Vacation Rental Description
Casa da escola is set in between Coimbra and Tomar in a little village called Vendas de Maria, in the municipality Alvaiázere. Vendas de Maria is literally on the IC3/N110 and has therefore easy access towards the whole country.
The most famous cities and attractions nearby are Coimbra (an university city), Conimbriga (a roman settlement), Tomar (Convento do Cristo), Alcobaça (Monastery), Batalha (cathedral and monastery), etc.
Vendas de Maria is set in a valley in between the hills Nexêbra and Saint Helen so there is plenty of nature to see where you can find some peace and quiet, beautiful mountains, rivers and lakes, a big variety of trees and plants and many characteristic Portuguese villages. Some spots that are definitely worth a visit are Dornes, Fragas and Foz de Alge
- Cable Satellite
- Cooking Utensils
- Open Fire
- Nearest Airport : Lisbon or Oporto at 180 kilometers distance;
- Nearest Train Station : Pombal at 25 kilometers distance
- Nearest Town : Macãs de D. Maria at 2 kilometers distance
- Travel Info: Distances
Pombal Aqua Park (20 minutes). Ansiao Swimming Pool (10 minutes). Tomar, with Medieval castle and Large Friday market (30mins.) Penela, lovely old town with cobbled streets rising up to its well preserved castle (15mins.). Coimbra, historic city of culture (30mins.). The Beautiful beaches of the Silver Coast (40mins.) Numerous river beaches (within 20mins.)
Wide choice of restaurants nearby. Free internet is available in Ansiao (10mins.).
The surrounding area is beautiful and diverse, ranging from pastoral valleys containing orchards, vineyards and olive groves, through deep gorges with waterfalls and tranquil pools for bathing, or to bare mountainsides with exposed limestone and miles of tracks and paths offering exciting opportunities for walks and exploration.
In spring & summer months the ground is alive with wild flowers growing through & around areas of limestone paving which are literally ‘on the doorstep’.
When you first arrive, you can’t fail to notice the shepherds track which runs behind the back of the villa. It winds along, through & across limestone paving between dry stone walls & links with other lanes & tracks, ideal for an evening stroll after dinner or a much longer walk for the more adventurous.
Although the coast is only 40 minutes away, many of our guests have been quite content to use the local river beaches. They’re all located in beautiful surroundings & are a speciality in this area of Portugal, being incredibly well organised & most of them having cafe’s, changing facilities, & toilets. Details of these are also available in the guidebook.
If pretty towns with castles are your thing then there is no shortage of these. The closest is Penela, a lovely picturesque little town which nestles below it’s well preserved medieval castle. It’s an ideal place for an evening out, where you can sit as the sun dips below the horizon, taking the heat out of the day as a warm glow spreads across the valley & picks out the mountains of the Serra da Lousa away to the east.
We think that the most outstanding benefit of this area is it’s diversity, in that it gives you the ability to tailor your holiday to suit the whole family regardless of age. The aforementioned free guidebook will be a big help in this respect & your only problem will be deciding what to do first!