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Salto del Caballo

Former Smuggler's headquarter right on the border between Portugal and Spain
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Former Smuggler's headquarter right on the border between Portugal and Spain
2 selfcatering apartments in 2 seperate buildings
romantic patio
little swimming-pool on the patio
kitchen-dining area in the apartment
double bedroom with balcony
comunal TV-room
Marvao Castle
summer in the natural park
kitchen-dining room
Castelo de Vide
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2 Bedrooms , 2 Bathrooms , Sleeps 4
Valencia de Alcantara, Province of Caceres, Extremadura
Casa Salto del Caballo, situated in the small village of La Fontañera, offers stunning views towards the Natural Park Serra de São Mamede and the Castle of Marvão in the Alto Alentejo of Portugal. For this is a historic building dated from the late `19th century with the added bonus of having some unique characteristics: Firstly, it is slap bang on the Spanish Portuguese border. You can literally come in from the Spanish side and walk out through the other doors onto the magnificent São Mamede Natural Park in Portugal.

Not surprisingly, this strategic position has lent it a past always connected to the smuggling trade between Portugal and Spain.Up until 1992, when the borders opened mainly coffee and leather boots, but also bread, garlic or whatever was wanted on the other side was smuggled. As the front entrance is in Spain...
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About the Owner, Eva S
Languages spoken: German, Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
Calendar Updated: 141 days ago
Listed since : Oct 2013
Overall rating: 5.0 / 5.0
Based on 1 review and 1 property
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Listing #HL1083671
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Hoogeveen, The Netherlands
2 reviews
Reviewed 6 August 2014 for a stay in July 2014

We visited 'Salto del Cabalho' in july for only one week with our two kids (14 and 11). The old but very nice renovated house is something special with a very nice atmosphere, the small pool is nice and refreshing, the garden end terraces offer enough space for evryone. If there is anything you need, just ask the very nice and helpful owner Eva.
There is a very large natural and a normal swimming pool in Portagem, 8 km. Visiting the village and Castle of Marvao (on a mountaintop) is something you wouldn't miss, as well as horse-back riding at 'Caballos de Marvao' or renting a mountain bike at the reception of the swimming pool in Portagem. Ride to the lake at the Barrgem (dam) nearby (look at the map) and swim in clear and fresh water. (cheap) diners at Valencia or Castelo de Vide. Don't expect Disco's, French cuisine or night-life, everything even in the mid-season very quiet and easy. But even the Kids loved it. A week is just to short ..we hope to come back.

  • Air Conditioning
  • Balcony or Terrace
  • Cooker
  • Dining Seats (4)
  • Double Beds:(2)
  • Fireplace
  • Full Baths (2)
  • Grill
  • Internet Access
  • Kettle
  • Linens Provided
  • Refrigerator
  • Shared Garden
  • Shared Outdoor Pool (Unheated)
  • Suitable For Children Under 5
  • Toaster
  • Towels Provided
  • TV
  • Washer
  • Wi-Fi
House rules
    Pets allowed
    Smoking allowed
    2 Full baths
    2 Fulls
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There are no extra costs for final cleaning, washing machine, wifi internet, fire-wood for the wood-burner.
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How to get there
Airport: Lisbon: 220.0 km
Ferry: Santander: 600.0 km
Guests may use Lisbon, Faro or Madrid airports. The roads are good and have very little traffic.

Distances from the airports:

Lisbon to Casa Salto del Caballo: 250 kms / 150 miles - 2.5 hours
Faro to Casa Salto del Caballo: 360 kms / 225 miles - 3.5 hours
Madrid to Casa Salto del Caballo: 450 kms / 280 miles - 4.5 hours '
Activities nearby
Fishing Nearby, Horse Riding Nearby.
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