Just 30 minutes from Porto and on the way to Douro Valley, there is a Charming House which name was given as a tribute to Egas Moniz, the tutor of Afonso Henriques (founder of Portugal Kingdom and its first king).
The Vinha family that runs the place welcomes you with arms wide open. Expect to have a long chat after dinner in their company, which will make you feel like you are at a friend’s house.
In the new building, we find the Popular Art Rooms. You can spend a romantic night in the Lover’s Room and appreciate the art of the traditional embroidered lover’s handkerchiefs. Or stay in the main house where in each room you will find the definition of some of Egas Moniz’s virtues; such as altruism, loyalty, humility, wisdom and others.
In Summer time, you welcome to enjoy a swim in the pool or relax at the gardens. Or if you want to go for a walk, pay a visit to the Monastery of the Saviour of Paço de Sousa, included in the Romanesque Route.
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