|Subject: Re: Portugal|
Casa de Casal de Loivos http://www.casadecasaldeloivos.com/ looks fabulous - good find! You may have trouble leaving that area - the Douro valley is spectacular. Don suggests you take one day off of the Minho and add it on to Pinhao.
You're not crazy to ignore the Algarve. Mother Nature's generosity acts as a magnet but so much is lost as a result; the hordes of tourists who flock there have left their mark.
Ponte de Lima doesn't have much to offer - though it's a pretty, little village that merits a visit. Viana do Castelo is a larger, lovely town - a better place out of which to headquarter.
If you decide to go to Ericeira, while you're staying in Sintra, be sure to visit Mafra as well.