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Palace in Monção

Palácio da Brejoeira

On the N101 towards Arcos de Valdevez, this grand neoclassical palace built in the early 19th century has been open to the public since 2010, even though the current owner, a 95-year-old heir, still lives inside. Vi…
Area in Monção

Old Monção

The best part of Monção’s old town is the utter lack of tourism. It’s almost exclusively a local scene in chestnut-shaded Praça Deu-la-Deu, where a hand-on-breast statue of its namesake tops a fountain and looks hun…
Cafe in Monção

Bard Rock Cafe

Right on the ramparts is this two-floor music-themed cafe-bar with a few plastic chairs outside taking in views of Spain out across the river. Snacks like sandwiches, burgers and francesinhas (overstuffed sandwiches…
Portuguese in Monção

Cabral

Cabral grills fresh fish and also does a tasty arroz de marisco (rice and seafood stew). It’s all served in an attractive stone-walled dining room, almost always packed at lunch, down a narrow lane from Praça Deu-la…
Portuguese in Monção

Sete á Sete

At the entrance to the old centre, this stone-walled dining room serves top-notch Minho specialities made with the finest, freshest ingredients, such as the seasonal river eel and cabrito (kid).
Religious in Monção

Festa do Corpo de Deus

The town’s biggest party is held on Corpus Christi, the eighth Thursday after Easter. Events include a religious procession and medieval fair, with a re-enactment of St George battling the dragon.
Cultural in Monção

Feira do Alvarinho

The self-described cradle of Alvarinho, Monção hosts a three-day fair in honour of its wine in the first weekend of July. It features music, folk dancing and much eating and drinking.
Cafe in Monção

Lés-a-Lés

A lovely new cafe-bar on the main square, with globally inspired finger food (snacks €3 to €7) and a cosy vibe for a drink at night.
Cafe in Monção

Escondinho

Monção’s best pastry shop has tempting fresh-baked goods with outdoor tables overlooking the plaza.
Religious in Monção

Festa da Nossa Senhora das Dores

A big five-day celebration in the third week of August, headed by a pious procession.