Cities that are worth a visit
Ponte de Lima: dining, market, gardens
Viana do Castelo: shopping, beach
Braga: shopping, Bom Jesus, Cathedral (Sé)
Guimarães: beautiful medieval town with castle
Barcelos: market every Thursday
Porto: culture, port tasting
Valenca: beautiful fortified town, popular with Spaniards because of the linen
Vigo (Spain): restaurants (seafood and fish), shopping
On Mondays every other week there’s a market in Ponte de Lima, look below for the schedule. A visit to the oldest market in the country (1125) is definitely worth your while.
Every Thursday there is a market in Barcelos. Here are basically the same vendors as in the Ponte de Lima market.
On Mondays when there is market in Ponte de Lima, there is market on Wednesday in Ponte da Barca. On the other Wednesdays there is market in Arcos de Valdevez.
Citânia de Briteiros (Guimarães)
Between Guimarães and Braga at the N309 you find the archaeological excavation of a settlement from the Bronze Age that peaked in the second century BC. Catalogue available at the quinta. Ask Stephan or Marcel.
Palácio da Brejoeira
On the N101, near Monção, you find one of the most magnificent palaces from the Minho region, also produces actually the best Alvarinho (for sale at the palace against reduced prices). The palace, gardens and chapel are open for visitors. Admission (guided tour) is € 5,-.
Santuário da Nossa Senhora da Peneda
A dramatically beautiful beautiful journey through the Peneda do Gerês takes you to the hidden sanctuary of the 19th century, which was established to honor the appearance of Nossa Senhora da Peneda. The sanctuary consists of a church, and 20 chapels depicting the life of Jesus (Gavieira – Arcos de Valdevez).