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What a lovely house this was in an absolutely stunning area. We were a large group with young children and we all had a wonderful time. Silvia was so welcoming. The restaurant up the hill was very nice. Pool is gorgeous. We will definitely be returning. Penacova was stunning. Thankyou Silvia 😊
We have just returned home after a magical week at River Island. We are a family with three boys so finding that balance between relaxation and adventure can be difficult, but this week was absolutely perfect!
James and Heidi were the perfect hosts and have created a beautiful home and space, and they made it so welcoming for us on arrival. Others have talked in earlier reviews about the villa and we agree with every word.
The "Little Blue Book" full of suggestions on what to do in the area was incredibly useful, and there is so much to see and do. The highlights for us were the beautiful river beaches at Gois; the canal boat ride and old fish market in Aveiro; the character of the beach resort and the great waves at Costa Nova; the stunning Lousa Castle with an amazing river pool and great restaurant; and the drive through Serra da Lousa to the mountain village Talasnal. We all highly recommend all of these and there was much more that we hope to experience another time!
So overall a great property, fantastic hosts, beautiful location, plenty of opportunity to relax as a family by the pool, explore the river on kayaks, and find adventure in stunning central Portugal.
We can't recommend River Island highly enough!