Stunning views on a wide horizon,
Bursting of culture, history and tradition.
Caminha, Viana, Braga and Gerês:
So much Minho to get to know
And so much Minho to taste at the table.
Douro and Porto appear very close in the landscape,
Sweet, as the grapes of their wines.
Of fascinating contrasts.
Rural and urban,
In all, the simplicity of their folks,
Of easy smiles, friendly…
We’re right here!
On the Portuguese border that links to Galicia.
Region of Spain that we see across the river
And that we can also follow,
On the way to Santiago…
Sea, mountain and river join in a unique natural setting overlooking the Spanish region of Galicia. Caminha is a mosaic of landscapes, which holds a unique botany, emerging the Serra D'Arga and the National Forest of Camarido - with its waterfalls and natural pools - as mandatory Sightseeing scenarios.
There are several visible natural habitats, thanks to marshes, reeds, riparian corridors and banks of sand. The otter and salmon stand out in this region, such as a wide variety of birds, among which are the Egret and the Capped-Heron, the Plover, the Cormorant, the Sandpiper or the Turtledove of the Sea, and a variety of ducks and gulls.
Caminha is also synonymous with beach! In full mouth of Minho, Moledo is one of the most prestigious bathing areas of the country in a panorama that also involves the beaches of Vila Praia de Âncora and of Forte do Cão. Beyond the beauty of the beaches, all stand out for its therapeutic characteristics, given the high concentration of iodine representing.
This region also stands out by its river areas of recreation, especially where the tranquility of the Coura River – going down to the Minho River - provides the practice of various water sports such as skiing, canoeing, rowing or simple rides in pedal boats and in pleasure boats.
At the gastronomic level, the parishes of the coastline, close to the sea and rivers, bring out the fresh fish such as trout, salmon, shad, sea bass, sole, sardines or plaices. Once inside, at the agricultural level, are privileged the meat dishes - especially pork - but also the kid.
Caminha also shows its sweetness with characteristic desserts: the Milk-Cream (Leite-creme) and the Rice Pudding (Arroz Doce) are an absolute must, as the local pastry involving the Caminhenses, the Mokas, the Roscas and the Papudos.
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A cidade dourada pelas suas filigranas. Gerações de artífices desenvolveram esta técnica capaz de transformar poucos gramas de ouro em finas joias de rara beleza, constituindo atualmente um dos principais cartazes turísticos da região.
A riqueza de Viana não se restringe às suas filigranas. Envolve muitas outras vertentes, entre as quais está o seu quadro paisagístico natural, desde logo com o imperial Monte de Santa Luzia que recebe, bem lá no alto, a Basílica do Sagrado Coração de Jesus – inspirada na Basílica do Sacré Coeur de Paris –, proporcionando uma visão global sobre a cidade, sobre o estuário do Rio Lima e sobre o mar.
Detentora de uma gastronomia riquíssima, Viana do Castelo tem forte laços com o bacalhau, já que era daí que os bacalhoeiros partiam para a Terra Nova e para a Gronelândia, pescando por longos períodos de tempo, regressando depois com esse pescado que se enraizou nas suas tradições à mesa, sendo cozinhado das mais variadas formas.
Além do bacalhau, muitos outros pratos trouxeram fama a esta região minhota. O Arroz de Pé Descalço ou Pica no Chão, os Rojões à Moda do Minho, o Arroz de Sarrabulho e o Cabrito surgem com destaque na generalidade dos menus, nos quais a Lampreia e o Polvo mantêm igualmente fortes tradições. Fama vincada também no verde dos seus vinhos. Branco, Tinto ou Rosé, destacam-se sempre as castas Loureiro e Vinhão.
Por aqui, a doçaria regional é de tal variedade que levantará dúvidas na hora da escolha. As Meias-Luas, o Leite-Creme, o Arroz Doce, a Torta e os Biscoitos de Viana, os Sidónios e as Santas Luzias são doces exemplos que não deverá deixar de provar.
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The green of its landscape is the main feature of this region located in the northwest peninsular, in the heart of Alto Minho, having Viana do Castelo as the capital of the district and standing nearby from the cities of Braga - 36 km - and Oporto - 90 km.
The green of the landscape is the main feature of this region which has in the river Vez the natural mirror of all its rich history. The river is integrated in the mountainous complex of the Peneda Gerês National Park, featuring a vast natural heritage through mountains and plains.
With nine centuries of history, this town adds a remarkable set of amazing historical monuments, comprising castles, churches, chapels, towers and bridges, representing an entire chronology surrounding the ancient civilizations, becoming, therefore, mandatory the visits to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Peneda (Santuário da Nossa Senhora da Peneda), to the Soajo and to the Ermelo.
This is a land of well-eating, in which the green wine, in general, and the Alvarinho, in particular, arise in this connection as the main flags of the region. This is a land in which the kid, which is cooked in many different ways, gained prominence in tourist menus.
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Here we are in full route of the green wines of Portugal. These two places are part of the national demarcated region, lying both in a unique natural habitat that gives them unique characteristics which are the source of its main emblem - the Alvarinho wine.
Again, the food comes classified as a national heritage, based on customs and habits that raise local products at a level of excellence. Fish, and in particular the lamprey, become must-see delicacies, which are responsible for the difficult task to choose the specialty to prove: the Rice of Lamprey, the Lamprey at Bordelaise, the dry Lamprey roasted over hot coal, fried shad accompanied with the typical fried maize bread, the Trout of River Minho or the Salmon grilled.
Also the meat dishes cultivate huge tradition in these lands. The Monção style Lamb baked in a wood oven, the kid baked in the bread oven, the Sarrabulho, the Fiães and Castro Laboreiro ham and the several sausages of this region are delicacies that will last in your memory.
To follow up, of course, Alvarinho wine and the typical desserts, such as the Stone Cake (Bolo da Pedra) and the Mimosos Pastels.
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Nature is the main tourist attraction of Gerês!
A natural setting of mountains shaped by the times and crystalline water courses that feed the rich fauna and flora. True welfare land stamped in its Natural Park, which was the first protected area implemented in Portugal.
Its thermal treatments and consequent health benefits gained global fame, involving the treatment of diseases related to liver and gallbladder, diabetes, hypertension, rheumatism and obesity.
The thermal establishment of Gerês is currently a remodeled and reequipped structure being provided with modern thermal techniques and can be said without any doubt that these spas are the primary and busiest in the country.
In addition to these aspects, the Gerês area is also known for its traditional cuisine. In the menu the kid and the calf barrosã appear at the top of the specialties, adding even the wild boar, the cod and the octopus cooked at the Lagareiro
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Bathed by the River Douro, it is the second-largest Portuguese city. It is noted for its urban beauty that perfectly makes the connection between the old and the new architectures.
The Port Wine is its largest worldwide emblem, with its inevitable tasting at any of the several existing wine cellars in the city, for which they are scheduled daily guided tours especially directed to tourists.
Despite the large supermarkets it offers, Oporto is also a city of traditional commerce. The St. Catherine Street (Rua de Santa Catarina), in downtown area, it is in this context their place of reference, pontificating there some of the best shopping in the city. There it is also located the most emblematic and splendid of portuenses cafes - the Majestic.
On a visit to Oporto would be unforgivable not to know the Cathedral, which is characterized by being one of the first monuments in the city, the Church and the Tower of Clerics (Torre dos Clérigos), which appears as another of the main symbols of the city, the Soares dos Reis Museum, filled with national art, and the modern House of the Music (Casa da Música), always with a wide cultural program available.
Oporto is also rich at the gastronomic level, being obligatory dishes the Tripas à moda do Porto and the Francesinhas - perfect dishes to be complemented with some of the many traditional desserts of the city, including the rice pudding (Arroz Doce) and the Burnt Cream (Creme Queimado).
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Centuries of work on earth, transformed the arid and rocky soils of the Douro in fertile rows of terraces and vineyard, leading UNESCO to classify it as a World Heritage Site.
The Port wine is the major emblem of this region, boosting its evolution at the tourist level, given its orderly and sustainable development, in a process that has always privileged the qualification and environmental improvement.
The Douro region is currently the main tourist focus of northern Portugal, with its unforgettable exploration through a boat ride or by the railroad aboard the historic train.
Here we are in full route of the Port Wine, being undeniable an entry in the various farmsteads that have their doors open to visitors for a deeper knowledge of wine art, or simply for testing the wines produced there: White Wines - soft and fruity; Red Wines - more intense, with ruby colour and aromas of flowers and fruits; Sparkling Wine - Reserved for years on stage and, therefore, of great intensity.
The excellence of this region also reflects up in their gastronomic traditions. The Douro is synonymous with forest hunting and river fishes. Homemade sausages and roast kid in old wood oven switch the emphasis on the table with the trout of Varosa, the trout of Balsemão and the trout of Vilar. These are simple examples among many others as the Torresmos of Cinfães, the Corns of Meda, the Wild Rabbit with “míscaros” mushrooms, the Tarouca Meat Bazulaque and the Bôlas of Lamego.
Unique dishes with unique flavours complemented by a long list of regional sweets, based on conventual recipes: the São João da Pesqueira almond candies, the Cavacas of Resende and the fruit cake (Bolo-Rei) of Tabuaço, without disdain for the juicy fruits of their orchards.
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Braga. Immortalized as the city of archbishops, given the religious marks recognized in the course of its history. No wonder, therefore, that the celebrations of Holy Week, at Easter time, constitute the main poster of the city at the tourist level, emerging even as one of the richest religious traditions currently carried out in Portugal.
At the tourist level, it would be unforgivable not to take the opportunity to visit the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, considered the most known and appreciated by the Portuguese, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro and the image which is its patron saint, brought from Rome in 1880, or the Sanctuary of Falperra, in honour of St. Mary Magdalene.
Besides the religious aspect, Braga is also a region of unique cuisine. In its traditional menu, stands out the Papas of Sarrabulho and the Cod at Narcisa, sweetened at the end, with a pudding (Pudim do Abade de Priscos), with the Fidalguinhos or with the Sameiros.
In Braga you can also enjoy folklore with their traditional dances and songs, as well as the characteristic sound of the cavaquinho (small guitar) and of the gaita-de-beiços (harmonica) – musical instruments marked by their unique sound.Visit this city and remember that in Rinoterra Minho we will be happy to guide you personally throughout your stay. We wait for you!
This is one of the most beautiful Spanish regions, which is located in the northwest peninsular. In Galicia, Santiago de Compostela is the tourist landmark at the religious level, being the last step of a path with several European routes, ending precisely at its extraordinary Cathedral - The Obradoiro.
Vigo, La Coruña, Lugo and Orense are, besides Santiago de Compostela, other emblematic cities of this region. Apart from the religious aspect, Galicia has many other tourist values to offer. The Rias Baixas, occupying the west coast of La Coruña and all the coast of Pontevedra, form a unique landscape in the world, such as the archipelago made up of the Cies Islands - true natural treasure with fabulous beaches, especially suitable for diving.
Eating in Galicia is always good! There are numerous restaurants and traditional taverns able to easily provide you a true delicacy made exclusively with local products.
The shellfish is on top of the references, despite the octopus also be a mandatory snack in this region, as well the cheeses, meats and desserts - meals accompanied by their local wines, especially the Ribeiro and the Alvarinho.
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