Layout and amenities
Ground floor: Bedroom with double bed, TV and outside door. Bathroom. Small patio with fixed barbecue next to the outside stairs.
First floor: Entrance via outdoor stairs. Bedroom with double bed, TV and small balcony. Bathroom.
Second floor: Living/dining room with open fireplace, TV and balcony. Well equipped open kitchen.
Heating: Fireplace in the living room, electric heaters in the bedrooms.
Amenities: TV with dvd-player, toaster, barbecue, cot (at request).
House and surroundings
The reservoir of Caniçada (almost 700 hectares) is situated 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.
Casa Parada is situated in the village of the same name, about 100 metres above the level of the reservoir. From both balconies there are superb views over the lake and the surrounding mountains. The house is pleasantly restored and nicely and completely furnished.
The village of Parada is on one of the entrance roads to the national park and not far from the sanctuary of São Bento. The modern church is well worth a visit. A little more to the North the road crosses the ancient Roman road once connecting the city of Braga to Rome. Along the other side of the lake the road leads to the spa of Caldas do Gerês, where you find an information centre. They provide information on flora and fauna of the park, archeological finds (among which the Roman road), walking routes, etc.
The owner of Casa Parada 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.
At walking distance of the house is a café, a restaurant and a small supermarket. In Rio Caldo and the village of São Bento are more restaurants. More shops you can find in Rio Caldo (3 kms) and Vieira do Minho (15 kms). In Vieira the weekly market is on Monday.
The distance to the city of Braga is about 40 kms.