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.
What to do in Melgaço
Museu do Cinema de Melgaço - Jean Loup Passek
A museum located in the historic area of Melgaço, in the old building of the guard, bought by the Town Hall and adapted. It was inaugurated in June 2005 and features thousands of posters and photographs, old cinema cameras, more modern equipments and many movies. A wide collection donated to the parish by Jean-Loup Passek, someone who fell in love …
Castelo de Melgaço
This tower is part of Melgaço Castle. The keep has three floors with parapet with corbels supporting it, topped by pyramidal merlons and four- sided roof tiles. The pavement is made out of wood.
Solar do Alvarinho
O Solar de Alvarinho tem como primordial objetivo incrementar o desenvolvimento e dinamização do meio rural e suas tradições, comercializando produtos típicos de Melgaço, tais como o fumeiro ou o Alvarinho. Neste espaço realizam-se exposições, dispondo também de um bar e de uma loja.
Foral de Melgaço
The restaurant Foral de Melgaço is located in the Hotel Monte Prado. It has a modern atmosphere, with a sober decor and panoramic views of the Minho river and of the Spanish hillsides, especially if one chooses the terrace that …
Área de Lazer de Veigas
A leisure area at Castro Laboreiro, with views of the Peneda mountain. It is a wide space with a picnic area that avails several stone tables and benches, as well as a playground and a sports pavilion.
Castelo de Castro Laboreiro
Former medieval fortification located at 1033 metres altitude. Currently almost in ruins, preserves an enclosure delimited by walls cloths and two doors. Stands out the door of the frog. At the site of primitive fortification rocker there are traces of …
Centro de Artesanato do Prado
Este centro de artesanato divulga as fortes tradições de Melgaço no que respeita ao artesanato. A tecelagem em linho, a tecelagem em lã (mantas e tapetes), as alfaias agrícolas e os canastros, constituem alguns dos artigos que fazem parte do …
Igreja de Nossa Senhora de Orada
Temple of a single nave, built in 1245. Deserves special highlighting the arches ogival portal and the Northern portal with the "tree of life" carved in the tympanum.
Igreja de Paderne / Igreja do Divino Salvador
This is a Romanic building from the 13th century that suffered several changes. It stands out the Romanic doorways, the corbels, the round window and the lancet arches.
Mosteiro de Fiães / Igreja de Santo André
This church is from the extinguished Cistercian Monastery and it has a Romanic structure and some baroque elements, on the 17th century it underwent several transformations. The façade possesses an ogival doorway with multiple arches presenting two prominent abutments. On …
Muralhas do Castelo de Melgaço
From this mediaeval fortress there still subsist the Keep, the alcazaba from the 12th century, part of the barbican and the towers that used to side one of the enclosure doors. From the 17th century, it still preserves some elements …
Ponte da Cavada Velha
This Roman bridge was adapted in the Mediaeval period and it was transformed into a bridge with a curved platform with two full arches. It possesses a perfectly vaulted arch with protected voussoirs and a small lateral arch. Still today …
Núcleo Museológico da Torre de Menagem de Melgaço
A tower classed as a national monument. It features an exhibition of the heritage and the historical evolution of the Melgaço parish.
Where to eat in Melgaço
The restaurant Foral de Melgaço is located in the Hotel Monte Prado. It has a modern atmosphere, wi…
Cozy place where you can enjoy the best gastronomy of the region, situated in the heart of the vill…
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…
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, ideal for those looking for nature tourism in the Peneda-Gerês National Park.
Arcos de Valdevez
Arcos de Valdevez is one of the largest municipalities of Portugal, being composed of 51 parishes, most of which are part of the Peneda-Gerês mountai…
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 pari…
Monção is delimited by the fertile Minho river and the rugged Peneda and Extremo mountains. Its privileged location has meant that its valleys were f…
Paredes de Coura
Paredes de Coura is a village with approximately 1500 inhabitants and consists of 21 villages rich in history and customs. In the heart of Minho, the…