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Top Choice Portuguese in Campo do Gerês

O Abocanhado

This beautifully situated restaurant is a temple to the finest ingredients that the surrounding countryside has to offer, including javali (wild boar), veado (venison) and coelho (rabbit), as well as beef and goat r…
Portuguese in Serra do Soajo

Casa do Videira

Locals rave about Videira’s authentic regional smoked meats and sausage and the homemade mainstays. The shady, arched patio of this family-run tavern is outfitted with sturdy, polished wooden tables. Most of the por…
Bar in Parque Nacional da Peneda-Gerês

Taberna Terra Celta

Don't miss Taberna Terra Celta on the main village square, in an old wooden and stone home with an upstairs fireplace. On weekends it serves fumeiro (smoked meats), soups and salads; it's also a great stop for a dri…
Museum in Campo do Gerês

Museu Etnográfico

The village of Vilarinho das Furnas was for centuries a remarkably democratic and fiercely independent village, with a well-organised system of shared property and decision-making. But the entire town was submerged …
Portuguese in Cabril

Restaurante Ponte Nova

At a picturesque spot next to the bridge, this place does good river trout and, if you order ahead, cabrito or javali assada (roast wild boar). There’s an outdoor deck right over the water that makes a great destina…
Museum in Montalegre

Barroso Eco Museu

Next to Montalegre's castle, this museum hosts exhibits that showcase regional history, rural traditions and folklore. There are also exhibits highlighting local flora and fauna, and a gallery rotating contemporary …
Portuguese in Vila do Gerês

Lurdes Capela

Family owned and operated, and almost always packed. Expect top-end service and even better food. We’re talking massive fresh-fish platters with buttered potatoes and vegetables, fluffy, savoury omelettes and all th…
Portuguese in Montalegre

Tasca do Açougue

In a charming stone cottage just below the castle, Tasca do Açougue serves tasty Iberian tapas dishes, including grilled octopus and smoked meats, as well as heartier plates. It’s a lively place for a drink in the e…
Portuguese in Serra do Soajo

Espigueiro de Soajo

This modern place serving terrific Minho meat has outdoor seating on a vine-covered terrace. Management is English-speaking (local by way of Boston) and very friendly. It’s about 200m north of Soajo's centre on the …
Portuguese in Serra do Soajo

Saber ao Borralho

This handsomely set place features excellent local dishes like the Minho barrosã steak as well as three codfish dishes and a tempting dessert counter. Village house rentals are available here (€50 per night).