Valença Travel Guide

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Valença Things to Do

  • The Fortaleza Fortress. Behind the...

    The huge Portuguese fortress Fortaleza stands guard over the River Minho. First fortifications here were known from XII and XIII centuries. The fortress in its present condition was build during the War of the Restoration of Portuguese Independence 1640-1668. Its purpose was to defend restored Kingdom of Portugal from possible Spanish invasion....

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  • The Fortaleza Fortress. Views from...

    The huge Portuguese fortress Fortaleza stands guard over the River Minho. First fortifications here were known from XII and XIII centuries. The fortress in its present condition was build during the War of the Restoration of Portuguese Independence 1640-1668. Its purpose was to defend restored Kingdom of Portugal from possible Spanish invasion....

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  • The Fortaleza Fortress. Bastions.

    The huge Portuguese fortress Fortaleza stands guard over the River Minho. First fortifications here were known from XII and XIII centuries. The fortress in its present condition was build during the War of the Restoration of Portuguese Independence 1640-1668. Its purpose was to defend restored Kingdom of Portugal from possible Spanish invasion....

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  • The Fortaleza Fortress. Valenca do Minho

    The huge Portuguese fortress Fortaleza stands guard over the River Minho. First fortifications here were known from XII and XIII centuries. The fortress in its present condition was build during the War of the Restoration of Portuguese Independence 1640-1668. Its purpose was to defend restored Kingdom of Portugal from possible Spanish invasion....

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  • Monte Faro

    Besides the breath-taking views, there's a small park where the tree shadows are really helpfull to relax on a hot day

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  • Monte Faro

    This mountain has a favored location. From the top it it's possible to admire the Minho river valley til the sea (if the weather helps) and to Galicia.

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  • Old International Bridge

    In 1879 Portugal and Spain agreed to construct this bi-functional (road and train) bridge. The bridge was built inspired in Eiffel works.The best thing to do is to cross the bridge by walking while admiring the river and the sights around.

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  • Capela do Bom Jesus

    Baroque and neo-classic style, this chapel was built in the 17th century. Inside the decoration is mainly neo-classic style

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  • Statue of São Teotónio

    São Teotónio was the first portuguese Saint, born near Valença in Ganfei, was the confessor of King D. Afonso Henriques. He was also in a cruzade in Palestine fighting the moors.

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  • The Fortress

    Valença fortress is a piece of gothic and baroque military architecture. The first walls were built in the 13th century. The fortress was upgraded during the 17th and 18th century forming the actual bulwarked system.It is placed on top of two small hills and it's formed by two polygons (the Recinto Magistral and the Coroada) separated by a ditch...

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  • Paiol do Açougue

    it was built during the 18th century and had several different uses from military barracks, refugee, wardstore and ammunition store.

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  • Cannons

    Near the north wall it's possible to find several old cannons very well maintained and still pointing to the river and Spain reminding us their old function

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  • Igreja de Santo Estevão

    This romanic church was built in the 13th century and had a neo-classic reconstruction during the 18th century.Inside can be seen several panels representing scenes of the life of Saint Estevão.

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  • Roman Milestone

    This milestone dates back from the 1st century AD. It has the following inscription: TIBERIUS CLAUDIUS CAESER AUGUSTUS GERMANICUS PONTIFEX MAXIMUS. IMPERATOR V CONSUL III, TRIBUNICIA POTESTATE III. PATER PATRIAE BRACARA XLII.It marks 42 miles distance on the road from Braga to Tui and the Emperor Claudius ordered it's construction when the "Via IV...

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  • Praça da República

    After entering the fortress through Porta do Sol and turning right on the Rua C Lopes da Silva we arrive to the main square where the Town Hall is located and several narrow streets join.

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    by bambino36 Written Sep 30, 2004

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    I found this tile on a wall by chance. The poem, written in portuguese, is dedicated to Valença and was wrote by Alice Garção in 1928

    Azulejo, Valen��a

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Valença Sports & Outdoors

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    by bambino36 Written Sep 30, 2004

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    Where once there was a railroad line today is a cycling track. It has 10Km long starting in Valença and ends in a nearby village, Lapela. The intention is to reconvert the railroad line til Monção which would give around 18Km. This track follows the Minho river.

    Cycling track, Valen��a
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