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What to do in our valley

There are lots of places to visit and things to do, but here are some highlights:
Mortagua is about 10km from our home and it is approximately a 15 minute drive. There is a Fish and Meat Market Tuesdays and Thursdays. The town of Mortagua has everything for your daily needs including 2 Supermarkets, doctors, dentist, banks, restaurants, and even an excellent wine cellar.

There are various markets including the one in Vale d’ Acores where you can eat the famous Portuguese piri piri chicken called Frango do Churasco. There are lots of festivals and markets during the summer throughout all the small villages surrounding Mortagua. The local area is perfect for a range of outdoor activities including walking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, etc.

There is a fantastic waterfall in the village of Paredes which is just 20 minutes away to visit.
About 50 minutes away in a place called Aveiro you will find the most beautiful beaches with restaurants. At Aveiro, also known as Little Venice, you can explore the place on Gondolas and hear more about the history of the town.

Here you can visit a man-made beach with sunbeds, umbrellas and toilet facilities and also a facility to rent Jet Skis.

LUSO (about 8km from Vale de Mouro)

In Luso you can find the beautiful Bussaco National Park which is part of the Unesco International Heritage. Bussaco Nattional Park consists of 105 hectares of centuries old walled forest, planted by the order of the Barefoot Carmelites in the 17th century. This famous botanical treasure includes specimens of rare and exotic plants collected from all over the world.

Luso is a world-renowned place for foreign visitors.  This includes spas and other health facilities.


Coimbra is a lovely student City.  An absolute must see.  You can see the beautiful University as well as its world-famous library built in 1717. This city also has some very nice big shopping malls that are open from 10:00 to 22:00 daily. There are also ancient ruins which you can visit in Coimbra.

Other beaches

The beaches of Figueira da Foz and Praia de Mira are only an hour’s drive away. They are very well-known for surfing schools and trips. The world famous Nazere beach with the biggest waves in the world is only 1.5 hour’s drive away.