Located in Alto Minho, Melgaço is a mountainous municipality located between the left bank of the Minho river and the Peneda and Soajo mountains. As a curiosity, it is the northernmost municipality in Portugal. The origin of the word Melgaço is not peaceful among historians. While some argue that it comes from pre-Roman times, from the word melgaecus, others argue that it comes from the Latin mallicaceus, which means “land abundant in honey”. Currently, one of the biggest factors in Melgaço's development is the production of the famous Alvarinho wine. Known for its delicate aroma and citrine color, this wine already has a place that defends and promotes its identity – Solar do Alvarinho.
What to do in Melgaço
Castelo de Melgaço
Melgaço Castle currently consists of an imposing keep - with three floors, a parapet protruding over corbels, crowned by pyramidal merlons and with a hipped tile roof - and the surrounding walled enclosure, in a good state of conservation. It is believed that it may have had 3 towers and two doors, according to Duarte de Armas in his “Livro …
Termas de Melgaço
The fame of these spas dates back to Roman times, but the first written reference dates back to 1884. Located in upper Minho, it provides rest and the treatment of some illnesses. Its waters of medium mineralization, carbonated, calcium/magnesian bicarbonate and ferruginous, are especially indicated for the treatment of digestive, metabolic-endocrine and rheumatic diseases.
Solar do Alvarinho
Solar do Alvarinho's primary objective is to increase the development and dynamism of the rural environment and its traditions, selling typical Melgaço products, such as smoked meat or Alvarinho. Exhibitions are held in this space, and there is also a bar and a shop.
Museu do Cinema de Melgaço - Jean Loup Passek
Museum located in the historic area of Melgaço, in the former police building. Here you can admire thousands of posters and photographs, silent film time machines, more modern equipment and many films. A vast collection donated to the municipality of Melgaço by Jean-Loup Passek, passionate about the village. Passek directed the cinematographic department at the Center Georges Pompidou in Paris …
Igreja de Paderne / Igreja do Divino Salvador
Romanesque building dating from the 13th century, which has undergone several changes over the centuries. The Romanesque portals, the modillion, the oculus and the pointed arches stand out.
Mosteiro de Fiães / Igreja de Santo André
The church remains from the monastic complex, which retains interesting architectural features. On the front, the portal with four archivolts is the primitive one and in the upper area, redone in the 17th century, São Bernardo, the founder of Cistercian, …
Ponte da Cavada Velha
Roman bridge adapted in medieval times, transformed into a trestle deck bridge with two full arches. It has a perfect round arch of cushioned staves and a small side arch. Even today it retains the original floor made up of …
Muralhas do Castelo de Melgaço
All that remains of the original medieval fortification is the keep, part of the 12th century fortress, part of the barbican and the towers that flanked one of the gates of the fence. From the 17th century it retains part …
Área de Lazer de Veigas
Leisure area located in the Castro Laboreiro area, with views of Serra da Peneda. The space is large and has a picnic area with several stone benches and tables, as well as a children's playground and a sports center.
ARTES - Centro de Artesanato
This craft center promotes Melgaço's strong traditions in crafts. Linen weaving, wool weaving (blankets and rugs), agricultural implements and baskets are some of the items that form part of its collection.
Espaço Memória e Fronteira de Melgaço
This space addresses the themes of smuggling and emigration, two social phenomena that have marked the region's recent history. The aim is to remember the clandestine and dangerous life of many men and women from Melgaço.
Núcleo Museológico da Torre de Menagem de Melgaço
Tower classified as a National Monument. Inside, it houses an exhibition with the aim of showcasing the architectural and archaeological heritage and the historical evolution of the municipality of Melgaço, from Prehistory to the Contemporary Age.
Trilho Interpretativo de Lamas de Mouro
This trail extends for 4.5 kilometers and allows you to enjoy the best of the rural landscape of Lamas de Mouro.
Castelo de Castro Laboreiro
Ancient medieval fortification located at an altitude of 1033 meters. Currently, almost in ruins, it retains an enclosure delimited by walls and two doors. The Porta do Sapo (Frog Door) stands out. At the site of the primitive rock fortification, …
Where to eat in Melgaço
Cozy place where you can enjoy the best gastronomy of the region, situated in the heart of the vill…
The restaurant Foral de Melgaço is located in the Hotel Monte Prado. It has a modern atmosphere, wi…
A rustic house, with a regional deecor and a menu of fine dishes of the Minho region. The name Adeg…
Restaurante tradicional localizado na Branda da Aveleira. A especialidade da casa é a carne de cach…
Fast food, Italian, Portuguese
Pizzeria with take-away service, offering a huge variety of combined dishes, salads, hamburgers in …
A restaurant that is over 70 years old, locatd in the Albergaria Boa Vista. It has a large space, d…
A restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere that serves several regional dishes and fine wines. A spec…
A restaurant located by the Peneda-Gerês National Park, in an area of great natural beauty, that fe…
Where to sleep in Melgaço
Monte Prado-Hotel & SPA is synonymous with "be well" and in balance with nature: the vast pine forests, the slope at the bottom if we let bathe by the Minho ri…
Rustic house located in the village preserved of Bland of Hazel. Excellent choice for those looking for nature tourism in the Peneda-Gerês National Park.
Rustic house located in the village preserved of Bland of Hazel, ideal for those looking for nature tourism in the Peneda-Gerês National Park.
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Vila Nova de Cerveira
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