It is bounded to the north by the Minho river and to the south by Viana do Castelo. This is the location of Caminha municipality, composed by 20 parishes. It is from here that the ferryboat takes passengers and some means of transport to the other side of the bank, to Spain. It is still possible to find traces of prehistoric civilizations, from which the Castro culture the most dominant was, to evidence its origins. Its landscape is marked by the Minho, Coura and Âncora rivers and by the green vegetation, in particular of the Serra d'Arga. This mixture becomes even more characteristic with its beaches – Moledo and Vila Praia de Âncora, much sought after in the bathing season. Also gastronomy plays a key role among Caminhas' attractions. The cabrito à Serra d'Arga (roasted lamb dish), sável frito (fried shad dish) and the arroz de lampreia (lamprey dish with rice), farinha de pau com bacalhau (codfish dish made with manioc flour), bolo de milho com sardinha (kind of sardine pizza made with corn bread and tomato sauce) and the caldeirada à pescador (typical fish stew) are some of the most requested dishes. In addition to the conventual sweets, we also recommend for you to taste the Caminhenses and the Mocas. The linen works are famous handicrafts of this area. Culturally, in addition to the typical festivals and fairs, Caminha offers a regular and varied events programe, which attracts numerous visitors.
What to do in Caminha
Centro da Vila de Caminha
The historic area of Caminha is extremely picturesque and combines historic/medieval features with the touristic side. The Chafariz do Terreiro (1517) in the centre, the Paços do Concelho (16th century) and the Clock Tower (a medieval monument of the old defensive walls) are worth a look. The tourists that come from nearby Galicia and fill the terraces in the surrounding …
Praia de Moledo
A half moon shaped beach that belongs to the Natura 2000 network, with two kilometres of fine sand. Lovely landscape, with the Ínsua islet and its fortress. A part of this beach is quite rocky and on the other the population still gathers sargasso. There are several quality restaurants with delicious Minho dishes. The seaside bars are quite enjoyable during …
Mosteiro de São João D'Arga
Situated in the Serra De Arga, presents this monastery dedicated to St. John the Baptist. Currently the only Chapel opens to hikers on feast days.
Marginal de Seixas
The Seixas esplanade is a place by the Minho river, away from the hectic city life and near the calmness of the river waters, with lovely views.
Miradouro da Fraga
A belvedere with astonishing views of the parish of Vilarelho and of the sea, the Minho river and the Spanish side.
Forte da Ínsua
The Ínsua Fort is situated on a rocky islet and has a form of irregular polygon. Within the walls there is a small chapel which features the primitive Romanesque temple moth. On the terraces you can see some artillery pieces …
Praia de Vila Praia de Âncora
A rocky beach that belongs to the Natura 2000 network, with a port and the old fortress of Lagarteira. Its entrance is at the Gelfa National Woods. In the area there are many shellfish houses, as well as typical restaurants …
Mata do Camarido
Woods by the beach with a camping area. These pinewoods were planted by Dom Dinis.
Conjunto Fortificado de Caminha
This set consists of curtains of walls and ramparts of the 18th century include the ramparts of the array and San Antonio, the wall of grace and the clock tower. The Tower, of rectangular plan, features a small terrace on …
Forte do Cão
This small fort was built by d. Pedro II in the 17th century, in order to protect the coast from attacks of the Spanish during the war of restoration. Features a star-shaped plant and four simple elevation bulwarks.
Torre do Relógio de Caminha
This clock tower is a medieval monument which belongs to the former city defensive walls. The tower together with the City Council building and the misericórdia building both from the XVI century, form an important architectonic ensemble. The tower is …
Museu Municipal de Caminha
An archaeology museum that features valuabel finds of several archaeological sites of the parish, and represents a time range that goes from pre-history to the roman days. It has a room devoted to pre-history and others devoted to the "castreja" …
Forte da Lagarteira
This 17th-century building was built in the reign of Dom Pedro II, to defend the coast from pirates attacks during the war of restoration. Strong door is surmounted by a stone with the Royal arms.
Igreja Matriz de Caminha / Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Assunção
This temple with gothic origins was built in granite. The façade presents a renaissance doorway crowned by a rose window and it is sided by a tower. On the interior it is possible to observe glazed tiles from the 17th …
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Where to eat in Caminha
Pleasant space typically Minho, in stone, with the kitchen in the sight of the customer, where good…
Integrado no hotel com o mesmo nome, serve bons pratos da cozinha lusa, com destaque para o peixe.
A restaurant with quite varied dishes and excellent views of the Minho river's mouth.
A simple restaurant that serves well prepared home made dishes. Fair enough wine list.
A rustic restaurant, with a welcoming atmosphere and river views. Widely varied traditional Portugu…
A traditional house with quite well prepared dishes.
Where to sleep in Caminha
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