A region from where the roots of Portugal as a nation sprang, the Costa Verde. The Costa Verde in Portugal is an area which encompasses the towns of Braga and Porto, and offers visitors a diverse mixture of history and more traditional tourist attractions. Situated in the north west of the country, its landscape of sandy beaches, vibrant towns, pine woods and vineyards continues to make it popular with visitors. The town of Braga is one of the most important in Portugal's history. This was the original capital of the region, and visitors can explore the medieval history of the town in its castle and in the streets, where many medieval buildings still exist. Porto is one of Portugal's most important cities, and travellers should make sure that they visit the 'Ribeira' or River Bank Quarter. Here they can enjoy a real taste of Portuguese nightlife, as well some of the region's best produce, in the lively bars and restaurants. If you're looking for a lively, vibrant nightlige on your summer holidays, any seaside resort on the Spanish party island of Mallorca would be ideal, why not take a look at Port de Pollenca Holiday Villas as a starting point to your ultimate Mallorcan party holiday.
Costa Verde Holiday Villas - enjoy the golden beaches and warm Portuguese sunshine
One of the most famous local products is, of course, port wine. People staying in Costa Verde villa rentals can enjoy some of the local wines at the town of Vila Nova de Gaia, just across the Douro from Porto. There are over 50 port lodges here where varieties such as Sandeman's and Taylor's can be tasted and bottles bought. The area has outstanding beaches, and many people who stay in villas in Costa Verde are drawn by the chance to enjoy seaside sports such as windsurfing. At places such as Ofir, it is also possible to scuba dive and snorkel, while less active types will simply want to sit on the sand and soak up the view. The stretch of coastline which runs from Esposende to Ofir and Fao is designated as a protected landscape area, and is regarded as one of the most beautiful areas of coast in Portugal.
Villas in Costa Verde - treat your friends and family to the ultimate summer getaway
With the sea playing such a prominent part in life in the region it is no wonder that there is some great seafood on offer. Many of the towns and villages in the area began life as fishing villages, and most still have some form of active fishing fleet. Chances also exist for visitors to Costa Verde apartment rentals to do a spot of fishing themselves. Visitors who favour a more passive attitude to wildlife spotting will enjoy a trip to the Peneda Geres National Park, where brown bears, wolves and mountain goats run free.Whether it is an urban or rural break being sought, a lounge by the seaside or a mountain hike, Costa Verde holiday rentals can provide an unforgettable vacation for everyone.
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