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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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 …
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 contemporary of Don Fernando, is another of the remaining elements of the fortress.
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.
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, Lda., que é produtora e engarrafadora. O visitante pode adquirir o vinho, visitar a quinta ou fazer uma prova de vinhos. Funciona também como casa de Turismo de Habitação.
Jardim do Palácio da Brejoeira
This garden is dotted with camelias and ornamental bushes. The balcony is sided by walls. Along the farm's structures there is a vine covered trail, supported by granit columns and side by stone paths. It is private property and produces …
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 …
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.
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, …
Galicia Mail'o Minho
Galicia restaurant Mail ' Minho is integrated in the Hotel Termas de Monção. Its decoration is modern, minimalist and intimate, while your knitting bet primarily on regional cuisine, cuisine of Minho. The wines are very important for the region, with …
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.
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A pleasant space that serves regional Portuguese dishes.
A rustic restaurant, with stone walls, typical of the Minho region.
Where to sleep in Monção
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