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Make a holiday cottage in Arganil your home away from home

Southern Portugal is known for its fine beaches and medieval charm. Places like Vilamoura are renowned for offering golfers the holiday of their dreams. But what about Central Portugal? Visitors here can expect more stunning monuments boasting the eccentric architecture of yore. There are also many museums that provide further information on the region’s rich history. Visitors should also prepare for a heavy dose of Portuguese culture and music. As they revel in the bountiful attractions of the Coimbra region, visitors can rely on HomeAway to provide them suitable holiday accommodation. The range of holiday cottages in Arganil, one of the municipalities in Coimbra will warm the cockles of any traveller’s heart with their woody surroundings and spectacular views. Some of them even have swimming pools complete with parasols and loungers for those lazy summer afternoons. Tenants of these Arganil holiday rentals should also expect such facilities as barbecues and satellite TV.

Things to do

-Monuments: Among Coimbra’s most celebrated monuments is the Biblioteca Joanina at the Paco das Escolas. You don’t have to be a bookworm to fall for the charms of this beautiful library. Its construction began in 1717 under the watchful eye of architect Gaspar Ferreira. With ceilings covered in intricate murals and lavishly decorated doorways, it’s little wonder this centuries-old library is considered one of the prettiest in the world.

-Ancient churches: As evidence of the strong bond between religion and Coimbra’s history there are several medieval churches dotting this part of Portugal. The Igreja e Mosteiro is one of the more fascinating of these edifices and has been made a national monument. Visitors will be enchanted by the lovely arches and ribbed ceiling of this 12th century monastery. The Old Cathedral of Coimbra is one of Portugal’s most important Romanesque churches.

-Museums: More on this region’s heritage can be found in the museums of Coimbra. Materials used to teach Mathematics and other subjects in the 17th century can be seen in the Cience Museum. These materials mainly consist of Azulejos, decorated square tiles. The Museu Nacional de Machado de Castro contains a lot on Roman history.

-Concerts: To get a taste of Portuguese culture, residents of Arganil holiday homes will want to visit the fado houses of Coimbra. These are places where they can enjoy live music by talented local artists as well as rub shoulders with locals in a lively atmosphere. One of the more popular of these establishments is the aCapella on Rua do Corpo. As they snap their fingers to the captivating tunes, revellers can also feast on bitings and sip their choice poison.

-Nature: Coimbra has its fair share of greenery and those who are nature lovers or just need the verdant serenity of trees to relax can visit the Choupal National Forest. Here they can walk through the trails at a leisurely pace drinking in the peaceful ambiance or stop at the cafeteria and have a drink. Another place in this locality that can serve the same purpose is the Jardim Botanico. This park is particularly popular with romantic couples.

Weather in Arganil

For most of the year Arganil basks in glorious sunshine, only subdued in the months between November and February. This is, of course, winter and it is mild by any standards. Temperature averages at this time usually fall between 14 and 18°C. Showers can be expected at this time as well though October is the rainiest month. Summers are hot and dry and sun-seeking travellers destined for Arganil holiday cottages and villas should not forget their sunscreen and hats. Temperatures above 30°C are not uncommon, especially between July and August.

Travel to Arganil

Thanks to its capacity to serve several destinations across Europe and from other parts of the world, the Lisbon Airport is the preferred point of entry for visitors coming from outside Portugal. From there arriving visitors can travel to Coimbra by train. There are trains that make this trip every hour from the Lisboa Oriente station. To get to the station there are subway metro trains from the airport.

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                                                                                                      Fun Farmhouse

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      A return visit for us. A fantastic area for mountain biking and a friendly village to stay in. Spend time exploring the local area or stay close to the farmhouse, where you can watch the river go by at the cafe and even take a swim. The house is big enough for friends or two families with great courtyard and BBQ area for outside dining. Highly recommended by us for anyone who loves the outdoors and getting away from it all.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Apr 04, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017

                                                                                                      Surpassed all expectations!

                                                                                                      5 of 5
                                                                                                      Dreamy is the word. It was a joy to wake up every morning to the sound of birdsong, look out of my bedroom window and watch the clear waters of the river drift slowly by. I was tempted to jump in, but it was still a bit cold for that! Must be idyllic in summer. We immediately felt at home in the villa, which was modern, roomy and very comfortable, with a calm atmosphere and some nice touches, like the exposed stonework from the original house. The weather was a bit up and down, but the central heating and log fire kept us snug in the evenings.. The biggest surprise was the beauty of this gorgeous area, so unspoiled. We had some wonderful walks up in the hills, with breathtaking views and exhilarating fresh air. We both loved Coimbra, which is such an easy, laid-back city. The Roman ruins at Conimbriga were amazing and should be much better known. The local people were so friendly (many of them speak English and liked to show this off) and not out to rip us off. We kept thinking they must have made a mistake with the bill in the restaurants. Fantastically cheap and huge portions! They had English menus, too. I was so delighted with my short break that I have already booked to go back with friends and family.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: Mar 28, 2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Mar 2017