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Luxury apartment with view of harbour and ocean

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Spacious, comfortable apartment close to the beach and all amenities

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.

More Details

Property Manager
Bergen Peck
Member since: 2006
Speaks: english, french, spanish, portuguese
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 11, 2018

Guestbook comments from the manager

We had a brill few days. Many thanks

What a great apartment – so smart and convenient. We’ll definitely use it again.
Oct 2014
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Vila Praia de Âncora Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • Beach
  • Town
  • Family
  • Basic Soaps
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet , en suite
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
  • Hair dryers, toilet rolls, soap, etc. are provided.
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 double , with en suite bathroom
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
    Bedroom 3 - 2 sleep sofa /futon
  • A cot is available. The apartment normally sleeps 4, but 2 extra children can be accommodated on single futons in the sitting room. Bed linen and towels (including beach towels) are provided.
  • Books ...
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Radio
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Beach Towels
  • Outdoor Grill
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Communal Pool ...
Onsite Services:
  • Massage
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • massage therapist
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • surfing
  • swimming
  • wind-surfing
Bed linen and towels (including beach towels) are provided and changed weekly. Sunshades and windbreaks for the beach are provided. The apartment is on the third (top) floor, and there is no lift.


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Luxury apartment with view of harbour and ocean
average rating of 4.5384617 based on 18 reviews

Comfortable apartment in a very appealing, small resort

  • 5 of 5

9 nights at the end of September, two adults. The flat was exactly as described, everything worked, and it met our expectations in all respects. The location is very convenient for the town centre and seafront, and also for the excellent Continente supermarket in the other direction (about 500 meters).

  • Submitted: Oct 5, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A spacious apartment in a good location

  • 4 of 5

We thought Ancora was a lovely, unspoilt resort with a fantastic beach and good facilities. The apartment is ideal for a family of 4 (providing the children are above toddler age due to the steps and the balcony), with easy parking and a great little bakery/cafe over the road for delicious bread and cakes. The living area is spacious, nicely furnished and spotlessly clean. Bergen has very helpfully provided lots of beach equipment which was much appreciated as the wind breaks and umbrellas are essential for a day on the beach. It was just what we wanted for a week's stay on the coast.

  • Submitted: Aug 17, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Schöne, zentral gelegene Wohnung

  • 4 of 5

Geschäfte, Bahnhof, Strand: alles in unmittelbarer Nähe. Wir haben unseren Aufenthalt genossen

  • Submitted: Jun 19, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nice apartment with a great view

  • 5 of 5

As a familiy of five (kids of 9, 6 and 2 years old) we stayed for almost a week in the apartment and enjoyed your time in Ancora. After the booking went smooth, unfortunately Bergen could not be in Ancora upon our arrival. But he arranged for us receiving the keys. The apartment was as expected and described, very spacious, everything was well prepared, even some beach equipment was found by the boys. The view from the kitchen counter on the sea was beautiful and served as our morning weather forecast spot.

Shops and bakeries/cafes are in the immediate vicinity, the beach and the gros of the restaurants is in 5-10 minutes walking distance. While it was a bit busy due to the holiday priod in August, Ancora is still not one of the obviously crowded places, but kept a lot of its old charme. Moreover, the beach and in particular the area where the small river meanders to the sea is a perfect place for kids to play; at least I haven't found many better places yet.

Therefore, Ancora as a small but lovely village without mass tourism as well as Bergen's apartment as a spacious place with good interior equipment can be highly recommended.

  • Submitted: Sep 14, 2014
  • Stayed: August 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Spacious and comfortable apartment with sea view

  • 5 of 5

We stayed for one week in this lovely apartment and very much enjoyed our holiday. The apartment is very spacious with very good furnishings. On arrival we found the place to be just as Bergen had described in the original booking details. The apartment was very clean and really well equipped with plenty of kitchen equipment, china and utensils, including a dishwasher and washing machine. We certainly appreciated the little touches of goodies left in the fridge and food cupboard to start our holiday with, thanks Bergen. There was also plenty of bed linen and towels, even beach towels were supplied.

The bedrooms are of a good size and are well furnished. There is a large cupboard in the hall for clothes, and also drawer storage in the bedrooms.

The kitchen is a good size with a lovely view of the harbour and sea from the breakfast bar. We did find the high stools a bit wobbly, so for the one night when we did eat in we sat at the large dinning table in the lounge.

There is a balcony that runs the full length of the lounge and third bedroom/book room. There are plenty of books to read in case you forget to take your own holiday reading.

Bergen has also supplied beach equipment such as beach brolley, windbreak, kids buckets and spades etc.

The apartment is on the third floor and there is NOT a lift. This was not a problem for us, but some people with leg problems would probably not cope with the stairs. It is about a ten minute walk to the main beach, and there is a very good small local supermarket opposite the flat. There is also a bread and pastry shop opposite selling lovely bread and cakes. Two cafe/bars also very close. Even though the apartment is in a busy neighbourhood during the day, at night it is very quiet.

There are very good restaurants in Ancora, and we were spoilt for choice. On the whole prices are very reasonable and food good. Lots of fresh fish available, and of course there is the early morning fish market if you wish to buy and cook your own.

There is a train connection in Ancora that goes to Vianna Castello and to Porto. There is also a bus service.

Bergen supplied lots of information of things to do in the area, and was very very efficient with how he dealt with the booking. He made it very easy for us. Thanks again Bergen. It will certainly be one of the places we will tell friends about and would certainly recommend it.

  • Submitted: Aug 31, 2012
  • Stayed: August 2012
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It's always a pleasure to meet our visitors, and of course we do everything we can to make their holiday as smooth and enjoyable as possible. We wish we could provide an elevator too, but the stairs to the third floor are perhaps good exercise after indulging in all that great Portuguese food and wine.
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Lovely Apartment

  • 5 of 5

My husband, our 3 year old son and I stayed here in August. We had a lovely time, especially welcome after a busy week spent in Porto.

The apartment itself was spotlessly clean and very well equippped. We especially appreciated the little touches like provision of a windbreaker, buckets and spades to use on the beach and beach towels. There was a welcome pack there when we arrived which was very thoughful.

My husband and I enjoyed sitting on the balcony in the evenings, watching the sun set while sipping a glass of the local Vinho Verde (very nice!!). The views across to the harbour and the beach were lovely.

The location of the apartment was very good. It was a few steps from a supermarket and we would recommend the patisseria across the road for croissants, little cakes etc. The apartment was only a few minutes stroll to the beach and town centre but was quiet at night. Also, with the town being on the train route, it was really easy to get out and about to visit some of the local towns on those days which weren't spent playing on the beach.

Overall, we would recommend this apartment very highly.

  • Submitted: Aug 21, 2011
  • Stayed: August 2011
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Our approach to renting our apartment is to put ourselves in the shoes of our visitors. We try to think about how long they'll have been travelling, when they're arriving and where from - that influences the contents of the welcome pack. If they're flying to Portugal, we try to provide all the things that are difficult to carry in the luggage - beach towels, etc. And of course, we've slept in the apartment and cooked meals there ourselves, so we're aware of the little things (kitchen equipment, hairdryers, etc) that are needed to make visitors' holidays that bit more comfortable.
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Nearest Airport
80 Kilometres
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Just around the corner
Nearest Ferry
650 Kilometres
Santander, Bilbao
Nearest Golf
35 Kilometres
Ponte de Lima
Nearest Train
1 Kilometres
Âncora - Praia
Nearest Motorway
1 Kilometres
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Just down the road
Nearest Beach
300 Metres
Vila Praia de Âncora
Car: not necessary

Vila Praia de Âncora is popular as a family seaside resort, yet is still unspoilt. The fishing fleet is still working, the beaches are clean, safe and very varied, the restaurants are fantastic and the town itself really attractive. All the amenities you need are here, and everything is within walking distance. Beyond, though, is another world, of mountains and historic towns, quaint forgotten villages and the rugged National Park. And the cities of Porto and Braga, and Vigo and Santiago in Spain, are easily reached by a new motorway network. All perfect for a family holiday, or a romantic getaway with quiet afternoons on an empty beach, or for touring a region that modern 'progress' has yet to reach. Âncora is on the railway line, too, from Porto to Spain, so you don't even have to hire a car. The apartment is almost in the centre of the town, and only a few hundred metres from the beach, and with most shops you'll need on the doorstep, yet it's still a quiet, relaxed neighbourhood.

Other Activities: Karting, 10-pin bowling, canoeing


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees
Tax Rate 2.75%

Prices are for 4 people. Up to 2 extra people may be accommodated at a small additional cost.
The apartment is cleaned and bed linen and towels changed once per week (for stays of 11 nights or more) (included in price).
Prices include bed linen and towels (including beach towels), sunshades and wind breaks.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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