|Minimum Stay||3 - 5 nights|
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.
We had a brill few days. Many thanks
What a great apartment – so smart and convenient. We’ll definitely use it again.
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.
Geschäfte, Bahnhof, Strand: alles in unmittelbarer Nähe. Wir haben unseren Aufenthalt genossen
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.
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.
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.
We spent ten days in Vila Praia de Ancora, living with four people in this beautiful appartment. We felt that this was the best holiday appartment we ever had. It is spacious, pretty, affectionately furnished, clean and really well-equipped: There's everything you need, from towels and bed linens to a fully-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, washing machine, etc. For the warm Portugal sun, there are two sunshades to take to the beach, plus a wind-break for the sometimes strong wind coming from the sea.
The view from the balcony is indeed mesmerizing, the harbor is close by, and it's a ten-minutes walk to the beach. There's a bakery and a cheap supermarket right across the street.
Adding to this, Bergen provides a lot of information about the region, the town, restaurants to go to, how to find the place and a lot more which made us feel very secure even though it was our first trip to Portugal and none of us spoke Portuguese. He will also always support you if you encounter any unexpected problems.
So the appartment is definitely worth the price. And you actually really do not need a car, as the train connections are quite decent. Thank you very much, Bergen, for making our stay so comfortable and relaxing.
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
|Fees||No additional mandatory fees|
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.