Valença

Also known as Valença do Minho, this county is bordered to the North and Northwest by the Minho river, which separates it from Spain. This river that marks the landscape, where are the vineyards and cultivated fields arranged symmetrically. Its Foundation is closely linked to their geographical location, having been an important military and political point due to the proximity of the border with Galicia. Was populated by Dom Sancho I and destroyed in 1212 by troops of Alfonso IX of León, receiving a Charter in 1217. During the middle ages, it was an important point of passage for pilgrims heading to Santiago de Compostela. At the time of the war of Restoration, between 1657 and 1668, was repeatedly battered by attacks Castilians, conserving even some forts built at this point: Fort of São Jorge, Balagota Fort, Tuído Fort, Forte de São Pedro da Torre and Watchtower of Cerdal. In relation to its gastronomy, roast lamb, cod to Gandra to São Teotónio, the RAM to dry soup and Gondomil. At the time of slaughter the pig, you can try belouras, sarrabulho and Fireworks. In handicraft, highlight to the Linnen.

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Pousada de Valença
Pousada de Valença

Charm inn

Opened in 1962, the Pousada de Valença do Minho, of São Teotónio, stands on the highest point of the historic centre of Valencia, with privileged view of Spain…

Near Valença

Caminha

Caminha


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…

Vila Nova de Cerveira

Vila Nova de Cerveira


Vila Nova de Cerveira is strongly influenced by the Minho river, course that delimits all the County and provides magnificent views who passes. The b…

Paredes de Coura

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…

Monção

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 f…