Layout and amenities
Ground floor: Fully equipped kitchen with electric oven. Dining room. Bathroom (shower). Small bedroom with narrow double bed. Terrace. Garden with access to the lake.
First floor: Living room with TV. Bedroom with double bed.
Heating: Electric heaters.
Amenities: TV, wifi-Internet, barbecue, cot (at request).
House and surroundings
The large reservoir of Caniçada (almost 700 hectares) is at the border of the Serra da Cabreira and the Serra do Gerês on the North side. For those who seek recreation by or on the water, alternating with visits to the Portuguese national park Peneda-Gerês, this is an ideal place. The last week of July and the first two of August it can be busy on and around the lake.
By the edge of the lake, just outside the village of Vilar da Veiga, stands Casa Barbara. It is the last of a small group of houses reached by a shared pathway (± 50 mts.). The house is not big, but it offers a pleasant stay for 3 adults or a family with 2 children.
In front is a well-tended garden with direct access to the lake. The terrace, is without doubt a beautiful spot, offering lovely views over the water to the mountains opposite. At the side of the house is a small patio with a barbecue.
The water quality of the lake is frequently monitored by the authorities, and classified as good for swimming (source: http://snirh.pt/).
Past Vilar da Veiga it is only a few kilometers to the spa of Caldas do Gerês, where you find an information centre of the national park. They provide information on flora and fauna of the park, archeological finds (among which the Roman road that once lead from the city of Braga to Rome), walking routes, etc.
The owner of Casa Barbara lets out canoes, pedaloes, and motor boats. He can also help out if you want to (learn to) waterski or make a guided tour with a Landrover through the park.
There are several restaurants and cafés within 5 minutes walk. Shops you can find in Rio Caldo (3 km) and Vieira do Minho (15 km). In Vieira the weekly market is on Monday. The distance to Braga is about 40 km.