Portuguese Minho

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'Five minutes by car is a new bridge crossing the Minho, to the pretty Portuguese town of Vila Nova de Cerveira, which has a 'do not miss' open air market on Saturday.

A few kilometres further on At Tui, there is a bridge crossing to the old fortress town of Valença , well worth a visit in its own right.

From either point you can travel in almost any direction with rewarding results. The Alto Minho is and appears a completely different country to the Spanish Baixo Miño .

Roman Bridge Alto Minho
Praia de Afife

Go south along the coast road through the delightful small fishing port of Caminha and you will find a long white beach with Atlantic rollers and sand dunes. Further on is Viana do Castelo an interesting small port with charming streets and shopping.

Head north, and the fortified towns of Monção and Melgaço ,a spa town, are good for the exploratory stroll.( and white water rafting if you are so inclined) If you then go inland, the area between the Minho and Lima rivers is a fascinating upland area, with stunning walks and views, where wolves still roam in the National Park.

 

 

   

Roman and Celtic traces are everywhere and further down the valley Ponte de Lima and Ponte da Barca are interesting places for refreshment and rest after a day's exploration.

Both these, as other Portuguese towns leap into life on market days, when you can buy anything from a live chicken to a full wine making kit.

All the border towns also offer a good choice of restaurants and nightlife, which can carry on to the early hour, if you can stand the pace.

 

Ponte de Lima

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