Smaller and less promoted than Douro or Tejo, Minho, the river that separates Portugal from Galiza, in Spain, provides here and there wonderful landscapes, and good nautical sport’s facilities.
The mouth of Minho river creates a large beach, protected by a small island with a lighthouse topping an old fort.
The water is cold as everywhere around, the surf sometimes strong, but the views are nice.
One of the most remote cities of Portugal, I only visited Monção twice.
In a brief view, I noticed the dominant calm, the importance of the river, and the green wine, that is its biggest richness.
Ponte de Lima
Sometimes there are things that we can’t explain: Ponte de Lima is a nice city, with a typical image reflecting in the river, calm, with the good food and hospitality of Minho, but… why didn’t I never GO to Ponte de Lima?
I’ve been there several times, always enjoying the place, but always moving quickly to… somewhere else.
Why? I just can’t explain. It just happened that way, however, in my last visit, I dedicated to the city great part of the time that it deserves!
Viana do Castelo
The northern Top
The most northern city in the coast, green, cool, friendly, proud of its traditions, Viana do Castelo is a very welcoming city, and a reference in naval construction, traditional food and typical costumes.
Santa Luzia is the city’s highlight, but travelling around is an opportunity to find some beautiful almost unspoiled places