Vilar de Mouros
Not far from Caminha, in the northwest of Portugal, Vilar de Mouros is now known by its Music Festival with the same name. It’s also a nature secret where the river gathers emotions. In the summer the river invites for refreshing baths, water sports or nature discovering on its margins.
The beautuful Minho valley follows the course of the river Minho from Melgaço, where the river enters Portugal, to the estuary in Caminha.
The beauty of the Minho valley cannot be described it must be experienced first hand! Neighbouring Galicia (Spain) beckons to us over the waters of the Minho, but the road leads to Caminha.
The riches of this town are not restricted to the landscape; its amazing monuments help us understand this little medieval town. Its delights are not limited to the town itself. Its heritage can be found throughout the municipality, from the plateau of Argas, to the beach of Vila Praia de Âncora and the pre-historic dolmen of Barrosa, not forgetting of course the famous beach of Moledo, the ancient fort of Insua and the crystalline waters of Vilar de Mouros and its beautiful Romanesque bridge.
Paredes de Coura
Following upstream, you will find Paredes de Coura, another Portuguese traditional village of the Minho valley. It’s a small village surrounded and sheltered by hills, moulded by the Coura valley and intersected by a thousand streams.
Vila Nova de Cerveira
Vila Nova de Cerveira emerges on the green banks of the Minho river. It is known by a Biennial of Arts where artists from all over Portugal and the World meet to share their art. The town itself is an open air museum, and some artists chose to stay and live in this beautiful place.