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I’m Maria, I love to travel, I love my country and my hometown! I am part engineer part ilustrator and 30 years old.
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We just got back from one week at Maria's wonderful gem-house. It is even better than the images could capture. The atmosphere is pure calm. Maria was always available to provide guidance - for example concerning restaurants and surf schools and prepared the most delicious breakfast every morning - our son has never eaten so many pancakes. After our daily surfing action we had dinner at the house and were invited to use the beautiful kitchen. It was like coming home. Maria is a beautiful person - inside and out. She is always available but very respectful of ones private space and very interesting to talk to. What a secret paradise she created. With the house comes a very friendly cat, Síria, and a dog, Rosinha, which conquered our soul. It was really sad to leave them all behind and we will definitely be back. Nature around the house it simply stunning and the nearby beaches are incredible. We have not has such a healthy enjoyable week in a long time. Muito obrigado Maria. See you soon. Love from us all.
We loved the place and we really enjoyed our stay in the escola primaria!Maria is a very nice person and she made really a nice work, renovating the school..it turned out to be a wonderfull place!
We haven't spend so much time at the apartment, since we spend most of the time walking and swimming in the area around porto covo (which is a very beutiful area)..but just having breakfast underneath the pine trees, with the best lemon cake I have ever eaten and the fresh juices, was really great!
Thank you for everything Maria, we hope we will come back soon!
Alberto Caeiro, Alvaro de Campos, Fernando Pessoa's heteronyms all appear in our minds, just when we see the shepherd with his flock and real sheep dogs. While we are driving back to Cabeça da Cabra, to Maria Costa's wonderful refurbished Escola Primaria, right after a dive in the ocean at Praia do Malhao. Where the ocean is really an ocean. During our time in Cabeça da Cabra we will pass the shepherd a few times, and he greets us with his eyes and a wave, like he knows us.
Of course we can compliment Maria's delicious breakfast with fresh juice (every morning a different flavour) and tasty other things. Of course we can mention the fact that only nice guests seem to appear in her pleasant environment. But this is something that all guests can decide for themselves.
The plain facts are: In the night, the sky above Maria's garden shows more bright stars than you will ever have seen before. And no one makes better route descriptions to poetic, rural, adventurous or tasty places (carefully drawn on napkins) than Maria does. Alentejo shows it's best in Maria's area. While sun sets, you will see beautiful cork oaks or pine trees in vivid green, more beautiful than anywhere else!
We have collected a first bit of knowledge about why Maria wants to show us Alentejo at it's best. On to the next experience in Alentejo, in other words: We will be back!
Pascale-Sophie & Franck
Super nice re-built primary school, with tastfully decorated rooms (I loved the bathroom!). Maria and Rosaria (was that her name? :)) were excellent hosts and the area is really nice. We were happy visitors and hope to be back one day.
Maria is a super nice host.Every morning she prepared a lovely breakfast with fresh juices.On top she had a lot of good tips for nice places.The rooms are very fancy and clean.We had a great stay!
Thank you for the wonderful stay at your place. Everything was perfect!
Thanks for a lovely few days - your house is relaxing and beautiful and the breakfast is delicious. Many thanks - highly recommended. Steve and Katy.
Cabeça da Cabra is an amazing place full of enjoyable things: peaceful nights and quiet afternoons, glorious sunsets and colourful mornings, lovely breakfasts and tasteful rooms, cute kittens and friendly dogs, well maintained gardens with a lingering smell of sage.
Maria is just the nicest host and she's so heartwarming she'll make you feel at home and wanting to never leave. Can't wait to go back!
Pasamos dos magnificos días! El sitio es un antiguo colegio reconvertido con sencillez y muy buen gusto.
Se sitúa a 10 minutos en coche de Porto Covo. Un pueblo muy pequeño pero con encanto.
Fuimos a playas recomendadas por Maria y paseamos con las bicis por los alrededores.
Recomendamos este sitio y esperamos volver pronto!!
wow were should I start? everything was perfect. Maria is so nice, her apartments really wonderful. We could relax here and forget about all worries at home. The best place to stay in Portugal, its peaceful and harmonious. The breakfast was delicious, thank you. Maria´s insider tips were helpful, we had a great time at that beach. We already miss the time there and would love to come back. One day if we will come back to Portugal, we definitley will come back to Maria´s apartment.
very elegant women, also inspiring, ı appreciate her gratefulness, cleanness, calmness, she is always welcome..
Maria is the kindest of hosts and the sweetest of persons.
I have stayed at Maria's several times and I can fairly say that, besides being a great friend, she is also the perfect hostess. I don't know how she does it, but her house is always clean and everything in its right place. Her house has great light and she made it so confortable, in every corner you can find something she brought from her own travels.
She knows Coimbra like the back of her hand and is always ready to help you get around and recommend the best stuff to see and do in the city. So, if you are planning to stay in Coimbra, Maria's is the place to be!
Maria's home is better then the pictures beautiful, and having lived in the city, I can't recommend a better place to stay. Your host is warm, welcoming, helpful; Maria offers a well of information pertaining to Portuguese culture and the city itself. She shares hard to discover, inside tips with her guests on places to see and things to do whether in search of old world tourist sites, trendy cafes, artist events, or outdoor activities. Anything and everything. My time in Coimbra wouldn't have been nearly as wonderful without knowing her. If you come to the Coimbra, stay here! You will see the city in a whole new way!