The Rio Lima and the Rio Minho
A gastronomy & wine tour in the very heart of Portugal based on the two great rivers that flow through the region, in the heart of the Vinho Verde area, the river Lima & the River Minho.
A lush, verdant, area producing the best of the vinhos verdes (green wines) including the increasingly rare Vinho Verdes rose & red, along with great food and ancient culture.
We will walk along the beautiful Rio Lima, so beautiful that it was believed to be the mythical river Lethe, the river of forgetfulness by the Romans.
We will visit Viana do Castelo, the Pearl of the north, on the estuary of the river Lima, described as ‘Entre o mar, o rio e a montanha’ (between the sea, the river and the mountains).
We will walk into Caminha through a cool forest to appreciate the beautiful estuary of the river Minho.
One of our walks will be centred around the magnificent Palácio da Brejoeira which we will be able to visit.
We will be able to enjoy, as part of our stay, a luxurious spa treatment at the luxurious Caldas de Monção spa, known for being very beneficial for respiratory, rheumatism & joint problems.
Then, on our last day, we visit Tuy & Valença, the Portuguese & Spanish neighbours gazing at each other across the river.
It is a fitting finish to our holiday.
Ponte de Lima, our first centre, is the oldest town in Portugal, sited beside the tranquil waters of the river Lima, it is in the very heart of the Vinho Verde area. The scenery all around is classic Minho with a lush landscape, pretty villages and plethora of palaces and manor houses scattered all over.
Monção, our next centre, was once an important Portuguese fortress on the frontier with Spain. It was then the backdrop to the many battles between the kingdoms of Portugal and Castile.
Looking out over the river Minho, with its appealing terraces and belvederes, this fortified town on the bank of the River Minho is an ancient spa town.
It is famous for the curative properties of its spa treatments which we will have the opportunity to enjoy.
It is also at the heart of the Alvarinho wine region regarded as the very finest of all Vinho Verde wines.