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Useful Information Central Portugal

Portugal has a very rich culture. There is the city of Coimbra with the oldest university in Europe. Ruins and archaeological treasures of Conimbriga. Traditional fishing at Praia de Mira. The forests and Convent from Buçaco, the wineries of Santar. You can visit different Dolmen and Celtic graves, Roman bridges, bird watching, discover beautiful butterflies and the scent of flowers, plants and trees around the Quinta. Many typical markets where you can taste the local Portuguese food like cheese & chouriço and enjoy the local environment. All kinds of useful information you will find on this page.

Amenities Inside

  • Private entrance
  • Equipped kitchen
  • Italian expresso maker / Moka Top, coffee, thea, kitchen roll, olive oil, vinegar, salt, pepper, herbs fresh and dried, spicy oil…
  • Top Freezer Refrigerator
  • Living room
  • Books
  • Radio
  • Free WIFI in the apartment
  • Board games
  • Private Bathroom with sink, toilet and rain shower with thermostatic faucet
  • Towels, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper
  • Bathrobes, slippers
  • Bed linens
  • Extra pillows and blankets
  • Hangers
  • Information book for excursions
  • Heating with wood burner
  • Mountain view
  • pillows for sunbeds
  • Amenities: There is no air conditioning, microwave, dishwasher, television. On our holiday farm you can enjoy a real countryside experience!

Services

  • Home made Jam, olive oil, honey for sale
  • Washing machine (€ 10 /wash)
  • Dryer (€ 10/wash)
  • Iron on request
  • Hairdryer on request
  • Breakfast in the apartment (€ 15/person)
  • Wood for the wood burner
  • Baby travel crib-bath-high chair-toys-monitor
  • Free Parking on premises
  • EV Charger 220v at local cost

Amenities Outside

  • Private Garden with sun beds and parasol
  • Swimming pool with view (all year) 65 m2 with sun beds
  • Swimming pool towels
  • BBQ´s
  • Barbecue utensils
  • Hammocks
  • playground in the village (900m)

Activity´s

  • Hiking on premises
  • Horse riding on premises
  • Bicycles on premises
  • Yoga on premises
  • Reiki on premises
  • Massage on premises
  • Bow shooting/ crossbow shooting on premises

Pets

  • Pets are allowed upon request € 15 / week
  • Dangerous breeds are not allowed
  • Max 2 pets in 1 accommodation
  • Dogs have to stay on the leech when not behaving (we have free roaming chickens, ducks and cats…)
  • No pets at the swimming pool

Places of Interest in our region

Useful information and Places of interest in the region of Midões -Tábua, located in the Beira Alta region of Central Portugal. Near Coimbra, in the bowl of the Serra da Estrela mountain (highest point of continental Portugal) Caramulo Mountains and Açor Mountains.

This region has a very rich history of culture and tradition. Historic villagesSchist VillagesFado music, timeless wool traditionarchitecture, world heritage, museums, churches, monuments and castles. Breathtaking natural parks and gardens, there are also several original excursions in the region.

A few of the most beautiful cities such as “Aveiro” the Venice of Portugal, fishing in the traditional way on the seafront in Mira, or sunbathing in the smaller coastal cities such as Tocha. The historic “Viseu” and the wine cellars in Santar, one of the oldest university cities “Coimbra” with its impressive library and beautiful churches the excavations of the ruins of Conimbriga are places of  interest not to be missed.

Stay in ou holiday home and visit traditional markets where you can enjoy typical Portuguese cuisine and feel the atmosphere of the Portuguese countryside…

More beautiful sites to visit near Midões

Look it up!

How to get to

By AirplaneCarBusTrain

In the village of Midões Tábua you find blue signs saying Portugal by Horse follow the signs (Rua outeiro  in 3420-136 Midoes Tábua is the nearest street! From here it is easy to find us! Just follow the yellow horse shoes and signs Quinta Alegria-Portugal by Horse)

Google maps

Quinta da Alegria
Lugar da Regada
3420-136 Midões Tábua
Portugal

booking@portugalbyhorse.com
Liesje +351 964598087 or João +351 963957590

By Airplane:

www.airstop.be     www.brusselsairlines.com   www.flytap.com UK    www.Ryanair.com UK   www.easyjet.com UK   www.vueling.com

www.flytap.com USA   www.Ryanair.com USA   www.easyjet.com USA

 

www.airport-desk.com

Fly to Lisbon or Porto. Then you can choose bus or train. You could also rent a car but this is cheaper if booked together with your ticket!

Rent a car:    www.sixt.co.uk      www.interrent.com     www.rhinocarhire.com

 

Where to stay in Lisbon:

Here you find many hostels at any price range.

lisbonlisboaportugal.com/lisbon

follow yourdestination.com

 

Public transport to your destination from airport.

Where to stay in Porto:

Pensão Don Filipe II
Rua Alexandro Herculano 384
telf: 2220578791( only Portuguese speaking)
close to Praça da batalha

introducingporto.com/where-to-stay

porto.costasur.com

Hostelworld.com

Aqui poderá encontrar hostels a vários preços 

follow your destination

Transporte público para o seu destino a partir do aeroporto.

Onde ficar no Porto:

Pensão Don Filipe II
Rua Alexandro Herculano 384
Telf: 2220578791 (apenas em língua portuguesa)
Próximo da Praça da Batalha

www.tudosobreporto.com

porto.costasur.com

www.portuguese.hostelworld.com

By car:

From the airport Lisbon :

You take the A 1 direction Porto-Coimbra, here you follow direction Viseu on the IP 3 (don’t turn to Oliveira do Hospital!). When you reach Santa Comba Dão you follow the sign Mangualde-Guarda on the IC 12. More or less 1 km further you have the sign Tábua N 234-6 this you follow until Tábua. In Tábua when you past the bridge, you take the second turn out Tábua Este -Midões, than turn left direction Midões. After about 8 km you have a sign Midões-Casal da Senhora, you go to your right. Drive until Midões village and turn right following the blue sign Portugal by Horse. Then follow the yellow horse shoes and wooden signs Portugal by Horse for another 900m. Follow the horseshoes in the direction the horses are walking. The last 500m is a sand path.

From the airport Porto :

First you take direction Porto then A 1 direction Coimbra/ Lisboa, turn of to Aveiro-Viseu N25, you follow Viseu until turn out direction Coimbra on the IP 3. When you reach Santa Comba Dão you follow the sign Mangualde-Guarda on the IC 12. More or less 1 km further you have the sign Tábua N 234-6 this you follow until Tábua. In Tábua when you past the bridge, you take the second turn out Tábua Este -Midões, and than turn left direction Midões. After about 8 km you have a sign Midões-Casal da Senhora, you go to your right. Drive until Midões village and turn right following the blue sign Portugal by Horse. Then follow the yellow horse shoes and wooden signs Portugal by Horse for another 900m. Follow the horseshoes in the direction the horses are walking. The last 500m is a sand path.

Rent a car! www.sixt.co.uk      www.interrent.com     www.rhinocarhire.com

By bus:

Euro-lines brings you from your country to Oliveira do Hospital, this is 10 km from Midões. If you arrive there you take a taxi or call us : 964598087.

If you come by bus from Lisbon airport :

You go to “sete rios” (bus station in Lisbon town) There you take the bus to Oliveira do Hospital (sometimes you have to change buses in Coimbra). When you arrive in Oliveira do Hospital you take a taxi or you call our number 964598087

More information: www.rede-expressos.pt

By train:

Paris-Lisbon, get off in Santa Comba Dão. When you arrive there you take a taxi or you call our number 964598087

You can also take the train from Lisbon or Porto to Santa Comba Dão.
From Porto you have to change train in Pampilhosa or Coimbra B. (Take care! there is a big price difference between trains!)

From Porto airport by train: you take the metro to the train station Campanhã-Estadio dragão Z4 ( 35-45min./1.90€ ) there you take the train to Santa Comba Dão, you have to change trains  in Coimbra B or in Pampilhosa. In Santa Comba Dão you take a taxi or you call us 964598087

From Lisbon airport by train: you first have to go to the train station Oriente or Santa Appolonia by bus or taxi there you take the train to Santa Comba Dão. In Santa Comba Dão you take a taxi or you call us 964598087

More information: www.cp.pt

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Welcome at Quinta da Alegria

You drive down to the sand path, 500 meters down in the valley and earthy colors from the house will appear, the orchard with the stables in the back, the horses and the valley.

You park your car on the parking on your left. The first building is our reception, you can ring the bell or come and look for us. After check-in you can take one of the  carts at the reception to take your luggage to your holiday accomodation.

Gastronomy in Portugal

Portugal is famous for its gastronomy and wine. In our region you have a wide range of restaurants from the exquisite cuisine in restaurant “Olea” to the local “tascas”. During your stay at Quinta da Alegria you are guaranteed a local delicious gastronomic experience.

Breakfast

On request we’ll serve you the best breakfast, outside in the sunshine, or inside in your own holiday accommodation. From 9 o’clock we bring a basket with local bread, cheese and meat, homemade jams, juice, milk & coffee, yougurt ect and for the children cornflakes, so you can start your day without worries…

You can also walk to the bakery to have your breakfast or to get fresh bread, eat some lovely cakes, drink a coffee or something else.
At our farm we sell homemade organic jams, honey, olive oil and farm fresh eggs.
Seasonal organic fruit, such as kiwi’s, apples, plums, cherries, Sharon fruit, lemons and oranges are also available in the season. You can pick your own fresh organic herbs in the garden to make tea or to use in your meal.

Lunch & Dinner

In Midões and surrounding (10 km) there is a diversity of many different restaurants for lunch and dinner for example in our own village we have  “Midogrelha” with the always cheerful service or “o faisão” is a grill house at walking distance from the accommodation. There is also the magnificant place Quinta moinhos-da-ponte   next to a waterfall.

In Oliveira Do Hospital for example we have Restaurant “O Túnel” and Pizzeria “L´artista”.

Tábua has Restaurant “O Toino Moleiro”, Pizzeria “Paposeco” and Restaurant “O agulhas”. In Casal da Senhora at 20 min on foot there is “Quinta da Cerca” where you can have meals with organically grown vegetables from there own garden, they also serve vegetarian food! A more classy restaurant is “Restaurant João Brandão” Quinta da Geia in Aldeia das Dez, they also serve vegetarian dishes.

But, in your kitchen all the cooking utensils are present to make yourself a wonderful meal.
Our small local supermarket “o Manhoso” in Midões has all the ingredients to facilitate your shopping.

On demand we can also bring a basket of  organic -biological vegetables to your home. There are big supermarkets like LIDL and Intermarché, at 10 km distance.
One can also go to Oliveira do Hospital (10 km) to the Friday fresh markets or to Tábua (10 km)on Sunday mornings. Here you can browse around and find all sorts of home-grown and locally made and organic products such as vegetables, cheese, meat, fish, etc.

More restaurants in the neighborhood:

Quinta de Cabriz  Carregal do sal!!

Faisão   Midões-Tábua

Verdelhão  Tábua!!

O Dinís   Oliveira do Hospital

O Gouveia Oliveira do Hospital!!

Os 3 pippos  Tondela!!

O Figo Preto  Midões !!

Olea  Oliveira do Hospital!!

Midobar  Midões  (sundays closed, weekdays only lunch)

Pizeria Forno dóuro Tábua

Ecological and Green Information

As a human being, we try our footprint to be as light as possible …

We are a Tripadvisor Greenleader!

We have different containers at the apartments to recycle rubbish and waste, we also have a compost bin.
We use ECOLEAF ecological detergents (Washing-up liquid, Laundry liquid, Fabric softener, Floor soap, all purpose cleaning liquid, …) to protect the environment.
We do not iron our linen!
We do not use a dryer! The sun, wind and in winter time the wood burner dry our linen.
All lights are energy savers.
All electrical equipment are class A or A+ and light bulbs are LED or energy savers.
We do not have electrical equipment that use heating (oven, water boiler, …)
Our Holiday houses and our house are built with local materials (granite, eucalyptus, …)
We used lime paint and natural pigments.
Much of our furniture is recycled.
For heating we use wood stoves that are fed with the wood from trimming the trees.

We do not throw food away … there are plenty of animals at Quinta da Alegria who are very happy with leftovers!

What to do for Teenagers

Teenagers & Adventure

Rock climbing, kayaking, slide, canyoning in the neighborhood with Pioneiro do Mondego or Transserrano.
Climbing trees and ropes in the adventure park in Figueira da Foz or in Penela.
You can learn horse riding or communication with horses.

Stand up Paddle with Sup in River
There are bows and arrows for those who would want to try their hunting skill on a target or Mac Aaron can teach you how to do the real deal!

There is free WIFI
There is a disco close by to party, 100 limites

Shopping in Coimbra or Viseu

Children Holidays

What to do for children

Children and farm holidays in Portugal. We have a lot of space for children to run around and to be mischievous. The animals give a lot of joy to young and old and the valley has many secrets to discover, the crystals path, caves, a little river, the ducks, many frogs, chickens that can be picked up and many more…

In Coimbra you have a place called “little Portugal” where everything is build at the size of children.

You can go Canoeing with O Pioneiro do Mondego with little children from whatever age.

More things to do with Children in Portugal : travelmadmum portugalwithkids

Treeclimbing with expertree or parqueaventura

In the village is a playground.

River beaches (praias fluviais) in the neighborhood:

All the holiday houses and apartments have their private garden and little fence on the “risky for little kids” zones.

Our swimmingpool is a biodesignpool, all sides are 45 degrees and it has a beach with low water leavel.

kids chairs, baby bed, box, bath, carier , toys, babyphone… available for free.

Animals & Nature at the farm

Pets, if well-behaved, are welcome. (because of the free roaming chickens, ducks and cats)

We have 7 dogs:Jef, Loekie, Louis, Mira, Nico, Vera and Fred, also 4 cats (Telma, Moestie, Prince and Cesar) chickens, ducks and 13 horses (Trudy, Lusia, Lola, Quo Vadis, Milo, Gipsy, Linda, Fly, Bonnie, Gaston, Sei-La, Ariza and Dama)

The nightingale sings from April to June, day and night.

There are many plantsbirds(hoopoe, woodpecker, goldfinch, European canary…), reptiles (Fire salamanders, pearl lizards, many species of frogs…), insects and other wild life to watch at the holiday farm and in the region.

Important! The dogs and cats of Quinta da Alegria are not allowed in the holiday homes and are not allowed to be fed for their own health. If you have leftovers, we are happy to prepare them for all  the dogs and cats.