Melgaço

Located in the Alto Minho, Melgaço is a mountainous municipality situated between the left bank of the river Minho and the Peneda and Soajo mountains. As a curiosity, it is the municipality in the more northerly part of Portugal. The origin of the word Melgaço is not clear among the historians. While some argue that it derives from the pre-Roman times, from the word melgaecus, others argue that it derives from the Latin mallicaceus, which means "land with abundance of honey". Its occupation dates back to the pre-Roman times, which have left several traces in the territory. The highlights include the Castro Laboreiro zone whit its dolmens, cave drawings, Celtic villages and Celtic and Roman bridges. The region has undergone a major evolution when, in 1170, Dom Afonso Henriques ordered for it to be populated and for the castle to be rebuilt. Melgaço has been, since that time, an important defensive point of the crown against the Castile advances. Currently, one of the biggest factors of Melgaço's development is the production of the famous Alvarinho wine. Known for its delicate aroma and citric color, this wine already has its own place, that defends and promotes its identity – Solar do Alvarinho.

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Monte Prado Minho Hotel & Spa
Monte Prado Minho Hotel & Spa

4 star

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…

Casa da Fonte do Carvalhinho
Casa da Fonte do Carvalhinho

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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