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Villas in Costa Verde

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Costa Verde villa holidays

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.

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  • Caminha

    Caminha

    Caminha is a quaint coastal town located on the River Minho. There is a good selection of shops, cafes and restaurants in the picturesque main square and pretty surrounding streets.

    6 villas 1hr Porto Int
  • Ponte de Lima

    Ponte de Lima

    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.

    5 villas 50mins Porto Int
  • Esposende

    Esposende

    Bordered by a choice of beautiful sandy beaches, this popular coastal town offers a quaint historic centre, with a choice of shops and eateries.

    2 villas 35mins Porto Int
  • Afife

    Afife

    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.

    1 villa 1hr Porto Int
  • Amares

    Amares

    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. A great place from which to base yourself and explore the Costa Verde.

    1 villa 1hr Porto Int
  • Barcelos

    Barcelos

    The picturesque medieval town of Barcelos, sits in an attractive riverside position, with its narrow streets and charming squares lined with quaint buildings, eateries and shops.

    1 villa 40mins Porto Int
  • Braga

    Braga

    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, boutiques and excellent restaurants.

    1 villa 50mins Porto Int
  • Cabeceiras de Basto

    Cabeceiras de Basto

    Be blown away by the breath-taking scenery and architecture of Cabeceiras de Basto, a small village located inland on Portugal’s stunning "Green Coast".

    1 villa 1hr Porto Int
  • Penafiel

    Penafiel

    Situated 35km east of Porto, Penafiel is ideally situated for exploring this fascinating region. Why not visit the beautiful beaches of the Costa Verde coastline? Or explore the vineyards of the Douro Valley.

    1 villa 35mins Porto Int
  • Povoa de Lanhoso

    Povoa de Lanhoso

    Located in the heart of the region, Póvoa de Lanhoso is a small traditional town within easy reach of the coast shadowed by the imposing castle of "Monte do Pilar" perched on the top of the hill.

    1 villa 55mins Porto Int
  • Santo Tirso

    Santo Tirso

    Within half an hour of the sandy beaches at Vila do Conde and lively Pavoa de Varzim is Santo Tirso, a town typical of this region of Portugal with narrow streets and a rich cultural heritage.

    1 villa 25mins Porto Int
  • All our villas in Costa Verde are visited and handpicked by our in-house experts

Costa Verde Villa Selection

We have chosen a selection of 20 villas from our full list of properties in Costa Verde. Find the perfect villa below:

About Costa Verde

Outdoor pursuits in Costa Verde

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.

On the beach in Costa Verde

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.

Hints of history in Costa Verde

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.

Local cuisine in Costa Verde

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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  • Wander around Porto, the country’s charming second city, for a taste of its buzzing ambience, striking architecture and array of bars and restaurants.
  • Take a tour of the region’s famous vineyards and port estates to sample world-renowned vintage ports and delicious wines.
  • Take long, leisurely strolls along the stunning powder beaches, or try your hand at riding the waves.
  • Explore Portugal’s only national park, the magnificent Peneda-Geres, to savour breathtaking scenery and abundant wildlife.
  • Head inland to Guimaraes, home to the country’s first king and now a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with oodles of cultural charm, great shopping and a tempting array of eateries.
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Beaches

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Praia de Afife, Afife

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car
Parking: Beach front, Free

Beach type:

Golden sand, Public beach, Straight beach, 500m - 1km long

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Free facilities: Showers
Information updated 25 Feb 2014

Praia do Moledo, Caminha

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Public transport available, accessed by less than 15 Steps, Accessed via Ramp, Boardwalk
Parking: Beach front

Beach type:

Golden sand, Public beach, Straight beach, greater than 2km long

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Cabana
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Family friendly restaurant, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 24 Feb 2014

Espinho Beach, Espinho

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre, accessed by less than 15 Steps, Accessed via Boardwalk
Parking: Beach front

Beach type:

Golden sand, Public beach, Straight beach, 1 - 2km long, Beach popular with tourists

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Parasol, Cabana, Sun lounger without cushion
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers

Activities for hire:

Surfing

Food/Drink:

Beach front: Kiosk, Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 24 Feb 2014

Rio de Moinhos Beach, Esposende

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre
Parking: Beach front, Free

Beach type:

Golden sand, Public beach, Straight beach, 500m - 1km long

Food/Drink:

Beach front: Cafe
Information updated 13 Nov 2014

Ofir Beach , Esposende

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre, Accessed via Ramp
Parking: Beach front

Beach type:

Sandy beach, Public beach, greater than 2km long, Beach popular with tourists

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Free facilities: Toilets, Showers

Food/Drink:

Beach front: Cafe, Bar
Information updated 13 Nov 2014

Suave Mar Beach , Esposende

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Easy walk from resort centre, Accessed via Ramp, Pavement
Parking: Beach front, Free

Beach type:

Golden sand, Public beach, Straight beach, 1 - 2km long, Beach popular with tourists

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Free facilities: Toilets, Showers

Food/Drink:

Beach front: Cafe
Information updated 13 Nov 2014

Miramar Beach, Porto

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car, Public transport available
Parking: Beach front

Beach type:

Golden sand, Public beach, Straight beach, 1 - 2km long

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Cabana
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers
Information updated 24 Feb 2014

Praia do Cabedelo , Viana do Castelo

Access to the Beach:

Easy access by car
Parking: Within 5 mins walk

Beach type:

Golden sand, Public beach, Semi circular beach, 1 - 2km long

Beach safety:

Awarded blue flag

Facilities:

Free facilities: Toilets, Showers

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 24 Feb 2014

Vila Praia de Ancora, Vila Praia de Ancora

Beach type:

Golden sand, Public beach, Straight beach, 500m - 1km long

Facilities:

Charged facilities: Cabana
Free facilities: Toilets, Showers

Food/Drink:

Walking distance: Local/traditional cuisine
Information updated 24 Feb 2014
 
 

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The details displayed are for general information purposes only and were correct as at the last updated date. Please note that details (including opening and closing times) may change. In particular, some facilities may only be available during high season. Attractions are not connected to James Villa Holidays and we do not endorse or recommend any supplier or attraction.

*Whilst wheelchair / disabled access is deemed good in our opinion, it may not be compliant to Disability and Discrimination Act standards - for more detailed information we suggest that you contact the local tourist board.

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