Caminha Travel Guide

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Caminha Things to Do

  • Igreja Matriz (Parish Church)

    A church in the plateresque renaissance style with an ogee apse. It's a three-naved building with one single tower, a fine example of late Romanesque art. It began to be built by the stonemason from Biscaia and Castile Tomé de Tolosa (1488) and was carried forth by Pero Galego. Inside it's possible to admire 17th and 18th century tiles as well as...

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  • The wall

    While walking along the river, if you look at the opposite direction - that is, the village - you will see the castle's wall. It is another landmark in Caminha. As many villages and towns spread around Portugal, these places used to have a castle for defence purposes. Nowadays, there are lots of houses built around these walls.

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  • A walk along the river

    Any visit to Caminha is not completed until you discover the river (River Minho). Take a long walk along the river and enjoy the magnificent views it provides. If possible, walk during sunset and you will never forget it. The hill across the river is Spain. In the river you might notice several coloured boats, which are used for fishing purposes.

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  • A stroll in the streets

    After looking at these reference buildings, take a quiet stroll around the cobbled and narrow streets of Caminha. You will notice some Portuguese architecture, typical from the north - robust looking houses, yet charming, that have been built over a century ago. Back then, houses were made of solid stone and in some of them you can notice the...

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  • Sightseeing around the Square

    As I mentioned previously, the square it's a good starting point for some walking around and sightseeing:> Passos do Concelho (City Hall)> Solar dos Pitas (a 15th century building) > Torre do Relógio (Clock Tower, 15th century)> ChurchAll the mentioned buildings are around the square so you won't miss them.

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  • The square

    This central square is one of the town's central points. Everything seems to happen "from" here and town lives around the square. It is the perfect place to start exploring around (walking) and also to finish, since you can sit on one of the several open-air cafes and relax while enjoying some drink or something to eat. And be sure to take some...

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Caminha Restaurants

  • Vila Nova de Cerveira

    If you are travelling by car, go and have dinner in Vila Nova de Cerveira. There is a little restaurant in a square in front of the church. This restaurant provides fabulous food and it’s very economic. I had a huge and tasty beef here and meal was very cheap. Deserts are also very good. Service back then was also great.

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  • Pastries in the square

    If you are looking for a faster meal or just a snack then there are also some pastries available. If weather allows, choose the open-air tables as it is much nicer. Pastries and sweets are also very good in Caminha, be sure not to miss them.

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  • Restaurants in the square

    In the main square you have 2 restaurants to choose from for a hot tasty northern meal. The North of Portugal it’s renowned for it’s good quality and tasty food, mainly meat. The menu is varied and provides very good options for enjoying portuguese "cuisine".

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Caminha Nightlife

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    by IneXisTenZ Written Jun 14, 2003

    This place in the center of Caminha is a traditional spot where people goes take a drink before start the night. Also in all day is a nice place to relax and read.

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Caminha Transportation

  • Boat

    Caminha is, as I've said, located in the mouth of River Minho. Just across the River is Spain, and there are boats that connect daily both countries and coastal villages. Trip is very quick and easy to do.

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  • Car

    The best and easiest way to arrive in Caminha is by car. This northern town is about 25km from Viana do Castelo and along the road you will be able to visit beautiful coastal areas and beaches, such as Moledo or the village Vila Praia de Ancora.

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Caminha Shopping

  • Shop

    If you stroll through the narrow streets of Caminha you will undoubtedly come across some shops that are no longer found in big cities – that kind of shop that sells everything and has some goods hanging at the door. Anyway, if you’re into some more modern shop, or just want to buy some souvenirs, you will find some shops that might suit you just...

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  • Market

    While visiting Caminha on a Tuesday morning we came across a street market. In this open-air market you could find all kinds of goods: clothes, shoes, fruit, vegetables, flowers, birds, chicken, .. I think that almost everything was there! Even if you are not in the mood for this kind of shopping, I am always delighted when I visit local markets,...

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  • Postcards, Magazines and Journal

    Quiet and nice... This store in center of Caminha is a nice place where you can buy all kind of postcards, international journals and magazines...

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Caminha Local Customs

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    by micas_pt Written Dec 26, 2003

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    Caminha is in Viana do Castelo district, on North Portugal. Caminha is about 25km away from Viana do Castelo, so if you are visiting this city and have a car you should go and enjoy this quiet little town and beautiful surroundings by the River Minho.

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Caminha Warnings and Dangers

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    by micas_pt Written Dec 26, 2003

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    Even during summer time the weather might be somewhat unpredictable in the north. So you’d better pack some light coat that provides protection against wind and rain. Nights can also be cooler.

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Caminha Off The Beaten Path

  • Vila Praia de Ancora

    Vila Praia de Ancora is a nice little village close to Caminha, and it is worth a visit if you are travelling by car. It is on the way to Moledo beach, so you’d better do both on same trip.

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  • Vila Nova de Cerveira

    Vila Nova de Cerveira is a beautiful town, just a few km from Caminha. Here you will find a kind of central square with a beautiful church and some nice houses. A walk around the streets is a good option to getting to know this village. When approaching the village by car you will notice an animal made of iron on top of a hill, welcoming you to...

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  • Beaches

    Caminha is in a coastal area, so quite near you will find beautiful beaches. But beware: northern beaches are colder! But nevertheless quiet good and surely amazing. One of the most renowned beaches in this area is Moledo, so be sure not to miss it as it is very close to Caminha (by car).

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Caminha Favorites

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    by micas_pt Updated Dec 26, 2003

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    Favorite thing: My favourite thing about Caminha is the square, which i find fascinating. Some antique buildings surround it, and while sitting in some open-air café you have the chance of feeling the heart of the village. I came here several times and I loved to sit there and stay just looking around, or reading a book or having a nice chat.


    Fondest memory: My fondest memory is the river at sunset, no doubt about it. I've no words to describe it - nor photos, since i took none, unfortunately. :-(

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