Castelo Novo gave me the feeling of seeing and breathing hundreds of years of history in full vivid technicolor. The vibe of this old village is prehistoric and somehow it feels at the same time modern and vital. We could not have done better than to stay at the Casa do Castelo Novo. Alice cooked two marvellous meals for us - she is the special kind of cook who know how to make her ingredients "sing". The fish was fresh, tender and so well complimented by subtle yet enticing sauces...the vegetables tasted like they used to, when fresh vegetables always had their own character....and her soups were fine layerings of fresh and savoury flavours. Even the choice of foods served at breakfast revealed that she had an amazing sense of taste - delicious breads, butter, meats and homemade preserves were all addictive. The room was comfortable and very attractive. Most importantly, it was a pleasure to talk with and learn from our very interesting and generous hosts.