I have already written about Côja in my post titled ‘Welcome to Vinhó’, mentioning that it is our nearest village which has amenities such as river beach, bank, DIY shop, supermarkets, newsagent, betting shop, bakery, butcher, greengrocer, fortnightly market, doctors, dentist, fire station, school/nursery etc. On Saturday we visited the market which runs every 3rd Saturday of the month. It was closed for a while due to Covid-19 but has recently reopened. The market is great and offers a wide range of stalls selling a wide range of food and crafts to include fruit, veg, sausage, cheese, jams, chutneys, honey, plants, clothing, jewellery, crystals, soaps, spices, cakes, art work, tools, furniture and much more. There is street food too and a few stalls offering secondhand goods a bit like a car boot sale. I have never seen Côja so crowded. I really enjoyed the market and we haven’t visited it for so long but there was not much social distancing going on! Hubby visited the bakery whilst I waited outside, the cafes were really busy. A bit too crowded for me to stop for a drink and cake so we bought a drink and took it down by the river Alva where apart from 2 fishermen we were the only ones there. We found a tranquil little spot to watch the world go by.

I have forgotten how beautiful Côja really is. There is such a good vibe there and a mixture of Portuguese and non Portuguese. We sat for a while by the river in the sunshine just thinking about how lucky we are to be here. Then out of nowhere two ladies swam past us! They must have come from the direction of the river beach.