Casa Darque

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Sleeps: 3 Bedrooms: 1 Bathrooms: 1


Townhouse/Apartment Beach Nearby Walk to Village Romantic


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Just two minutes walk from the glorious Cabadelo Beach, Casa Darque is a very comfortable, modern one bedroom ground floor apartment, ideal for a couple wanting to take early morning strolls along the beach and explore the sensational Minho area of Portugal.

Cabadelo Beach is incredible, renowned among kitesurfers for its thrilling surf and blessed with extensive fine silvery sand. There is a ferry boat just 100 metres from the apartment that takes you over to the fabulous historic city of Viana do Castelo. The entire northwestern province of Portugal is known as the Minho. The Minho boasts sensational picture postcard landscapes with heavenly river scenes, high mountains, rolling vineyards, stunning historic towns, dramatic Atlantic beaches, mysterious archaeological sites and ancient religious monuments. The Minho hosts many fabulous events including Viana do Castelo’s carnival and Barcelos’ bustling weekly market which is a cross between a medieval fair and a farmer’s market. In central Minho, the Lima River idles through a succession of pretty towns with glorious scenery starting at Viana do Castelo. The lush, picturesque Lima valley is waiting to be explored. It gives way to the mountains of Portugal’s only national park, the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Geres. Viana do Castelo is a fabulous gateway to all of this, sitting beautifully next to the Lima River. This enchanting city is north of Porto and close to the border with Spain’s Galicia. It is blessed with an appealing medieval centre, an attractive riverfront and gorgeous beaches. Its old quarter showcases narrow lanes and leafy boulevards brimming with Manueline manors and Rococo palaces. Guests staying at Casa Darque enjoy fabulous days on the beach, trips to beautiful towns and cities, river adventures on the Rio Lima estuary and countryside jaunts in the lower Lima valley.

Casa Darque is located in a small complex in Cabadelo that offers access to a communal swimming pool, tennis court, gym and spa for an additional fee. There are good restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and other shops close by. The apartment comes with a terrace where you can enjoy breakfast or a late night glass of wine while watching the stars. The beach is just 100 metres from the apartment so you can easily enjoy Cabadelo’s glorious sunsets.  

The apartment enjoys contemporary interior design throughout. The living area is open plan with a smart black kitchen offering all the appliances you could want for a self-catering stay including a Nespresso coffee maker. It also offers a breakfast bar and a living area. Here you will find a modern, comfy corner sofa which you could use to sleep an extra guest if needed and a television and DVD player on a trendy unit. There is a super surround system to enjoy home cinema or your favourite soundtracks should you decide on a cosy night in. Double doors open to the terrace which then feels like part of the room. The terrace is partly decked and partly covered in astro turf. There is a table for alfresco dining. The minimalist bedroom offers a comfy double bed and the bathroom is beautifully tiled and boasts modern fittings. The complex is very peaceful, well-maintained and in a wonderful location for the beach, river walks and catching the ferry over to Viana. If you have hired a car, there is a reserved parking space outside.

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What you should know…

  • Casa Darque is an apartment rather than a villa. It does enjoy a small terrace where you can enjoy breakfast, other meals and drinks
  • Please let us know if we can help arrange watersports, activity sessions or anything else that might make your holiday even better. The hosts of this villa are very happy to assist
  • The apartment comes with a parking space for your hire car
  • You are welcome to use the sofa in the living room for a child or an extra guest

Property Features

Wi-Fi/Internet Air-Con Hairdryer Ground Floor Bed & Bath Satellite TV Heating

The Apartment

We combined aesthetics and functionality to create this space to better welcome visitors who are passionate about the sea and who seek to get to know the wonders of this city in a privileged location and only 100 meters from the beach where you can enjoy the most beautiful sunset in the region.

Ground Floor
- Ample living room with comfortable seating, satellite TV and access to a terrace
- Well equipped kitchen with breakfast bar
- Bedroom with double bed
- Shower room

Exterior Grounds
- Ample terraced area
- Outdoor dining

Additional Facilities
- Wi-Fi connection
- Air conditioning
- Central heating
- Sound system
- Flat Screen TV
- Cot Available
- Hair dryer
- Shampoo
- Shower gel

Registration Number: 17127/AL


About the surrounding area of Casa Darque
Beach Nearby Walk to Village Walk to Restaurant <1hr to Airport Wine Tasting Tennis Nearby Outstanding Landscapes Outdoor Pursuit & Activities Tourist Towns & Villages
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Casa Darque enjoys a wonderful location, just minutes for the fabulous Cabadelo Beach. The beach is fantastic for surfing, windsurfing and body boarding. Lying just to the south of the Lima River, the beach is very popular with the residents of Viano do Castelo as well as tourists. The beach is surrounded by dunes and a pine forest and boasts the most amazing sunsets when the sky changes to wonderful shades of orange, pink and purple. The beach is brilliant for surfing, windsurfing and body boarding but is also loved for its sand. There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants surrounding the beach and in the town.

The beautiful city of Viana do Castelo is on the opposite side of the river. Its pearly white, magnificent Santa Luzia Church sits high on the hilltop overlooking the city. It is very appealing to those who appreciate Romanesque-Byzantine architecture. Entrance is free and you can visit using the city’s funicular transport. The sanctuary was completed in 1943 and is one of the most visited places in the city. The city offers a unique cultural and historical diversity. With the sea in sight and bathed in gold, Viana do Castelo never disappoints. Viana do Castelo’s compact historic centre boasts extravagant religious buildings, delightful cafes, elegant plazas and narrow shopping streets which open onto the banks of the Rio Lima. Many of the bars and restaurants are found in the Praca da Republica along with many regional handicrafts. The architecture of the surrounding buildings looks like a castle. In August, the city hosts The Pilgrimage of Nossa Senhora da Agonia which celebrates the religious devotion of the residents of the city. The festival dates back to 1772 and in 2013 received the Declaration of Interest for Tourism. The highlight is the Desfile da Mordomia where more than five hundred women parade while wearing the traditional costume of the city and several pieces of family gold. The parade is a moment of union, enthusiasm and joy.

Spectacular landscapes surround Viana do Castelo and Cabadelo, brimming with waterfalls, pine forests, slow flowing rivers, wild beaches and nature trails. It is a farming region where the famous ‘vinho verde’ is produced. In Serra d’Arga you will find the Pincho Waterfall, bathed by the Ancora River. It is a very popular spot. Also in Serra d’Arga is Poco Negro where the sun only shines between 11am and 2.30pm. At the end of the 2km walk, visitors can take a dip in the natural pool.

Braga is regarded as one the main religious centres of Portugal, with the oldest cathedral and many Gothic churches. Every hour you will hear a cocophony of different church bells ringing out! It is the third largest city of Portugal and is a joy to explore. Braga is an enthralling university city and the setting for Bom Jesus do Monte, a fine monument. The historic centre is fully pedestrianised. There are pretty city gardens, charming plazas and busy shopping streets.

Ponte de Lima is one of the most characterful and picturesque towns of Northern Portugal, on the southern banks of the Lima River. The location has been the main river crossing since the Romans constructed a bridge in 1AD. There is a delightful mix of ancient houses, grand religious buildings and pretty plazas. There are a number of interesting museums as well as colourful flower gardens and stunning natural scenery all around. The Ponte do Lima is an excellent centre for adventure activities such as the Ecovia cycling route, kayaking along the Lima River, mountain biking or hiking in the Serra D’Arga or birdwatching in the Lagoas de Bertiandos. You can river bathe in Labruja.

You may also feel like heading north to the Minho River. On the north side of the river, Tui, in Galicia, is wonderful. It boasts a beautiful historic centre and an excellent range of gourmet dining as well as excellent shops. Tui is located south of the Pontevedra province and sits opposite the Portuguese town of Valenca. The towns are connected by a nineteenth century bridge. Valenca do Minho is located on the hillside overlooking the left bank of the Minho and on the main road that links the Spanish Santiago de Compostela with Porto. Tourists flock to the town to buy embroidered tablecloths and sheets, the speciality of the town. It is definitely worth the trip!

Read more about Minho

Local Amenities
Nearest Airport Porto Airport

(65 km)

Nearest Airport 2 Vigo Airport (Spain)

(89 km)

Nearest Ferry Port Caminha Ferry Port

(32 km)

Nearest Village Abelheira

(1 km)

Nearest Town/City Viana do Castelo

(2 km)

Nearest Restaurant Ginza 7 Viana

(1 km)

Nearest Bar/Pub Irish Pub

(2 km)

Nearest Supermarket Pingo Doce

(1 km)

Nearest Beach Norte Beach

(3 km)

Nearest Golf Estela Golf Club

(38 km)

Nearest Tennis Viana do Costelo Tennis Court

(2 km)


Please be aware that the location tab shown on the website is not based on the property's exact location; therefore, all location amenities are an approx of facilities, restaurants, and villages/towns you might find around the property. The property's exact location will be provided to you before arrival and might come along with some recommendations about the area and what to visit.


The areas of Minho extend from the Spanish border in the north, south to Porto and east to the mountains of Vila Real. It is a green and fertile area of rolling hills encompassing the great rivers Minho, Lima and Douro, and the National Park of Peneda Geres. The countryside of the region is typified by long, sandy beaches bordered by pine woods, picturesque villages nestling among vine-covered hills, and historic towns such as Amarante, Guimaraes, Barcelos, Ponte de Lima, and Viana do Castelo.

The area encompasses a range of postcard-worthy landscapes and features that could almost be Portugal in microcosm: dreamy river scenes, high mountains, rolling vineyards, beautiful historic towns, dramatic Atlantic beaches, ancient religious foundations and mysterious archaeological sites.

Then there's the bold, sharp and fruity Vinho Verde to consider. This young wine is fashioned from the fruit of kilometres of vineyards that wind along rivers, over foothills and into Minho mountain villages.

But while you're enjoying one of our fantastic villas in Minho, you may well want to take some time out from all that sun worship to explore everything else the region has to offer – so we've put together this handy travel guide to give you a little help and inspiration!

Check out our Minho Travel Guide >>


Best Suited For: All Ages
Ideal for Babies & Toddlers

Casa Darque has only one bedroom though you could use the sofa in the living room for one child. If you have a larger family you may want to look at our other apartments and villas in this wonderful area. The complex offers a communal swimming pool and a tennis court.

Casa Darque is just steps from the gorgeous Cabadelo Beach. There are a number of other beaches also within easy reach of the apartment including Praia da Amorosa and Praia da Belinho. Praia do Cabadelo sits at the mouth of the Lima River. Cabadelo and the neighbouring Praia de Luzia Mar are both very sandy, backed by low dunes and extensive pine forests. There are views across the river to the medieval city Viana do Castelo and the stunning Santa Luzia Church, perched high above on the hill. Among the regulars at the beach are surfers, windsurfers and bodyboarders. Children also enjoy paddling, swimming and hiring kayaks on the river. Children love taking the ferry across the river to stroll around Viana do Castelo.

Porto is an easy day trip from the apartment. You can take the train or drive. The Crystal Palace Gardens in Downtown Porto are lovely. The contemporary museum, Serralves, is designed by the famous Portuguese architect Siza Veira and has a huge attractive garden. You can take a boat trip to see the city’s wonderful bridges over the Douro. The 250 year old Torre dos Clerigos offers some of the best views of the city. There are 240 steps to the top of the baroque 76 metre tower. The city park, Parque de Cidade, stretches from the western end of Avenue da Boavista to the oceanfront at Praia do Castello do Queijo. It is perfect for a picnic and you can also visit Porto’s Sea Life Centre. The World of Discoveries Museum is interactive and child friendly. It charts the odyssey of the early Portuguese navigators and famous explorers including Vasco da Gama and Pedro Alvares Cabral. There are two zoos in Porto. You can feed the penguins at Santo Inacio Zoo or enjoy the tigers, leopards, bears and flamingoes at Zoo da Maia.

Baby and Toddler Equipment

  • Cot(s)

Kids Activities Close-by

  • Beach Nearby
  • Walk to Village
  • Walk to Restaurant
  • <1hr to Airport
  • Tennis Nearby
  • Outdoor Pursuit & Activities
  • Tourist Towns & Villages

Onsite Facilities

  • Fenced Grounds


At Oliver’s Travels we pride ourselves on going that little bit further for our guests. From private chefs to babysitters we can help you arrange those little extras that make it a truly memorable holiday. Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team who will be happy to help. We can typically help you arrange any of the following:

- Maid service/extra cleaning
- Private chef/cook/catering
- Welcome hamper/pre-stocked fridge
- Local day-trips or tours
- Airport transfers
- Babysitting/childcare services

Simply fill in the concierge request form or contact the Oliver’s Concierge Team.

Please note that all extras are subject to availability and must be requested in advance of the holiday (prices on request). Due to some rural/remote locations, not all services will be available at all properties. However, we will always do our best to fulfil your requests!

Terms & Conditions

These terms and conditions may be amended from time to time.

Security deposit €200 charged to client’s credit card by the owner before/upon arrival and refunded two weeks after departure, subject to full inspection.
Arrival time Between 4.30 - 8 pm
Departure time 11 pm
End of stay cleaning included? Yes. However, guests are required to leave the accommodation clean, tidy and in the same condition as on their arrival. Any extra cleaning, laundry, maintenance and/or garbage disposal required will be charged against the security deposit.
Linen & towels included? Bed linen and bath towels are included in the rental price.
Energy costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Heating costs included? Yes, included in the rental price.
Internet access? Wi-Fi internet access included in rental price.
Minimum stay 3 nights during low season.
Changeover day Flexible.
Pets welcome? On request only and with prior agreement with the owner.
Smoking Allowed? Not permitted.
Tax Tourist Tax included in the renal price.
Insurance Guests are required to be in possession of a valid insurance policy, which covers them for cancellations, personal belongings, personal liability and any accidental damage caused during their stay.

Rental Rates

Prices based on an occupancy of 3 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 1st 2023 - Dec 28th 2023 £280 £373 £467 £653
Dec 28th 2023 - Jan 4th 2024 - £948 £1,185 £1,659
Jan 4th 2024 - May 1st 2024 £267 £356 £445 £622
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 £339 £452 £565 £791
Jun 1st 2024 - Jun 19th 2024 - £593 £741 £1,037
Jun 19th 2024 - Aug 1st 2024 - - - £1,459
Aug 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - - £2,074
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - £856 £1,070 £1,498
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 £445 £593 £741 £1,037
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 28th 2024 £280 £373 £467 £653
Dec 28th 2024 - Jun 3rd 2025 - £944 £1,180 £1,651

Prices based on an occupancy of 3 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 1st 2023 - Dec 28th 2023 €305 €407 €508 €711
Dec 28th 2023 - Jan 4th 2024 - €1,032 €1,290 €1,806
Jan 4th 2024 - May 1st 2024 €291 €388 €484 €678
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 €370 €493 €616 €862
Jun 1st 2024 - Jun 19th 2024 - €645 €807 €1,129
Jun 19th 2024 - Aug 1st 2024 - - - €1,589
Aug 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - - €2,258
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - €932 €1,165 €1,631
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 €484 €646 €807 €1,129
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 28th 2024 €305 €407 €508 €711
Dec 28th 2024 - Jun 3rd 2025 - €1,028 €1,285 €1,798

Prices based on an occupancy of 3 people:

Rental period 3 Nights 4 Nights 5 Nights Weekly
Dec 1st 2023 - Dec 28th 2023 $333 $443 $554 $775
Dec 28th 2023 - Jan 4th 2024 - $1,125 $1,407 $1,969
Jan 4th 2024 - May 1st 2024 $317 $422 $528 $739
May 1st 2024 - Jun 1st 2024 $403 $537 $671 $939
Jun 1st 2024 - Jun 19th 2024 - $704 $879 $1,231
Jun 19th 2024 - Aug 1st 2024 - - - $1,732
Aug 1st 2024 - Sep 1st 2024 - - - $2,462
Sep 1st 2024 - Oct 1st 2024 - $1,016 $1,270 $1,778
Oct 1st 2024 - Nov 1st 2024 $528 $704 $880 $1,231
Nov 1st 2024 - Dec 28th 2024 $333 $443 $554 $775
Dec 28th 2024 - Jun 3rd 2025 - $1,120 $1,400 $1,960

Please note that these prices/rates are a guide only and may not be correct at the current date. For an accurate quote, please enquire.


  • Excellent flat

    on 23/08/2021

    Excellent flat in a privileged location (2 minutes walk from the beach and 10 minutes from the centre of Viana by car). It has everything and the terrace is great for breakfast, lunch or relaxation. The area is very quiet. Perfect to disconnect.

    The communication with Ricardo has been very good and he has been attentive at all times in case we needed anything.

    To put a downside, a washing machine is missing if you stay for several days.

  • Amazing stay

    on 07/08/2021

    I had an amazing stay in Ricardo’s flat. It’s 2m walk from the most beautiful beach, and surrounded by nature.
    The flat is equiped with everything you need for a small or longer stay like mine.
    Lovely to start the day having breakfast in the terrace hearing the birds after a long walk in the beach and to take a glass of wine at night watching the stars.
    Oh and it has a súper surround sound system to enjoy home cinema or just some nice music. The neighborhood is súper chill and at night super silent for a perfect rest.
    1m walking from the river and 5m from the ferry that takes us to Viana. And some really nice restaurants nearby. Highly recommend Aquarius.
    Thank you for everything Ricardo, for sure I will come back!

  • Great location

    on 28/06/2021

    Great location close to the beach Cabedello where you can surf (walkable distance with board). The apartment is nicely decorated, the only thing that was missing when we arrived was toilet paper... A lot of mosquitos, make sure you close the windows when the lights are on at night ;)

  • Ideally located

    on 16/05/2021

    Ricardo welcomed us warmly to show us his place. The appartement is ideally located close to the beach and sport centers. We loved our stay in Viana!

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