Map of the Minho Region of Portugal
The northwestern corner of Portugal has historically been called the Minho. It’s a green region that includes the first capital of Portugal, Guimarães.
The cities on the map are the top cities to visit in the Minho. The green dots indicate cities with regional rail stations, the orange dots indicate cities with high speed rail service. Ponte de Lima can be reached by bus from Porto and other cities.
Minho Cities to Visit
Braga is the current capital of the region, a baroque city. Outside Braga is the most photographed site in Portugal, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary, a traditional pilgrimage site in Portugal. (Braga Hotels)
Guimarães – A medieval World Heritage site with Celtic roots. (Guimarães Hotels)
Viana Do Castelo offers legant architecture including many churches, the unique Geraz do Lima Horse-Drawn Carriage Museum (Viana Do Castelo Hotels)
Barcelos – One of Europe’s largest open air markets is found in Barcelos, and the open air Archaeological museum is a must-see. Buy your pottery here. (Bercelos Hotels)
Ponte de Lima is named after a Roman bridge over the river, modified in medieval times. The town is on the Caminhos do Minho, the Minho’s pilgrimage trail to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. (Ponte de Lima Hotels)
Vino Verde Wine
One thing the Minho region is famous for is the Vinho Verde wine. The towns of Monção and Melgaço produce the most renowned type of Vinho Verde, called Alvarinho.