“The gate opens and the Farm welcomes us, huge.”

Rebanho na estrada, a caminho da aldeia da Gralheira

We met Quinta da Bouça after another happy Primavera Sound [junho’16] in Porto. We left the city and came to this special place by narrow and curvy roads, it reminds of my childhood, towards Tras-os-Montes. The gate opens and the Farm welcomes us, huge.

Paula showed us some of the guest houses and they’re all beautiful! Just because my roots are from nearby, it never stops to amaze me the warmth of a stone wall and the comfort of old furniture, the embroidered linens, details full of history.

Casa da Eira, where we stayed, was prepared as a family home. All accessories and details are provided. You can prepare a meal here as if you are at home (I even cooked a soup).

Casa da Eira living rom and views, guest houses surrounding areas , Casa da Raposeira living room

Casa da Eira living rom and views, guest houses surrounding areas , Casa da Raposeira living room

The rain ruined our plans of beautiful hikes, but it is impossible not to enjoy even the rainy days.

Fortunately, the skies allowed for some short walks. Amarante, a delightful surprise. The Carrapatelo dam in Douro river, so close. We managed to take a walk in the neighborhood, in the Bestança Bestança. We even got to Paiva Walkways on the day we left towards the South. And Montemuro Mountain, majestic. What about the food?Unbelievable. Talk to Paula, she gives great advice!

Bestança Valley, Amarante, Recanto dos Carvalhos Restaurant (Gralheira), Solar de Montemuro Restaurant, Panchorra Bridge

Bestança Valley, Amarante, Recanto dos Carvalhos Restaurant (Gralheira), Solar de Montemuro Restaurant, Panchorra Bridge

It was a shame we could not swim in the pool. But I wish to return with my children. There’s everything to make children happy here: pool, great lawns, an immense Farm for walking tours.

We left with a bag full of oranges and happy soul. We shall go back!

Note: Thank you so much to Xana F. for her testimonial and for all the images! We can’t resit saying that seasonal changes are always amazing (as it was the begnning of the Summer) … Now in the Autumn, there are beautiful images that you can do too ;)


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