Costa Verde Portugal & Galicia Spain
Hotels, Airports, Roads & Railways
Above is a picture of the River Mino taken from the Portuguese
side of the river near Melgaco.
If you look closely where the arrows point you can see the rail
track for the Spanish Rio Mino Railway with arguably the finest
views of any train journey in the whole Iberian peninsula; even
better than the famous Rio Douro railway. Below are some useful
information links to Costa Verde & Galician web sites, plus
details on airport, train, road and ferry connections for this area.
(Spain) - Literally just 20 to 25 minutes up the road from the
villa, it is the nearest airport to our home with both Iberian and
/ A Caruna Airport (Spain) - Around 90 minutes from here, it
has a budget (Vueling)
service to London Heathrow and also flights to International flights
to places such as Paris.
de Compestela Airport (Spain) - Around 60 minutes from here,
it has a budget (Ryanair) flights
to London (Stanstead), Frankfurt and Rome, a Vueling
service to Paris (Charles de Gaulle), plus flights within Spain.
/ Oporto Airport (Portugal) - An easy (mostly motorway) hour
drive from this villa has direct flights to Amsterdam, Barcelona,
Bordeaux, Brussels, Caracas, Cologne, Dublin, Frankfurt, Funchal,
Geneva, Lisbon, Liverpool, London (Gatwick, Heathrow & Stansted),
Luxembourg, Lyon, Madrid, Marseille, Milan, New York (Newark), Nice,
Palma Mallorca, Paris (Beauvais, Charles de Gaulle & Orly),
Ponta Delgada, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Stuttgard and Zurich,
with many more destinations via Lisbon / Lisboa.
- Valenca - Viana - Porto Railway - This is the current antiquated
coastal service; well worth the ride for the scenery but not exactly
a modern express service. However, the Vigo-Porto extension of the
existing high speed RAVE service between Braga, Porto, Coimbra,
Lisbon and Faro is mandated to be completed by 2015; this will allow
you to embark a train in Valenca and disembark in Lisbon 2 hours
later, with extensions / connections to the high speed Spanish and
European networks via Vigo, Porto and Lisbon. RAVE
Iberia Rail Project. More
details on the Iberian High Speed Rail Network here.
Railway System - for the local routes just across the river,
just type in the station names such as Vigo or Salvaterra and your
destination. These are not shown on some railway maps such as Wikipedi's
Spanish High Speed Rail Map but they do exist! In fact, the
Diurno service runs along virtually the length of the Rio Miño
(River Minho) on the Spanish side; an infrequent and fairly slow
train but surely having one of the most beautiful views of any train
journey; certainly as good as the famous Rio Douro train service.
(Spain) - Plymouth (UK) Passenger Ferry - Santander takes about
5 hours by car to reach from this property.
Spanish Motorway System - Just up the road from here is the
Autovia 52 (A-52)(Autovia de Rias Baixas), a primarily 2 lane motorway
that takes you ultimately to Vigo to the west and central Spain
to the East (and the ferry ports above). Spain has an excellent
motorway system, the third largest in the world.
Portuguese Motorway System - From Valenca down to Porto and
beyond (Lisbon) is the A3 AKA IP3 toll based motorway network. Around
8 Euros per car to Porto, the road is an exceptionally scenic one
and a highly pleasant drive as there is very little traffic (except
in peak hours between Braga and Porto). Once you get past Porto
en route to Lisbon, the A3 has the unfortunate distinction of being
the most accident prone motorway in western Europe, which is why
the high speed train service is so important; you will drive the
IP3 to Lisbon back once and only once!
Portugal Road Map - Showing the main routes of Northern Portugal
from Valenca through Braga and Porto to Aveiro.
Spain Road Map - Online map with excellent download option so
you can print up quite a detailed map of Galicia.
Moncao Web Site
- Portuguese only and very basic, but with dates of festivals and
some good pictures of the big Coca (Dragon) Festival in May / June
plus other events.
Termas de Moncao - Four star hotel just 3 minutes drive from
here and just above the river park area.
Rural Convento dos Capuchos - Lovely boutique hotel 3 minutes
drive from here and very close to the town centre.
de Santo Antonio - Boutique hotel between Moncao and Melgaco.
Monte Prado Melgaco Another 4 star hotel, this time 15 minutes
drive from here in Melgaco.
Das Breas Salvaterra is a good rustic hotel just over the river
from this villa in Galicia, Spain.
Sao Teotonio Hotel Valenca is 3 star hotel in one of the best
locations; in the old walled city overlooking the River Minho.