Vieira do Minho self-catering holiday accommodation is set in a municipality to the west of the city of Braga and to the south of the Peneda-Geres National Park, in an area noted for both its mountains and greenery, with dense forest, rivers and a number of picturesque old towns dotted around.
Vieira do Minho self-catering holiday rentals are found on the southern fringes of the Peneda-Geres National Park, which is the only protected area of its kind in the country, and provides a natural haven for a wealth of natural species, preserving some spectacular mountain scenery as well. It’s a fantastic setting, full of interest for anyone with a passion for nature, and also boasting a number of sights relating to early human settlement. There are prehistoric monuments here, including dolmen, and, much later, interesting structures such as the Espigueiros of Soajo – large granite warehouses built for storing food. The park would be perfect for walks, with numerous marked trails leading to spectacular features such as the many impressive waterfalls in the park. Alternatively you could also make the short trip from a holiday villa in Vieira do Minho west to the historic city of Braga. The centre here offers an abundance of history, with a stunning medieval cathedral that is nearly a millennium old. Meanwhile you could also make for the hills that overlook the town to visit the medieval sanctuaries – Sameiro is particularly attractive and boasts medieval frescoes and paintings. Also very close to Vieira do Minho self-catering holiday accommodation is the city of Guimaraes, which is preserved as a UNESCO World heritage site, and regarded as one of the most beautiful places in the country. The castle, dating to the 900s is highly recommended.
The city of Porto is around an hour by southwest of holiday accommodation in Vieira do Minho. It’s Portugal’s second city, and is also listed as a World Heritage site thanks to its variety of cultural influences. The Ribeira area, overlooking the water is impressive, with a cluster of tall narrow renaissance buildings.
During your stay at holiday rentals in Vieira do Minho you’ll experience slightly cooler conditions that would be expected further east or west, due to the presence of mountains. Still, summers are long and consistently warm here, with highs well above the mid-20s in July and August. Winters are mild to cool on high ground with more rainfall.
Porto Airport (OPO) is an hour by car from villas in Vieira do Minho, and you can fly here from the UK with Ryanair, TAP or EasyJet from London Gatwick (LGW), Stansted (STD) or Liverpool (LPL).