Roll through Beira countryside to find a gorgeous stone quinta at the foot of a green valley. Once a simple riverside dwelling for two sisters, Riverstone Cottage is now a beautiful airy home with a quirky feel; the kitchen and living area is open-plan and sociably set up for cooking, with cookbooks aplenty to inspire.
Outside find lemon and orange trees, a tranquil stone courtyard and a traditional bread oven – an ideal space for a barbecue. Take a dip in the garden plunge pool when the irrigation is good or walk down the lane to the river beach for a swim.
Head to Gois for lunch by the river and more swimming; or paddle down the Mondego in a kayak. Stretch your legs on trails for mountain biking, hiking and horseback riding – pass through gorgeous scenery leading to traditional schist villages with castles and great local food