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MINHO
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regional overview

In the northwest corner of Portugal, the Minho is green, scenic, quiet and bucolic. There are long empty beaches, gently-flowing rivers, mossy forests and granite hills with wild horses. Villages perch above green terraced fields and small historic market towns line the banks of the Minho and Lima rivers. Jewel in the crown for nature-lovers and walkers is Peneda-Gerês national park and the Minho is one of the best places in Europe for surfing and kite-surfing.

properties in Minho

The Minho is ideal for country escapes. It has delightful renovated farmhouses, ideal for families and groups wanting self-catering accommodation, plenty of space, a pool and large gardens. For couples and smaller groups on a budget, there are charming cottages and barns with kitchenettes and access to a shared pool. Those looking for bed and breakfast accommodation and historic country hotels could do no better than staying in a beautiful monastery, manor or Solar country estate.

the great outdoors

With beaches, rivers, forests and rugged hills, the Minho is ideal for those wanting to enjoy the great outdoors. Some of the best surfing and kite-surfing spots in Europe include Moledo, Afife, Cabedelo de Viana and Esposende. There are also very good conditions for kayaking and fishing on the gently-flowing Minho and Lima rivers. Birders will spot a huge range of species, mountain-bikers have plenty of rugged tracks to explore and walkers will adore the old-world charm and natural beauty of the countryside.

historic towns & local culture

There are picturesque old towns and villages throughout the Minho. On the coast, there is Viana do Castelo, an old river port, and further up the Lima valley there are small historic towns such as Ponte de Lima and Ponte da Barca. Looking across to Spain, the Minho river has Caminha, Cerveira, Valença and Monção and larger historic towns in the south include Barcelos, Braga and Guimarães. Finally, isolated in the hills, there are granite villages where medieval farming traditions are still followed to this day.

best times to visit

The plum blossoms in February mark the start of springtime in the Minho, a period of great beauty with wildflowers, good hiking conditions and the Corpus Christi flower procession in Caminha. Warm temperatures, sunshine and blue skies last from May to October, with good kite-surfing in the afternoons and village festivals throughout August. The autumn is a time of Vinho Verde wine harvests, golden leaves and chestnuts. The winter has great waves for surfers and betweens rains it can be gloriously crisp and sunny.

getting there & around

The Minho is easy to get to and travel around. Porto airport has international flights from all over Europe, served amongst other airlines by TAP, Ryanair, Easyjet, KLM, Lufthansa, Air Berlin and Swiss Air. In the summer months, an alternative is using Vueling and Iberia into Vigo and Santiago de Compostela airports in Spain. From Porto and Vigo, one can reach most areas of the Minho in 90 minutes by car. Local trains and buses connect towns, but a car is needed for stays in the countryside.
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