Top things to do in Ponte de Lima

Top Choice Portuguese in Ponte de Lima

A Carvalheira

For superb food and an excellent wine list, head for this charming stone-walled restaurant in pretty countryside 5km southeast of town. Order ahead if you want the regional favourite – arroz de sarrabulho (stewed ri…
Top Choice Landmark in Ponte de Lima

Ponte Medieval

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…
Chapel in Ponte de Lima

Capela de Santo Ovídio

For panoramic views up and down the Lima valley, climb 6km into the hills northwest of Ponte de Lima to this tiny, bizarre chapel dedicated to Santo Ovídio, patron saint of ears. Yes, you read that right. The interi…
Gardens in Ponte de Lima

Parque Temático do Arnado

West of the river, this small, intriguing green space with rose bushes and lemon-filled trellises next to a public swimming pool is notable for its annual Festival Internacional de Jardins, a competition in which 12…
Portuguese in Ponte de Lima


A great option right on the riverfront in Arcozelo, a short walk from town, this boat-themed upstairs restaurant clad in wood serves tasty posta à Açude (veal steak) and great lagareiro octopus (with potatoes, garli…
Wine Bar in Ponte de Lima

Arte e Baco

This black-floored, chalkboard-walled lounge features rotating art exhibitions, the finest wine from the Minho (mostly vinho verde) and Douro, fine cigars, better port and occasional live music.
Cultural in Ponte de Lima

Festival Internacional de Jardins

In this annual competition, a dozen artists create temporary gardens built around a theme. The winning garden is chosen in October and remains rooted for the year.
Bar in Ponte de Lima

Chusso Bar

Beloved for its prime people-watching terrace, perched above bustling Rua Formosa, this former umbrella factory also hosts occasional live music.
Cultural in Ponte de Lima

Vaca das Cordas & Corpus Christi

The ninth Friday after Easter is the date for a tradition that probably dates back at least to Roman times and possibly has Phoenician origins. It features a kind of bull-running in which young men goad a hapless bu…