Inserted on the border between the Earth and the Earth Cold Hot Transmontana, the toponym of Valpaços appears mentioned in documents of the 12th century, although these lands were calcorreadas by ancestral peoples who left traces of their culture. The Rock Sanctuary de Algeriz and the castros de Ribas, Vilarandelo and Hedgehog attest to this presence and worth a visit. The Roman road that linked Braga to Astorga crosses this Council, whose milestones still can be observed well preserved. In addition to these, there are other Roman remains throughout the County, particularly in the village of Possacos and the various bridges, of which stands out the small arch with its 7.5 meters wide. With the passage of time were rising solar, noble houses, churches and chapels, with highlight to the Igreja Matriz de Valpaços and Possacos, the Solar arc or diving sources de Algeriz. The municipality modernized, but the people have left to take advantage of the traditions established over time and the fertility of the land, insisting in the production of Brown, olive, cherry and grape, whose excellence reflects on gastronomy, wines from the Cellars of Valpaços recognized and in three main fairs of the region: the fair of Folklore, the chestnut Fair and the Smokehousethat attract large crowds. These do not lose the opportunity to taste the traditional dishes of the region, based on the best of their products, display delicacies such as the famous folar, sausages and hams, cooked and chestnut-based recipes, such as soup, cake or mousse. The craft also seeks to perpetuate the traditions of weaving, lace work, of work and of the knitting of the punch. To mention the pilgrimage at the shrine of Nossa Senhora da Saúde de Valpaços, which takes place every year in September, based on a legendary popular vote and well known throughout the region. The life of the municipality is calm and forward-looking, focusing on modernisation and on attracting industry, tourism and cultural events, counting for this with several infrastructures, while the nature, traditions and quality of life remain intact by the zeal of its people.
What to do in Valpaços
Museu Rural da Castanha
The sowing and production of chestnuts are traditional in Carrazedo de Montenegro. The museum shows it to its visitors.
Praia Fluvial do Rabaçal
The Rabaçal river is fit for water sports, namely rafting and canoeing, for example.
Castro de Ribas
The Castro de Ribas is a fortified village and proto-history with an area exceeding romanized 2 hectares, being one of the best preserved castros of the country. The complex defensive system consists of four rows of towering walls (with traces …
Where to eat in Valpaços
Where to sleep in Valpaços
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