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by micas_pt

Geres is a cosy little village that has grown due its thermal water properties. The village is situated on a valley and while walking past main street you will see green slops around you. Near Geres village is the beautiful National Park Peneda-Geres, that spreads over a wide area of about 700 square km. It is a protected area, which means that there are some activities that are restricted. The Park is a delimited area in terms of map, but actually there is no entrance to it. While visiting the park, by car or trekking, you will come across beautiful green landscapes, enchanted water falls and dam.

For further information see my Geres page .

Peneda Geres National Park

by salinhopt

Recognised by the International Union for Nature Conservation because of the variety of the landscape, plant and animal species, habitat and cultural heritage. A mountainous area (Ger?s, Soajo and Amarela). The park has offices in Montalegre, Arcos de Valdevez and Ger?s, and lies across three administrative districts and 5 municipalities.

Distrito Braga

by micas_pt

The district of Braga is also located on the North of Portugal. The main attractions on this district are the city of Braga (the city with the youngest population in Portugal) with a beautiful old city centre, the sanctuary Bom Jesus that is an impressive place standing on top of a hill and overlooking the city - you will enjoy both the view and the Baroque church. In Braga district there is also an amazing Natural Park - Peneda-Geres - where you can enjoy the nature and the quietness - the green, the trees and local flora, some animals, waterfalls and dam.

Braga District

by solopes

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Alto Minho

by xicomelo


Minho is Portugal's Northwestern region. It's very beautiful, green and full of colours. Colours from the people, from the typical customes, from the food and from the rooster: the Rooster of Barcelos (Galo de Barcelos), the most typical and famous animal of this country.

The region of Minho is composed by two districts: Viana do Castelo and Braga, and it's bordered by two rivers: Minho (at north) and C?vado (at south).

There's also a distinction between Alto Minho (High Minho) and Verde Minho (Green Minho - South). This page is about Alto Minho.

"Green Park"

If Minho is green, than the greenest part of it is in Geres. This beautiful natural park is sits on the eastern zone of Minho and is very rich in thermal waters, vegetal species and... fresh air. It's a gorgeous place for relaxing, mountain and river sports.

Geres has also a very traditional life custom. It's common to see people guarding their cattle in the roads and near the villages.

"Rio Minho - East"

Rio Minho borders Minho region on its northen part. There are some villages and small towns settled in front of the river.

Melgaço is a quite village (in the picture) with architecture from the XVIII and XIX centuries. Some of the buildings are older but are only a few ones. Melgaço is very small and can be visited in an hour.

Monção is a bit larger than Melgaço but also small. This town is settled in front of Rio Minho and there's a garden where you can sit and admire the river.

"Rio Minho - West"

The western villages of north Minho are more developed as they are not so isolated from the rest of the World!

Valença is a bordering town. It's very enjoyable but too much touristic, specially on weekends. It has many interesting monuments and churches to visit but walking in the streets is, by itslef, a good reason to go to Valença. Whenever you're in Valença, a trip to the other side of the river is also a good option. There you'll find Tuy, a small Spanish town, very beautiful and completely diferent from Valença. It's a worth visit.

Vila Nova de Cerveira is another place I like. It's really calm, very well preserved and great for a ending evening. Here, there are some nice hostels and, due to the beauty and the quitness of this place, it's the perfect to settle your home whenever you're on vacations in this region.

Caminha is another small and beautiful town (or village). It's close to the sea and to the river. So, it's a very enjoyable place to visit. The old zone of Caminha is well preserved and it's a good choice for a walk.

"Viana do Castelo"

The most developed center of Minho is here. The town has a very rich historical center that deserves a hard visit. Besides that, there's the santuary of Santa Luzia from where you can admire the city, the river and the ocean from the top. It's a worth visit.

Around Viana do Castelo there are also some beaches you may want to discover and enjoy after an historical day in the town.


The most famous rooster of our country was born here and now he is multiplied for thousands of them. That's why you'll find him everywhere in Portugal.

Barcelos is a very beautiful village. It's enjoyable for a big walk. You shouldn't skip this place as its buildings are historical and interesting.

"Complementary Information"

Minho is a region full of culture and history. Because it's settled on the northwestern zone of Portugal is, for many visitors, an off the beaten path. But it worths a visit of a few days. Besides these places I mentioned here, there are many other villages and small towns like Arcos de Valdevez, Esposende, Paredes de Coura, Ponte da Barca, Ponte de Lima and many other that worths a visit.

If want more information about this region, you may visit the official tourist site: http://www.rtam.pt.



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Road trip in portugal

by Adriyan

Hi All

I'm wondering if it's advisable to drive all the way from lisbon up to porto or even further up north in early december(within 5-6 days). Saw pictures of places along the way and it's just too nice to let them pass by without stopping and i dont wanna spend too much time at one place. So give us watever advise and does anyone tink tis idea is crazy or wat??

Thanks a million

Re: Road trip in portugal

by tucha

Well , I think it's a good ideia, bu in that time of the year and to North, be careful with the weather...because it may rain a lot and it could get also temperatures between 10-15ºC...it's a not a very good weather to travel..

Re: Road trip in portugal

by Mundus


I think that is a great idea! There are wonderful places along the way! You have to sleep at least once in a Pousada de Portugal which are hold palaces/castles that now are hotels. A little pricey but beautiful! Then you can also try the wines and gastronomy of every region. Although Portugal is small it was an imense diversity in the gastronomy.

Go for it!

Re: Road trip in portugal

by mcb

There is no problem travel in winter in Portugal, just sometimes snows in interior north like Bragança.
You should get to the top (Minho) visit Caminha is great, you should go to Serra do Gerês too, near Braga.
Travel in Portugal it isn't never a crazy Idea, of course you can get wet...

Re: Road trip in portugal

by PPereira

I'v just read your question. It's the first time I get in VT. About your doubt, I insist you have to come to visit the North. I'm from Lisbon, but now I'm living in the North. Now, the tips: 1-December it's a cold and rainy month, but of course with it's charme; 2-By car, you spent more or less 3 hours from Lisbon to Oporto (there are +/- 310Kms); 3-further up North is where Portugal was born, +/- 1.000 years ago; 4-The main cityes are Guimaraes, Braga and Viana do Castelo. If you prefer, you could tell me what you would like to see, and I could give some more tips. To see some photos form these cityes I'v told, look in www.juventoursviagens.com
Finaly. Of course it's a good idea to visit the North of Portugal.
Bie Bie

Re: Re: Road trip in portugal

by Adriyan

Thanks for all the tips n advice .. guess i will definitely try the road trip thingy .. well if anyone has places that they tink i shd never give a miss during the trip up north in portugal ... do share it with me .. thanks again

Re: Road trip in portugal

by JoseMonteiro

Hi, Yes, you should go by car though the weather will not be very good.
Some places to visit: north of Porto go to "Viana do Castelo", "Ponte de Lima", "Ponte da Barca", "Braga", "Guimaraes", "Caldas do Geres",... You can see some images from these places in my page.
Nice trip


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