Caminha is the northernmost town on the Portuguese coast, after which the road and railway from Porto both follow up the Minho frontier river. It occupies a small peninsula at the confluence of the Minho and the Coura, 2 km from the sea.


The town’s main square is very attractive, with a lovely renaissance fountain of 1553 and a clock topping a medieval tower. The town also has a grand Late-Gothic parish church in granite, with Manuelino and Renaissance elements; in the interior, the wooden ceiling is a major work of the 16th century showing mauresque and even Indian influences. Remains of medieval fortifications, later expanded, still remain.

The Atlantic beaches in the area are wide and have good sand but tend to be windy for part of the day, the Moledo beach attracts surfers.

South of the Coura the small granitic range (Serra) of Arga (823 m) provides ample opportunities for hiking, cyclocross and canyoning. In the wooded northern slopes is the small monastery of S. Joao de Arga (popular place for picnics, camping and exploring peaks and streams; also venue for a religious festival) and the village of Castanheira (scenic terraced fields and natural pools).