3 bedrooms,3 bathrooms,3 stories, private parking,sea forest and promenade views
- english, french, portuguese
My name is Salome and I was born and live in Cortegaca. I am related to the owner Valde Ferradaz and act as his agent for this particular property. About the owners, Valde is married to Jacquelene and has 3 sons. He left Portugal at the age of five and lived in South Africa for 30 years ,where he met Jacquelene. He emigrated to the UK in 1998 and spent 8 years there and then moved to Romania for 3 years .After Romania they returned to the UK for a further 4 years and recently relocated back to South Africa where they have been living for 3 years. Valde is a family man who enjoys travelling ,socialising and outdoor activities.
Salomé purchased this Apartment in 2007
Why Salomé chose Ovar
by Valde- "Jacque and I bought this property as our second home , in a perfect sea side village with great weather, food and culture, my place of birth. We had no intentions of renting it out and furnished it in such a way that it would be more like a holiday home as opposed to a rental apartment.We have spent many happy moments there,it offers tranquility and a good lifestyle,a perfect getaway for families or people who want to experience the local culture and really have a good break . However given that we don't get the chance to go back to Portugal frequently anymore we decided to rent it out and share it with like minded people. We love it and we hope that when you get to Cortegaca you will too!"
What makes this Apartment unique
The apartment is one of two in a large apartment building.The other apartment is owned by our friend Michelle from France. When you arrive you will be welcomed by Portuguese friendly helpful people,the peaceful and warm reception of a village by the sea,the surrounding forests,the long walkways and cycle roads,the old and new architecture all in one ,the feel of an integration of a young healthy surfing community( boasting some if the best surf schools and waves in Europe) with local fisherman,endless beaches,local food and great cafes and coffee shops.It is special. The apartment is in the heart of the main beach promenade it has surrounding views and is across the road from a chapel,and around the corner from three or four restaurants.There are only a few holiday rentals in that community most of the neighbours are using the homes as holiday homes,but there are two caravan parks and various surf houses in the vicinity.This concoction of locals,international visitors old and young brings to life a peaceful holiday town that is bursting with energy in the day and serenity at night,although nightlife is just around the corner or in the neighbouring village its never on your doorstep. The airy apartment has four levels,a grand open entrance hall with each bedroom feeling like its away from the other with a lot of living space.Enjoy the comforts of the apartment without feeling like you are in a rental holiday apartment but rather in a holiday home.The roof top Patio has beautiful views is private and gives you shelter from the wind and access to the sun just in case you don't want to go to the beach. You have your own driveway and basement parking so there is no need to worry about finding parking for your rental and being inconvenienced even on the busiest of days.
100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
Great stay!!! Really good accommodation and service!!
Thank you very much for the feedback, delighted to hear you enjoyed the service and accommodation, we want as many people to explore the North of Portugal ...hope to see you back soon .
Valde and Salome
Wonderful place. Wonderful town
What a beautiful apartment with lots of space and great amenities. A small quantities seaside town that is perfect for a relaxing holiday and close enough to Porto if you crave some shopping, drinking or partying. Highly recommend it to anyone
Very good accomodation
We loved the accomodation...a lovely apartment, clean and beautifully fitted out. Everything was very well presented. Cortegaca was a nice seaside town about a 20 minute train ride from Oporto. Good beach and not overcrowded. The big disadvantage was the town's poor bus service which meant the 6 of us had to get two taxis to the station, a long way away. In the end, we had to do quite a few long walks. Why the town council don't set up a bus route to the station and throughout the day, I don't know. Would be perfect if you're hiring a car.
Lovely, generous and comfortable Apartment/House
We were really pleased to Stay at Salomé's Apartment. We were made to feel very, very welcome the host went out of her way to help us familiarise with our surroundings providing good , solid Information. Excellent - we really enjoyed our stay and cycling around the neighbourhood.
Thank very much for your kind words.
I hope to welcome you again soon in our apartment.
"We loved it!"
Great apartment with local personal service by Salome! .The apartment is very well located in one of the nicest places we have ever been to.There is a lot to do and see and the best part is just how peaceful and comfortable the apartment is, especially at night.Active by day and peaceful by night is what we were looking for ,although there is a lot of good nightlife and cultural attractions close by.
I personally loved the fact that I could go for long runs on the beach and forest and walk to the tennis club.The train station is a beautiful short walk from the apartment,so Portugal was our oyster really.
The kids , we couldn't get them off the beach, and they loved the light meals at the coffee shops.We tried all the seafood restaurants around us :),which provide fresh catch of the day at very reasonable prices.
The apartment is spacious,comfortable with good views,we felt like it was ours,like a second home.The beaches are first class and the culture, the food and the friendly people makes this a perfect holiday for couples and kids.Thanks Salome for organising all the extras ( surf school for the kids,theatre tickets in Porto etc) and for the great welcome to your village.
See you soon Cortegaca.
"We loved it!"
Thank you Salome for the warm welcome to your village "the beautiful village of Cortegaca", and the the great service and hospitality(organising the surfing lessons for our sons and getting us into the local tennis club,theatre in Porto,giving us directions and guidance etc).
I personally loved running on the open beaches and forests and eating at the local restaurants ( lots of fresh catch of the day type simple restaurants with great food).The beaches are clean with lots of space and there is plenty of surfing in an around the area and every morning the fisherman go out in traditional fishing boats and its safe to go walking for miles in the forest.
The apartment is beautiful,clean and comfortable,we felt like we were at home by the beach,its quire and peaceful at night and right where everything is happening in the day.Its spacious and quite unique in the sense that it has 3 stories , lots of views and great furnishings,loved the main bedroom,the bed is huge!
We wanted an active by day and peaceful by night place and we got it.there is a lot of nightlife and we did go out a few times to a lounge bar and even a music/bar on the beach sand in Ezmoriz.
With the train station only a few pleasant minutes walk away Portugal was our Oyster.Lots of historical towns,with great food and culture at affordable prices.
We loved it and went back home feeling like we had a really good holiday .See you soon Salome!
Hi Patrick, you sent us two reviews, but thank you it was a pleasure having you and the family over and hope to see you soon in Portugal.
Cortegaca is a small town located south of Porto north of Aveiro only 30 mins away from Porto by train.
Cortegaca gives you that peaceful scenic town to enjoy its own beaches, great surfing schools and conditions, sport and leisure activity,safe and friendly forest walks or cycling, good coffee shops and local restaurants for everyday eating and the great nightlife and a choice of trendy bars shopping and open beaches in neighbouring towns within walking distance or minutes by car or train like Esmoriz ,Matosinhos or Espinho.
Its one of the few places in Portugal where the government still funds traditional fishing methods.You will get the rare opportunity to see them return early in the morning with the fresh catch and nets.
It is neighbouring a small city ,Esmoriz ( within walking distance) and between the two you have miles of beaches to choose from with lots of surfing academies and activity .There is lots of nightlife and local restaurants serving fresh catch of the day and traditional food as well as Portuguese coffee shops, open markets and even a Casino in Espinho only 10 minute by train.
The beach front is surrounded by forests with walk ways and cycling lanes of more than 20 km starting in Esmoriz,going through Cortegaca and ending in Ovar.
There are outdoor fitness training camps, indoor football and tennis clubs all within walking distance.
Cortegaca itself is an old village with beautiful churches surrounded by other beautiful towns with old forts, trendi shopping towns and of course Porto with is river tours,the old city and Porto wines.
Cortegaca train station is only a 10 minute walk from the apartment,making it easy to visit Porto,Fatima ( the Holy town),Coimbra the University town or Lisbon the capital less than3 hours by train.
Enjoy large markets or trendy nightlife in Espinho, or go to Soa Joao da feira to the castelo ( an old fortress/castle)surrounded by trend european cafes and bars with lots of history.
All in all you run of of time do it all but enjoy what you get to do wheter it be peaceful sleep,exercise,walking, enjoying the beach,surfing, go up the river Douro,shopping,wine tasting,visiting trendy historical sites and just really appreciating the sun , the warm hospitality ,the food and the real Portugal then Cortegaca puts you in the centre of a varied and wonderful experience .