Monção

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).

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Solar de Serrade
Solar de Serrade

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…

Casa do Parada
Casa do Parada

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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