We really really enjoyed our time in Ponte de Lima in the North of Portugal - it was our first trip to the North having only been previously to the Algarve and Lisbon before.
We booked a two stay villa holiday through Portugal Holiday Villas with whom we had booked before through a friend and good reviews on the web (I have done another review separately of the other villa in the Douro) one nearer the coast and the other up in the heart of the Douro Valley.
Ponte de Lima whilst inland has amazing river beaches and is only about 15 minutes to gorgeous Costa Verde with fabulous beaches and uncrowded and very clean.
The house was only 10-15 minutes max walk into to town and Ponte de Lima is gorgeous cute friendly and had a nice mix of local Portuguese tourists and a some from outside of Europe. Everyone was helpful and spoke some English - the food was always delicious and such good value and huge portions - order half portions
Miguel and his mother were delightful at check in and very helpful and Portugal Holiday Villas were also very helpful with suggestions of things to do and places to go. Their house is very spacious and was even more charming than the pictures on the web which dont do the place justice. Especially loved the outdoor pool area and the pool kitchen and lounge with shower room and WC - very handy with little ones!
Day trips were so easy to Spain (25 mins) and Braga (40 mins) and even a day to Porto (55 mins)
This was the first of our two week stay and we left with high hopes of our second week - which I can tell you was just as good.
I recommend both the house but also Ponte de Lima as a destination
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