From the beginning the owners were very helpful and accommodating. They passed on a vast amount of useful information about the area, things to do and see and good places to eat. Communication with the owners was excellent and any queries we had were dealt with immediately. The apartment was extremely clean and very welcoming, we felt immediately at home. The apartment had everything we required and more than we expected. The kitchen was fully equipped and on the occasions we ate in, had everything we needed to cook substantial meals. The bedrooms were a good size with plenty of storage space, the beds were comfy and clean and views from the master bedroom of the monastery gardens were particularly picturesque. Our boys (13 and 8) were made up with the TV and Xbox set up and were also able to watch some DVD’s they brought from home. We felt the apartment was ideally placed; a few minutes walk from the train station, 5 minutes walk to the beach, local swimming pool and fantastic boardwalk that runs all along the coast. We ate nearly everyday in the little cafe bar across the road called Snopau. The prices were extremely reasonable and the food fabulous quality. We had a car during our stay which was handy for the supermarket trips etc but a car is not necessary given the excellent and cheap train service minutes away and boardwalk that links all the resorts. We used the train to go to Porto to watch a football match and found it efficient and easy to use. When we needed assistance everyone we asked was helpful and friendly, (something we noted about all the Portuguese people we came across during our holiday, lovely people!). Porto is a great place with many things to do and see and definitely a city we’d like to explore more. We spent a lot of time in Espinho, which is the main resort in the area. It had great beaches, huge waves and so many eating places to choose from, we were spoiled for choice each day. We visited numerous other beach resorts such as Aguda and Miramar, which we walked to along the boardwalk from the apartment and each place had something different to offer. We loved the authenticity of it all. This holiday was one of the best we have had and we will be booking the apartment again in the near future.