The immediate surroundings of Quinta Valbom are mainly rural, green and quiet. But there is a lot to explore. In the vicinity you will find many picturesque villages, where sometimes time seems to have stood still such as Ermelo in the Alvão Nature Park.
Thanks to the quiet motorways the beaches of the Costa Verde are within an hour’s drive. Here you can visit attractive seaside resorts such as Esposende and Ofir, swim in the Atlantic Ocean and eat some delicious fish in one of the many restaurants.
In about an hour you can also reach the center of the beautiful city of Porto where you can stroll through the quaint streets and visit one of the famous port houses on the other side of the Rio Douro.
The city of Braga (about 45 minutes) shows a completely different side of Northern Portugal. Braga is a bit of a sophisticated city, excellent for shopping. After which you can pay for all your excesses at the pilgrimage church of Bom Jésus!!
A visit to the north of Portugal is not complete without a visit of the medieval town of Guimarães, European Capital of Culture in 2012.