Welcome to Valença do Minho
Valença do Minho (Valença) sits just a cannonball shot from Spain, and its impressive pair of citadels long served as the Minho’s first line of defence against Spanish aggression. But history insists on repeating itself and these days the town is regularly overrun by Spanish hordes in search of bargain-priced Portuguese sheets and towels.
Walking tourism is also big in Valença. This is the spot where the Caminho Português (the Portuguese branch of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route) crosses into Spain for the final approach to Santiago de Compostela. You'll see plenty of backpackers following the scallop shell symbols throughout town.