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Appealing to architecture fans and music lovers alike, Porto's Casa da Música has become one of the city's best-loved icons since opening in 2005.Designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, its sharp angles and uncompromisingly modern design make a bold statement in a city known for its conservatism – a boldness which is matched by the adventurous programme of concerts and recitals encompassing everything from classical and jazz to fado and electronic music.Breakfast is served in the breakfast room or out on the wooden terrace in from of the house. Quinta da Lua’s own grounds have been cleverly designed to create a series of separate little gardens, allowing guests to wander off to choose their own personal spot, either in the sun our in one of more shady areas, where they can relax on their own, if they require.Dinners are also provided on occasion and guests will be informed at breakfast if they are available. You can see locals wading into the Atlantic at low tide to find cockles and barnacles, and all along the coast, fishermen, who learnt the trade from their fathers, go out for squid and octopus, for sardines and tuna.
Each room has air-condition, CD-player, safe, central heating and its own private bath or shower room with hairdryer.In villages of small cobbled streets, you’ll find whitewashed houses, cafes with cloth-capped men having their bica (espresso) and women grilling sardines in the streets.The sea is part of a different layer of Algarve life – one that’s also closely bound to nature.Linking the old town of Porto with Vila Nova de Gaia, the graceful iron structure, built by one of Gustav Eiffel's students, was the longest arch bridge in the world when it opened in 1886.If you have a head for heights you can take the funicular up to the upper level, 50m above the water, for extraordinary views of Porto's historic Cais da Ribeira neighbourhood and up the river.
Days revolve around the seasons – killing the pig and gathering provisions for winter; collecting chestnuts and picking berries to make the local firewater.