Monção is delimited by the fertile Minho river and the rugged Peneda and Extremo mountains. Its privileged location has meant that its valleys were from an early age sought after for agriculture, while its mountains were used for grazing. The date of its foundation is not widely accepted among historians: some argue that it was founded in 2104 bc by the Assyrians, while others associate its foundation to a Greek named Baco, who must have arrived in 1374 bc and gave to it the name of Orosion – the holy mountain. Monção was virtually unnoticed and was not given great importance until the reign of Dom Sancho I. At this point, however, it gained notoriety for being a strategic place in the defensive line against Castile and was fortified. Viniculture is currently its main source of livelihood with the production of the famous Alvarinho wine. In gastronomy stand out the cabrito assado à moda de Merufe (Merufe-style roast kid), the pork sausages, the sarrabulho (kind of porridge made with different meats and blood) and the trutas à moda da Portela (Portela-style trout dish).
What to do in Monção
Termas de Monção - Centro Tesal
Situated on the banks of the river Minho, Salvaterra (across the river) as a backdrop, the Termas de Monção are surrounded by greenery. The tall trees, the paths of Earth and water fountains invite the invigorating walks all over the Park. The medicinal waters of afeções respiratory tract, rheumatic diseases and Musculoskeletal and skin afeções.
Palácio da Brejoeira
This is an imposing house ordered to be built in the beginning of the 19th century and being concluded almost thirty years after. The plan is in L, with two ample façades and two small towers finished by balustrade and pinnacles. On the inside the rooms with neoclassical decoration stand out. On the outside a gardened terrace is sided by …
Muralhas da Fortaleza de Monção
This nucleus is integrated in the former defensive system in Minho’s border. It used to be a war square.
Zona de Lazer do Poço Curto
Bucolic and quiet space with calm and clear water and many spaces around. A good place to stroll and sunbathe without the traditional beaches forays.
Casa de Rodas
Solar plant long with great sobriety and simplicity of lines. The only decorative motif abroad is the stone of arms and the pediment over the main door clearance. Inside, the decor is richer, with ceiling in the Chapel and illusionist …
Castelo de Monção (vestígios)
The primitive Castle, build by Dinis in 1306, there remain only two doors and some excerpts from the medieval wall. The 17th century fortification are examples the door of Salvaterra, some curtains and bastions. The Tower, Dom Pedro I and …
Convento de Santo António dos Capuchos
Despite maintaining some Mannerist characteristics, as is the case of two-storey cloister, facade and interior space layout of this convent underwent several changes to adapt to current housing.
Igreja de Longos Vales
Temple rebuilt in the 17th century, preserves the original chancel, only remnant of the primitive building that belonged to a Benedictine convent. The national monument classification refers only to the chancel.
Igreja Matriz de Monção
This church has a longitudinal plan with lateral chapels where it is settled Deuladeu tomb, the symbol of the local resistance to the Spaniards.
Torre de Lapela
This keep was built under the gothic style and used to be part of the former medieval fortification. It has a square plan, four floors and the coat of arms of King D. Fernando remains above the main entranceway.
Solar de Serrade
Solar do século XVII integrado na Quinta de Serrade, local onde é produzido o vinho Alvarinho. A produção é gerida pela Sociedade Agrícola do Vinho Alvarinho de Monção, que é produtora e engarrafadora. O visitante pode adquirir o vinho, visitar …
Casa Museu de Monção
This museum belongs to the University of Minho, that organized it with the legacy of Dona Maria Teresa Cardeal Andrade Martins Salgueiro, deceased on October 29, 2001. It is a way of showing the building and what it has inside, …
Museu do Alvarinho
Este museu pretende dar a conhecer o “Berço do Alvarinho”, o seu território e as suas gentes, promovendo a Sub-região de Monção e Melgaço como um território único de produção do vinho Alvarinho.
Ecopista do Rio Minho
A trail for the leisure and well being of the population. Along the trail there are informative panels about the region's flora and fauna.
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Where to eat in Monção
In the historical district of Monção, 7 7 the restaurant prides itself on defending the regional cu…
A pleasant space that serves regional Portuguese dishes.
A rustic restaurant, with stone walls, typical of the Minho region.
Elegance and tradition are harmoniously integrated in the restaurant in this Hotel Fonte da Vila. T…
This regional cuisine restaurant inserted into the Capuchos convent Hotel is decorated elegantly an…
A restaurant with a rustic atmosphere, including stone walls and a country decor. It serves tidbits…
Where to sleep in Monção
Keeping the typical architecture of the Alto Minho, this villa with chapel date from the mid-17th century, preserving an important collection of furniture, tap…
Involved by the wine scenario alvarinho, Parade's house belonged to the great-grandfather of the current owners. Is very close to the Western town of Monção, i…
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Vila Nova de Cerveira
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