Attractions

Gardens in Ponte de Lima

Parque Temático do Arnado

Green space is abundant in Ponte de Lima, but this small, intriguing garden with rose bushes and lemon-filled trellises next to a public swimming pool on the west side of the river is notable because each May it hos…
Landmark in Ponte de Lima

Ponte Romana

The city’s pièce de résistance, this elegant 31-arched bridge across the Rio Lima is now limited to foot traffic. Most of it dates from the 14th century, though the segment on the north bank by the village of Arcoze…
Museum in Ponte de Lima

Museu do Brinquedo Português

In a gorgeous red mansion right after the Roman bridge in Arcozelo is this museum dedicated to Portuguese toys. The focus is on toys made from the late 19th century through to 1986. Displays in different rooms inclu…
Tower in Ponte de Lima

Torre de São Paulo

Along with the Torre da Cadeia Velha, this tower constitutes the only standing remains of Ponte de Lima's medieval walls. Note the somewhat bizarre azulejo image on its front wall, entitled Cabras são Senhor! (They’…
Museum in Ponte de Lima

Museu dos Terceiros

Downriver, the 18th-century Igreja de São Francisco dos Terceiros is now a rambling museum full of ecclesiastical and folk treasures, although the highlight is the church itself, with its gilded baroque interior. Th…
Nature Reserve in Ponte de Lima

Lagoas de Bertiandos e São Pedro de Arcos

This 350-hectare nature reserve is set in a wildlife-rich humid zone just north of the Rio Lima. There’s a wildlife interpretation centre and eight hiking trails, ranging from an easy lakeside loop (1.6km) to a long…
Tower in Ponte de Lima

Torre da Cadeia Velha

Two crenellated towers (part of the fortifications made in the 14th century) face the river at the end of Rua Cardeal Saraiva. The Torre da Cadeia Velha now houses temporary art exhibitions and the turismo, plus a h…
Landmark in Ponte de Lima

Town Walls

Fragments of the town walls survive behind and between the Torre da Cadeia Velha and the Torre de São Paulo (part of the fortifications made in the 14th century).
Church in Ponte de Lima

Igreja Matriz

Behind Torre de São Paulo is the rather staid, mostly 15th-century igreja matriz (parish church), sporting a pretty Romanesque doorway.