ponte de Lima is a small, rural destination located slightly inland on Portugal’s stunning Costa Verde. Old streets, lined with elegant b...1 villa 50mins Porto Int
Located in the heart of the region, Póvoa de Lanhoso is a small traditional town within easy reach of the coast. Visiting the town you will notice the imposing castle of "Monte do Pilar" perche...1 villa 55mins Porto Int
Within half an hour of the sandy beaches at Vila do Conde and lively Pavoa de Varzim, Santo Tirso is a town typical of this region of Portugal. Wander through its narrow streets, marveling at the cultural herit...1 villa 25mins Porto Int
In land from the town of Caminha, Vila Nova de Cerveira is a small, historical village with a good range of amenities including bars, restaurants, shops and a bustling Saturday market. Due to its location on th...1 villa 1hr 5mins Porto Int
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Lovers of the great outdoors are spoiled for choice amid this stunning and varied landscape. Many holidaymakers are drawn to the coastline’s wild and wonderful waves and there are plenty of opportunities to join the locals for a spot of fishing along the Minho and Tamego rivers or take a trip on a tram in Porto. Meanwhile, in the stunning Peneda-Geres National Park you’ll discover amazing backdrops in which to discover ancient ruins and wildlife, or for the more adventurous there are amazing hiking and climbing routes, with kayaking and fishing also on offer.
Whether you’re tempted onto a surfboard by the crashing waves of the Atlantic swell or content to just relax in the sunshine, you’ll find the fine sandy beaches along the Costa Verde are beautiful, easy to reach and rarely crowded. The resort of Vila Praia da Ancora at the far north of the region has a pretty, sheltered bay stretching between the town’s two ancient forts, while the neighbouring Blue Flag beach of Moledo, near Caminha, is famed for its strong waves and delightful sand dunes.
The ancient riverside city of Porto is simply brimming with historic buildings and monuments recalling its colourful past. It’s a great place to admire architectural gems such as the imposing Cathedral and decorative São Bento train station. Don’t miss a visit to the medieval seaside town of Vila do Conde and the famous Santa Clara Monastery with its 5km-long aqueduct, built on 999 arches. Or venture to the village of Cabeceiras de Basto where you can visit the Monastery of Saint Michael with its impressive thirty three meter high dome.
With the fruits of the sea on one side and fertile valleys on the other, it’s no wonder this region can hold its own when it comes to fresh, local ingredients. Traditional favourites include the hearty Caldo Verde soup, made with shredded cabbage, potato and garlic, tasty goat stew and fish dishes, from shad and whiting to the ever-popular balcahão (salted cod). Whether you’re dining at one of Porto’s atmospheric riverfront bistros, on the beach or in a rustic village café, a chilled glass of the region’s lightly sparkling Vinho Verde is a great accompaniment.
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