Ponte de Lima

One of the oldest towns in Portugal, it was historically significant as a Roman settlement in the road from Braga to Compostela and Lugo, and the first place in Portugal getting a municipal chart. Every second Monday it holds one of the largest country markets in Portugal.


The attractive rural area around has the largest concentration of baroque manors in Portugal (Bertiandos, Brandara, Calheiros and Pomarchao are among the best known).

This is a beautiful town on a beautiful river, not far inland from Viana do Castelo and on two bus routes from there.