On the top floor of a good quality 3-storey building (no lift) in a quiet area of a thriving fishing town, the apartment is recently redecorated and refurnished to a high standard. There are great views to the fishing harbour and the beaches, which are a few minutes' walk away. This is the Costa Verde, with a great variety of beaches ideal for the family, or for a romantic getaway, or for surfing. The apartment is spacious and very well equipped, with a brand new kitchen and a breakfast bar with a fabulous view. There are 2 bedrooms (one en suite) and another room to use as a sitting room or for two more people, using convertible seating. This room and the lounge open on to a balcony, where there's table and chairs. A fireplace offers comfort in winter too. There's a DVD player and an extensive library of novels. Sunshades, beach towels and windbreaks are provided for the beach. It's just 500 metres to the village centre, but immediately outside there's an excellent range of local shops.
Beaches: Vila Praia de Âncora is a family seaside resort in the centre of the Costa Verde, a 100km stretch of safe, clean beaches - family beaches, surfing beaches, sandy or rocky beaches, open wide sands or discreet, romantic beaches - you can go to a different one each day to suit your mood. At Afife there's a surfing beach (and surf/body boarding lessons); at Caminha there's a beach with one side on the Atlantic, the other on the River Minho; or you can hire a ferryman to take you out to a deserted island; on Serra de Arga there are fresh mountain pools and waterfalls; and there are also warm, sheltered river beaches on the Rivers Lima and Minho.
Touring and tourism: For those who enjoy rural sightseeing, just touring around, or taking some long walks, there's the rugged, wild countryside of Peneda-Gerês National Park, & further away the Douro Valley provides plenty of opportunity. The villages and country lanes of Alto Minho offer a landscape from an earlier era, and Serra d’Arga (784m) provides great views in all directions. For more sophisticated entertainment, there's the Casino at Póvoa, and plenty of history, culture and night-life in a dozen towns within a short drive. There's karting, surfing and fishing, and the World Heritage City of Porto. The traditional Romarias, folklore, singing, dancing and decorative crafts and costumes provide an unusual taste of the local culture. And the famed cuisine of the Minho region can be found in restaurants galore, accompanied by Portuguese wine - one of the world's best kept secrets! Minho is also something of a secret destination, still untouched by the pleasure playgrounds of other holiday spots.
Golf and fishing: For golfers, the excellent Ponte de Lima course is 35km away. Part of “a bucolic scenery of mountains, vineyards and fruit gardens”, it's a course typical of the Minho region. Par 71, 6005m, including Portugal's longest hole at 622m (par 5).
If you like fishing, there are some great opportunities here, in the rivers and on the shoreline. Licences are easy and cheap to obtain from the ATM machines, and the Minho, Lima and Âncora rivers have some wonderful spots to while away the hours.