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Igreja do Bom Jesus da Cruz, Barcelos
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Sé Catedral de Braga
Rio Homem, Parque Nacional da Peneda Gerês
Parque Natural do Litoral Norte, Esposende
Fortaleza de Valença
Foz do rio Minho, Caminha
Vista do Monte de Santa Luzia, Viana do Castelo
Rancho folclórico junto aos Paços do Concelho, Viana do Castelo

MINHO

Splendor in the green

In Minho region, we will find a bit of everything along the way: green valleys, old mountain trails, historical cities and tows with a valuable heritage, manor houses full of traditions, modern industrialised urban environments, diffuse rustic settlements, white sand beaches and an angry sea, all of this surrounded by a unique green landscape. Apart from this dreamlike scenery, the joy and the hospitality of Minho inhabitants are absolutely contagious. The costumes, dancing and singing, the traditional music, the famous gastronomy, and the combination of every single element will provide visitors an unforgettable stay.

 

Presenting an essentially granite rock substrate, Minho has the shape of an amphitheatre over the Atlantic. The mountainous areas of the inland, Peneda and Gerês, Marão, Montemuro and Gralheira massif, are the end of this amphitheatre. The relief has three diverse zones that become higher and different from the coast to the inland: coastline plain stretching along the river valleys (Minho, Lima, Cavado, Ave, Tâmega and Douro); hills in the middle zone and mountains in the interior. Vineyards, corn and green meadows are major attractions of the Minho landscape. In the mountain areas, the lavish oak tree and pine tree forest is a green area in the border with Trás-os-Montes. Minho is the coolest and most humid region in the country, due to its location by the Atlantic. The highest annual precipitation averages are registered here.    

 

The district of Braga is located further south. The beautifully wild Terras do Bouro and Amares, the intense green of Vieira do Minho or Póvoa do Lanhoso, World Heritage Site Guimarães, the protected coastal area of Esposende, the immense Terras do Basto, all these landmarks are included in this zone. The rural features of more distant places combine with the exuberance of country's youngest city: Braga. It has a remarkable well-preserved historical centre with a millenary cathedral and numerous exemplars of the best Baroque architecture. From the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus you will contemplate the city in all its splendour. And the football stadium drawn by architect Soto de Moura attracts visitors from all over the world. Barcelos, located near the coastline, is an important handicraft producing centre, namely figurative ceramics. It is the stage of one of the greatest Portuguese fairs, held on Thursdays.

Further north lays the district of Viana do Castelo. Surrounded by Amarela (Peneda), Gerês and Cabreira Mountains, here you will find the Peneda-Gerês National Park, a jewel of Portuguese protected landscape. Viana is a city that effectively combines tradition and modernity. It is also the stage of one of the biggest processions in Minho, Senhora da Agonia, which takes place on the third week of August. Further north, there is Camainha with its windy beaches and Melgaço, as well as Lima (Ponte da Barca and Ponte de Lima) and Minho Rivers (Valença with a beautiful well-preserved 17th century fort-square).

 

In terms of gastronomy, the main specialities are: "papas de sarrabulho" (pork or kid stew with bread), "rojões" (crackling pork), kid, "arroz pica no chão" (rice cooked with blood), as well as sweet specialities "fidalguinhos", "sameiros", "clarinhas de Fão", "brisas da Penha", sweet oranges, covered sponge cake or opulent Abade de Priscos pudding. This pudding was created by a skilful cleric who mastered the cooking art. The secrets of his recipes are still to be unveiled. 

"Cavaquinhos" (small string instruments), violas and "Braguesa" guitar are some of the artisanal works of Minho region, along with basket ware, embroideries, ceramics and sacred art.

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