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We are so proud of our new accommodation, the Rondavel. The name comes from the round dwellings out of Southe Africa. They are built out of wood, stone or clay. We chose for a wooden Rondavel, with attractive wooden walls, floor and ceiling.

In the spacious room are two easychairs and a puff. The sitting room has a modern diningtable and four chairs.

The open kitchen has a four burner gas stove, a fridge, a watercooker and a coffeemachine. Crockery and pans are available. We also provide you with towels and teacloths.

The main bedroom has two single beds which are tied together, but can also be placed apart. The second bedroom which is admissable by a door has bunkbeds which can be placed apart as well. We can also provide a babybed. Bedlinen is included.

The bathroom has got a shower, a vanity-unit and a toilet. There is enough room to put your toilet articles away.

The Rondavel has turned into an open and spacious apartment, with French doors which open out to a large terrace in the shade of an old tree. On the terrace is a diningtable and four chairs and two gardenchairs. From your gardenchair you look out over the valley and the orchards. The Rondavel is situated in one of the most beautiful places in the garden. You will have a lot of privacy.

Just as is the case with the other accomodations, you can always use the barbecue in the outdoor kitchen.

Our renowned 'Sardinhada'. During the high season your stay will end with a festive communal meal, the ' Sardinhada'. This includes: delicious sardines , good wine and good company. You're free to join

Bookings:

Your booking is irreversible the moment we get the reservation form and we confirm the dates. At the same time we'll send you the bankdetails and the bill. One third of the amount is required for the deposit. The remainder should be paid one month before arrival in advance.

Cancelation:

It is not possible to return the first payment. You can diminish the risk with a Cancelation Insurance. If you have paid the full amount, and you have to cancel the reservation: we have the following rules:

if you cancel 1 month before arrival, we'll return 70 % of the amount.*if you cancel 14 days before arrival , this will be 50 % of the amount.*if you cancel 7 days before arrival, this will be 25 % of the amount.*When the cancelation is less than 7 days before arrival, it will be impossible for us to return anything.

* The amount is the total price minus the first payment.

Others:

  • in July and August a minimum of 7 nights, Saturday to Saturday, is required.
  • the rest of the year a minimum of 3 nights is required.
  • no smoking in the apartments.a cot is available, if necessary.
  • Quinta Antes o vento is not responsible for accidents, nor are we responsible for your personal things.
  • The use of the apartments, the veranda, the garden and the plungepool is at your own risk.
  • if you destroy properties of Quinta Antes o Vento we'll have to charge for the damage, so that we will be able to replace the damaged things.
  • the apartement or the Yurt are available from 15.00 o'clock on the day of arrival until 11 o'clock on the day of your departure.
  • dogs are allowed, but please do not allow your dog to poop in the garden. It must be on a leash whilst in the garden.
  • please, leave the apartment as you find it.

Walking along the Costa de Prata (Silvercoast) in Portugal

Walking in this region is fantastic, we know as no one else. The Costa de Prata has many things which are worth while, like the picturesque villages, fine scenery, woods of eucalyptus trees and pinetrees, orchards and vineyards, highlands and a beautiful, often rough, coastline. There are lots of convents, castles and many other historical buildings worth to visit. In spring and autumn the climate is still soft and nice and it won't be too hot to walk.

The Costa de Prata is a great destination for hiking. Therefore we have developed a special programme for walkers in the months of April, May, June, September and October, but of course you can walk all year around:

  • You walk alone with a written guide of the walk and drive in your own car to the start of the walk and back again. (You might take a taxi to drive you back to the start.)
  • You walk alone with a written guide, but we'll take you to the start of the walk and pick you up later.
  • You walk with your personal walking guide.
  • You chose a combination of above-mentioned points.
  • You can choose whether you have your breakfast, lunch and/or dinner provided by us.   

Sample program:

First day: Arrival

A walk about the Quinta and the village. We suggest a walk about our Quinta just to get to know the surroundings. The walk goes through the orchards and the woods to the village of Vimeiro, where you can drink a coffee and eat the famous Pastel de Nata.

Distance: 7 km.

Second day: Walk from the convent of Alcobaça to the convent of Cós. We walk through the village of Boa Vista to avoid the busy road. When we arrive at the convent of Cós you can expand your walk by going to the Hermitage of Cós. You can return the same way or choose to walk back along another way.

Distance from Alcobaça to Cós: 10 km.

Distance on the way back: 7 km.

Third day: Today you walk along the coast from Salir do Porto to Foz do Arelho. A beautiful route through villages and along the coast to the village of Foz do Arelho, where you can easily find a taxi to take you back to Salir do Porto, when necessary.

Distance: 14,6 km.

Fourth day: Walk through Caldas da Rainha, a town nearby with some special sights. From there we drive to Foz do Arelho where we start the walk to Óbidos. We walk along the lagoa (lagoon), pass the sailing-school, walk through eucalyptus- and pinewoods, pass the orchards and walk after 13 km into Óbidos.

Distance: 5 km. In Caldas da Rainha

Distance 13 km . Foc do Arelho to Óbidos

Fifth day: Famalicao- Nazaré. Famalicao is a small village, situated just behind the first row of dunes between São Martinho do Porto and Nazaré. You’ll pass a plateau which after an earthquake thousands of years ago ended up in a vertical position in the landscape. If you look very carefully, you can still see the prints of the dinosaurs. A little later we'll see some Portuguese villages and an ancient church. Then the walk goes along the beach in the direction of Nazaré. In Nazaré you can expand the walk by going to the Sitio. 

Sunday:  Sunday is special. In the morning we visit the market of Santana. Then we go by car to the salt-mines of Rio Mayor and make a walk in the Serra dos Candeiiras. We will see whether we have a lunch in a typically Portuguese restaurant in the middle of the wilderness or we might go to a fish reataurant in Asseisseira. 

 

Accommodation:

You'll stay all week in one of the apartments or if you want to in the Yurt on our Quinta. Every morning breakfast is served by Lars. In consultation with you the packed lunches will be prepared. If there is a restaurant where you can lunch and you prefer to do that we will tell you when and where there are possibilities. In the evening we'll prepare a good dinner. If you prefer to cook yourself, that is also OK.

Prices:

Rent of the Yurt or the apartment: from €350,- a week

Breakfast : € 5,50

Packed Lunch: € 5-

Picnic: € 10,-

Dinner: € 15,-

Guide: € 45,- a day

Petrol € 0,20 a kilometre

Not included: drinks, admissions,

The rent for the apartments is paid in advance. The other costs are paid at the end of the week.

 

Child friendly 

Space and freedom to play. Children can still be children at our Quinta. They have the space and the possibility to wander around all day, to look for eggs at the chickens, to play with each other at or on the trampoline, to splash around in the children's pool (3.5 m diameter / 90 cm deep), to chat at the campfire, playing football, helping the animals to take care of, making new friends with the other guests, and so on .. We often hear from our young guests that they prefer to stay at the Quinta rather than go to the beach. They prefer to play with their new friends, or prefer a ride on Chamoor the mule, or prefer playing with Bo the dog, who likes to walk behind them with her ball :-)! Children enjoy playing in nature and come to rest with the animals. In addition, we have for the smallest toys and a children's pool (both gladly on request). For the bigger ones we have a trampoline, a goal where you can score with goals, soapstone to sculpt, paint stuff for the artists, a nice photo hunt you can always ask for, we walk with you. And so there are countless things to do that can only be made up by children ...

Beaches, sailing and surfing

The Costa de Prata or Silver Coast, is one big beach. The nicest beaches, suitable for children and swimming, are Salir do Porto, where you'll find the highest dunes. In Foz do Arelho you have the beach along the Lagoa (lake) and along the sea. In the Lagoa it is safe to swim and play in the water. If you would like to learn how to sail or surf you have to be here in Foz. There is a nice sailing-school with a good atmosphere and not too expensive.

Water-parks

If our plunge-pool is too small and the sea is too rough, there is also a possibility to go to one of the big swimming-pools. In Nazaré there is a big one called Norpark.
Parque dos Monges is a great park nearby, where you can do all kinds of activities, amogst others canoing, archery and climbing. It is an adventure park with many animals.

History of Portugal

Portugal is an old country and here too we had many wars. One of the wars against the Spaniards was here in the neighborhood. The Battle of Aljubarotto. Now they have built a museum on the exact spot where the war was fought and won by the Portuguese. In the museum they show and tell you the story of the battle and allthough wars are not good things, this is history and really interesting and good to see.

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