Top things to do in The Minho

Top Choice Cathedral in Braga

Braga’s extraordinary cathedral, the oldest in Portugal, was begun when the archdiocese was restored in 1070 and completed in the following century. It’s a rambling complex made up of differing styles, and architect…
Top Choice Market in Barcelos

Feira de Barcelos

The largest, oldest and most celebrated of the Minho's markets is the Feira de Barcelos, held every Thursday in Barcelos on the banks of Rio Cávado. Despite attracting travellers, the market retains its rural soul. …
Top Choice Portuguese in Campo do Gerês

O Abocanhado

With its stunning panoramic terrace high above the Rio Homem, this gorgeously situated restaurant is a temple to the finest ingredients that the surrounding countryside has to offer, including javali (wild boar), ve…
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 Tapas in Guimarães

Résvés

The upstairs restaurant and the downstairs bar are equally inviting at this newcomer opposite one of Guimarães prettiest squares. Feast on tapas or grilled meat on the 1st-floor terrace or sip drinks in the grassy b…
Top Choice Gastronomy in Guimarães

A Cozinha

Awarded a Michelin star in November 2018 after only two years in business, António Loureiro's intimate restaurant is Guimarães' newest go-to address. The parade of artfully presented amuse-bouches, market-fresh main…
Top Choice Fusion in Braga

Casa de Pasto das Carvalheiras

This colourful eatery with a long bar serves up delectable, weekly changing pratinhos (small plates), from codfish confit with bok choy and noodles, to mushrooms with creamy polenta, to tasty cakes of alheira (a lig…
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…
Top Choice Christian Site in Braga

Escadaria do Bom Jesus do Monte

Climbing dramatically to the hilltop pilgrimage site of Bom Jesus do Monte, 5km east of Braga, is this extraordinary staircase, with allegorical fountains, chapels and a superb view. City bus 2 runs frequently from …
Top Choice Portuguese in Viana do Castelo

O Marquês

A tremendous backstreet find, this place is absolutely jammed with locals for the platos do dia (daily specials; €6). Think baked cod with white beans or roasted turkey leg with potatoes and salad. It’s a friendly, …