Descubra o parque nacional da Peneda Gerês e experimente diferentes atividades em meio à natureza.
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Melgaço em breve
Nestled in the rolling hills of northern Portugal’s Minho region, Melgaço is a charming town with a rich past and remarkable natural beauty. Often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Minho’, it’s one of Portugal’s lesser-known villages – a true hidden gem.
The town may be small, but it holds a significant place in Portuguese history with it being the birthplace of Afonso Henriques – Portugal’s first king. Melgaço is also famed for its well-preserved architecture, like the 12th-century medieval castle.
Beyond its history and charm, Melgaço has a buzzing culinary scene and is known for traditional dishes that are unique to the region. It’s also famous for Alvarinho wine, considered one of the best white vinos in Portugal. Take a tour of the local vineyards, where you’ll learn about the wine-making process and enjoy a tasting. If you’re into the outdoors, you’ll be pleased to know that the town is in the midst of green hills and valleys – a picturesque backdrop for a leisurely stroll or a boat ride.
Top three things to do in Melgaço
Discover the ruins of Melgaço Castle
Perched on a hilltop and offering panoramic views of the town and the surrounding area, Melgaço Castle is a must-see. Learn all about its history on a guided tour, which includes a visit to the tower, the chapel and the museum.
Indulge in the local cuisine
Melgaço is renowned for its culinary scene, and where better to delve into it than at one of the town’s casual, family-run eateries known as ‘tasquinhas‘. Taste your way through local dishes such as ‘lampreia’ – a type of eel-like fish – and wash it down with Alvarinho wine.
Relish in the outdoors
Melgaço is bounded by picturesque natural landscapes, including the Peneda-Gerês National Park. You can hike through the park’s mountain trails, take a dip in the crystal-clear waters of the river Minho, or enjoy water sports like canoeing and kayaking.