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.
Costa Verde - Natural beauty and life's simple pleasures
Our villas in the Costa Verde scatter Portugal’s most northern expanse, which is trove of unspoilt beaches, charming towns and wonderful landscapes. With a more than essence of escapism, there are few places in Europe’s summer holiday scene as untouched as the 'Emerald Coast'.
Costa Verde Activities
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.
Costa Verde Beaches
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.
Costa Verde History
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.
Costa Verde Food
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.
Costa Verde Holidays - Points of Interest
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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Scores 8.5 out of 10based on 59 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
5 out of 10
Beautiful coastline beaches to die for with huge waves
Just the area although stunning it seemed to be shut down. If this wasn't a family holiday it wouldn't have mattered too much but we struggled to find things to do and places to go
Confirmed stay: 28 September 2019 Published on: 04 October 2019 8 out of 10
London Family (with only pre-school children)
Nice big beaches
Restaurants only opened at 7pm so not great for toddlers
Confirmed stay: 21 September 2019 Published on: 02 October 2019 8 out of 10
Quiet, not as busy as the Algarve
Beware of any planned music events in the village, they go on very late at night (but only 1 night in our case)
Confirmed stay: 21 September 2019 Published on: 24 September 2019 9 out of 10
Roxton Family with adult children
The Villa and the local towns were great to browse and enjoy a coffee. We were also lucky with the weather - warm enough to enjoy the pool but not too hot that made days out unbearable.
Two convenient restaurants to walk to but limited, similar menu, though the nearest one did serve excellent mussels, prawns and lobster.
We did miss the warmth of the mediterranean sea - the Atlantic is too cold to swim in, but the large villa pool made up for this!
Confirmed stay: 17 September 2019 Published on: 19 September 2019 8 out of 10
beach balcony en suite bathrooms friendliness and helpfulness of the owner
the surrounds of the bed the dim lighting in the kitchen THE PYLONS!!!!!!
Confirmed stay: 16 September 2019 Published on: 21 September 2019 5 out of 10
The town of Caminha is lovely. The nearby beaches are also beautiful. Provision of shower gel by poolside.
Poor access to pool. Restricted outdoor space. Lack of privacy. Noise from local festival over middle weekend! Absence of WiFi until end , Friday, of our first week.
Confirmed stay: 14 September 2019 Published on: 19 September 2019 10 out of 10
Rural and beautiful. Easy to navigate around
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 14 September 2019 Published on: 15 September 2019 9 out of 10
East Grinstead Family (the eldest child is at school)
Beautifully quiet location. Some lovely towns nearby Supermarkets close enough
Didn’t want night life but if we did would be disappointed
Confirmed stay: 07 September 2019 Published on: 08 September 2019 9 out of 10
Kent Family (the eldest child is at school)
Water related activities were okay in Ponte De Lima.
Pleasant local area in costa verde/ Progo restaurant staff in the area for the occasional eating out with the family.
The water related activity staff seem more relaxed than we would find back home in terms of a user understanding safety of the event being undertaken.
We didn’t feel there was a lot of opportunity to have the occasional nice meal out in Progo.
Confirmed stay: 31 August 2019 Published on: 14 September 2019 9 out of 10
Family (the eldest child is at school)
Lots of pretty towns to visit with good restaurants.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 31 August 2019 Published on: 05 September 2019
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