Tourism in a Rural Setting - Alto-Minho, Portugal
Situated on the hillside of Monte da Senhora da Pena and overlooking the valley of river Coura, the Casinha de Mozelos is the result of the reconstruction of a small rural stone house, typical of Alto-Minho. The house is implanted in a one hectare property that spreads out through several terraces. The reconstruction privileged the traditional architecture, including the wooden ceiling in the living room, a beautiful wood burning stove, interior white walls and the floor in Portuguese slate.
Outside a granite patio and a wooden deck serve as a viewpoint and lounge space with access to several gardens. The tranquil beauty of the gardens and the expansive views over the surrounding green nature make this place ideal for a quick weekend getaway or relaxing vacations.
There is also a biological swimming pool/pond where the waters are treated naturally (with no chemicals) and where you can enjoy swimming with a couple of frogs and water plants.
We are a Clean & Safe establishment.
We are a Green Key establishment.
The Casinha de Mozelos has an open-space living room with a TV, a dining area and a functional kitchenette on the main floor. The bottom floor houses one double bedroom, a twin bedroom and a four piece bathroom.
We can provide a crib up to children of 2 years of age.
Private biological swimming pond where you can cool off and enjoy swimming with a couple of frogs and water plants.
Wifi throughout the house.
Several gardens with aromatic plants, fruit trees, roses, azaleas, rhododendrons and a collection of over two hundred camellia trees.
Fresh towels and bed linen are provided.
Fully equiped self-catering kitchenette with stove, oven, microwave, fridge, electric kettle and all sorts of cooking utensils.
No pets allowed.
WHAT TO DO
The main attraction of Paredes de Coura is its natural beauty where the protected landscape of Paisagem Protegida do Corno do Bico stands out as a feature with its Centre of Education and Environmental Interpretation (Centro de Educação e Interpretação Ambiental -CEIA).
Along the Coura river there can be found numerous beaches and waterfalls, the Tabuão river beach close to the town of Paredes de Coura is a beautiful example at any time of the year.
Paredes de Coura is a very rich council in terms of archaelogy; you can visit dolmens, castros and mamoas, walk along a roman road and bridge and see ancient milestones.
This roman road, along with the Romanic Church of Rubiães (Igreja Românica de Rubiães), is part of the Santiago's way (the caminho).
The people of Coura, the Courenses, are strongly connected to their land and that connection is represented by the "Eira Comunitária de Porreiras" still in use.
To grind the corn there are over eight hundred watermills, many of those still in use up to this day, particularly in Casaldate and Porreiras.
To enjoy all the natural beauty that the council of Paredes de Coura has to offer, you can go on many different walks and trails, wether on foot, on a horse, by bycicle or even in 4x4 vehicles.
There are also a number of marked walking trails that will certainly stay in the memory of all nature lovers who explore them.
Baroque chappels and churches are part of the local landscape, there are more than one hundred that can be visited. The rococo church of EcceHomo (Capela do EcceHomo), in the neighbouring village of Padornelo, is an outstanding example.
In the town of Paredes de Coura, you can visit the Church of the Holy Spirit (Igreja do Espírito Santo), the Cultural Centre, with its diverse and permanent activity, the Regional Museum, the Archive and the Public Library, you can also do some shopping in the Rural Store (Loja Rural) and get information in the Tourism Centre (Posto de Turismo).
Paredes de Coura Music Festival
On the month of August, since 1993, the most important rock festival on the northwest of the Iberian Peninsula takes place.
Set on the natural amphitheatre of the Tabuão river beach, the Vodafone Paredes de Coura Music Festival is a place where thousands of people from all over the world celebrate music for a whole week.
Food and Wine
The Alto-Minho region is very rich when it comes to food and wine.
In this area, you can taste dishes like the Portuguese Stew (Cozido à Portuguesa), Sarrabulho (a sort of soup made with blood), the Roasted Lamb (Cabrito Assado), the Coura River Trout (Truta do Rio Coura) and drink Alvarinho Wine (Vinho Alvarinho).
On most restaurants in the town of Paredes de Coura vegetarian dishes can be found.
The cottage is supper nice, pleasant and cozy. For us it mainly served as a starting point for the numerous spectacular hikes around the area. We leave knowing we will surely come again. Thank you so much for the warm welcoming!
Tel: +351 251 788 439
Mob: +351 916 515 333
Mob: +351 919 802 346
The Casinha de Mozelos is situated in Paredes de Coura, in the heart of the Alto-Minho region, in a small mountain village called Escadabouça, at 500 metres altitude.
Casinha de Mozelos: Caminho do Rito nº124/152 - Escadabouça, Mozelos
4940-383 Paredes de Coura
GPS: +41º 55’ 44,90’’ -8º 33’ 10,52’’
© Casinha de Mozelos 2022