Named after the bridge that leads to the town over the River Lima, Ponte de Lima is a small, rural destination located slightly inland on Portugal’s stunning Costa Verde. Old streets, lined with elegant buildings and architectural gems, lead to a central square where you can enjoy a cup of coffee or glass of wine in one of the cafés that spill out on to the pavement. Not only one of the prettiest towns in the north, Ponte de Lima is also famed for the hospitality of its people, good food, locally produced Vinho Verde and more recently the addition of an 18 hole golf course.
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Enjoy some locally caught fish in the Costa Verde with plenty of supplies coming from the local fisherman, taste the fish grilled and freshly made with an array of different rices and vegetable sides. Most local restaurants serve both fish or meat platters, enough to keep all the family happy. Wash all these yummy delights down with some Vinho Verde or port which is specialist to the region.
The historic town of Ponte de Lima has many relaxed cafes, excellent restaurants and a few laid back bars gracing its quaint streets and interesting squares, ideal for spending evenings sampling local dishes and wine.
The actual 'Ponte de Lima', the bridge across the river Lima dates back to Roman times, and is an impressive sight to visit. Today, however, only the short 3-arched segment on the north bank remains of the Roman bridge, as the biggest part had to be rebuilt in the 14th century.
If you are a football fan, why not visit the home stadium of FC Porto, the Dragao Stadium, with guided tours usually available a few times a day.
Viano do Castelo
Just 30 minutes from Ponte de Lima, known as the jewel of the Costa Verde, the city of Viano do Castelo is blessed with an appealing medieval centre, and being situated by the Rio Lima estuary means that there are some lovely beaches just outside of the city.
Ponte de Lima is located just a 40 minute drive from Caminha; a pretty market town bordering the River Minho, here you will find picturesque cobbled streets dotted with delightful cafes and restaurants, as well as a popular beach. Caminha sits just a 30 minute ferry journey or a 20 minute drive from the Spanish border, so why not spend the day experiencing the diverse culture of Spain.
Around an hours’ drive from Ponte de Lim, the colourful city of Porto is the second largest in Portugal, adorned with medieval relics, tall bell towers and baroque churches, this fascinating city is well worth a day visit during your stay. The birthplace of port, Porto has been a long standing mecca for wine enthusiasts, with many wine caves open for tastings. The historic centre, a Unesco World Heritage Site attracts many, with locals mingling on village style plazas lined with old storefronts.
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