It is a beautiful, sun-drenched morning in Leça da Palmeira, a seaside town on the northern edge of
Porto, and excitement rises as we make our way along the sprawling promenade that stretches over the shoreline. A mere 25 minutes from Porto city centre, we swiftly arrive at what would become one of the most wonderful locations we have been to. What many decades ago was only boulder formations and the mighty ocean roaring up the coast now lies the restaurant Casa de Chá da Boa Nova, a former tea house named after the pocket-sized Boa Nova beach where it was built. Since then, it has become an outstanding example of architecture in all its timeless grandeur, tucked dramatically into the rocky outcrops that make up the seashore.