Top things to do in Monção

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…
Palace in Monção

Palácio da Brejoeira

On the N101, 5km south of Monção, this grand early 19th-century neoclassical palace has been open to the public since 2010. Visits are by guided tour only. Most interesting is the 45-minute palace tour, which runs e…
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 foda à Monção (local lamb roasted in the wood oven) and the se…
Cafe in Monção


This whimsical, travel-themed cafe-bar, with globally inspired finger food and an airport-style Arrivals board for its international mixed drinks, makes a cosy stop day or night.
Burgers in Monção


This corner gastrobar near the ramparts' edge has sidewalk seating with views towards Monção's main square and Spain. Burgers are the speciality, but it's also good for snacks, beers and cocktails any time of day. F…
Museum in Monção

Museu Alvarinho

This spiffy new museum in a beautiful old stone building on Monção's main square chronicles the history and production of Alvarinho wine through photos and Portuguese-only displays. Regardless of your language skill…
Portuguese in Monção


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…
Cultural in Monção

Feira do Alvarinho

The self-described cradle of Alvarinho, Monção hosts a three-day weekend festival honouring its wine in late June or early July. Highlights include music, folk dancing and much eating and drinking.
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.
Cafe in Monção


Monção’s best pastry shop has tempting freshly baked goods with outdoor tables overlooking the plaza.