The countryside of northern Portugal and its great outdoors is a dream for adventure lovers. Explore, on foot or by bike, a patchwork of fragrant pine forests and gorges, streams and seasonal bursts of colour from abundant trees along the Lima River valley. It’s home to an impressive array of wildlife including deer, wolves, otters and Garrano ponies.
You stay on a 28-hectare rural vineyard and beef farm, set on a plateau with rippling views over the valley and hills. The casas are rustic and homely with oodles of space for families and groups. Carefully revived, the buildings nod to the past but include everything you need for a super holiday. Cook and eat together, inside or out, splash in the shared pool, wander through the woods to the river.
Take a stroll around pretty Ponte de Lima (8km) to stock up on delicious local produce, barbecue back at base, or take a night off and book a meal and wine tasting on the farm.