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Villas in Costa Verde

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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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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Overall rating
Scores 8.6 out of 10 based on 57 reviews
Reviews and scores from the last 12 months.
10 out of 10


Family (the eldest child is at school)
Beautiful beaches
Can't comment on nightlife as we did not go out.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 10 August 2019
Published on: 12 August 2019
8 out of 10


Chichester Family (the eldest child is at school)
The rover and beache
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 10 August 2019
Published on: 11 August 2019
9 out of 10


Forest Gate Group
We hired kayaks in Ponte Verde which was a lovely. Also the market was interesting and the wine museum.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 06 August 2019
Published on: 14 August 2019
10 out of 10


Family (the eldest child is at school)
We loved the rustic, rural feel to the region and as well as the villa. Ponte da Lima is well worth a visit.
Nothing but I have given a low night life score as there was no night life in the village! This would not be a destination for those seeking bars, night clubs etc.
Confirmed stay: 06 August 2019
Published on: 08 August 2019
7 out of 10


London Group
Esposende - great relaxed seaside town, with good cycle path into national park.

Cheap to eat out, friendly people.

Good access from airport.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 06 August 2019
Published on: 07 August 2019
10 out of 10


Family (the eldest child is at school)
Rural, quiet and beautiful but near to beach and town
Confirmed stay: 03 August 2019
Published on: 08 August 2019
6 out of 10


Harrogate Family (the eldest child is at school)
Local fiestas are good. Beaches quiet. Very cheap food.
Immediate area is quite run down.
Confirmed stay: 03 August 2019
Published on: 04 August 2019
9 out of 10


Hemel Family (the eldest child is at school)
Pena aventura is an adventure park 15 minutes up the mountain which was a great day trip from our villa. Lots of lovely parks etc near by too and a natural swimming pool across the road were all great.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 03 August 2019
Published on: 04 August 2019
6 out of 10


Family (the eldest child is at school)
Lovely scenery
good parks and outdoors activities
really hard to find good restaurants that opened before 7.30 in evening so not great for young kids.
found quite alot of restaurants unwelcoming / unfriendly in the local vicinity but better in towns up and down the coast.
Confirmed stay: 31 July 2019
Published on: 01 August 2019
7 out of 10


Bristol Family (the eldest child is at school)
The quietness and amazing vista from the villa.
Reviewer left no comment
Confirmed stay: 27 July 2019
Published on: 01 August 2019
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