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The Vale do Minho (Minho River Valley), presents an excellent strategic position between two major metropolitan areas. The location of the region in the border area, in an intermediate position in the axis Oporto  – Braga – Galicia, means a potential market of about 7 million people that must and can be exploited as a major source of tourists. The national tourist market is the main source of tourism revenue in rural areas, and the Galician represent the main market foreign issuer.

The whole of the Vale do Minho presents a remarkable network accessibility (motorways – A3 and A28), which put this territory in a very short time in the different aforementioned metropolitan areas. In less than one hour it is possible that these seven million people visit our country, using excellent highways.

Monção

The municipality of Monção is located in the Alto Minho province, with 211.51 km2 and 19,408 inhabitants (2009), divided into 33 parishes. The municipality is bordered to the north by Spain to the east by the municipality of Melgaço, to the south by Arcos de Valdevez to the southwest by Paredes de Coura and west of Valença. The highest point of the county is at the top of S. António de Vale dos Poldros, with 1114 meters of altitude, in the parish of Riba de Mouro.

Monção is a rural municipality whose main economic activity is based on a traditional farming of high quality. The agriculture practiced here is essentially of subsistence, facing the family self consumption. The only agricultural products traded with the outside, are in the mountain, products from the extensive livestock indigenous breeds, and in the valley, the Vinho Verde. The farms are of small size and fragmented in a large number of blocks, arranged in terraces.

It is a territory of outstanding heritage, magnificent scenery and rugged terrain, presenting an enormous potential for the development of active tourism, nature tourism, due to the existence of exceptional natural conditions, the proximity to the Peneda Geres National Park, the existence of a river to the size and importance of the Minho River and its numerous tributaries of the mountains, the “Brandas”, of a unique heritage and exquisite cuisine.

Melgaço

Melgaço, municipality situated in the far north-west of Portugal, is a territory where one breathes quality of life. Its territory is divided into two zones differently charming: the riverfront and the mountain, forming a harmonious whole.

Historically and culturally rich, Melgaço represents, in a genuine way, the human presence that crosses all ages, from prehistory to modern times. Monuments, bridges, churches, “Brandas”, mills, community ovens, threshing floors, watercourses and various architectural testimonies dot the landscape, testimony to the historical and cultural legacy of this region.

Naturally charming, Melgaço has superb landscapes, places waiting to be discovered, where the action of man has yet to leave negative marks. The quality of natural resources offers the visitor an intimate contact with nature, which may occur through the numerous entertainment activities that several agents provide or, in a more private way, through the personal experience that everyone can get by a quiet stroll through the different landscapes, that make it unique and authentic this picturesque village of Minho. All this cultural richness can be witnessed and enjoyed by enviable network of museums and spaces dedicated to the culture that has Melgaço, without forgetting the megalithic culture, present above all in Castro Laboreiro. Gastronomically tasty, Melgaço is also a must for connoisseurs and gastronomic experts.

Arcos de Valdevez

Arcos de Valdevez retains all the characteristic charm of this region: green landscape, abundant fresh, sunny architecture and a river that reflects all the vanity of a loaded town of history: the Vez river.

The natural advantages of an amazing geographical variety municipality, made of Arcos de Valdevez a destination of choice, offering an example of harmony between the protected natural area and the everyday life of the people who occupy these lands. Integrated in the mountainous complex of the Peneda Geres National Park, the county has a diverse and interesting Natural Heritage, across multiple areas of irrigated and fertile land provided by the river as well as the existence of large natural amphitheater, opposing mountain and plain areas.

With its legendary village with over 9 centuries of history, Arcos de Valdevez holds an endless number of historical and ethnological monuments, which allow the visitor a unique experience. This vast and rich panorama compose the Architectural Heritage and Cultural History, where the very sobriety of the mountains and valleys is allied to the beauty of the most diverse art forms. Castles, churches, towers, bridges, chapels and traces of ancient civilizations, everything here can be discovered. In the village, a circuit in the historical center, that includes some of the greatest jewels of the National Baroque patents in the Church of the Holy Spirit, Mother Church or in Lapa Church, as well as buildings of architectural interest. In the county is mandatory to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Peneda (Senhora da Peneda), to Soajo, to Ermelo, but also to the beautiful mountainous landscapes with contrasting valleys and small traditional villages.

Arcos de Valdevez is tradition. To all this is added a memory that insists on saving the folk traditions of Festivals and Fairs, Folklore, Crafts and a gastronomy considered a true wonder of flavors accompanied by the Vinho Verde. Arcos de Valdevez offers all the charms of the villages along the waterfront, and everywhere is the legacy of an ancient memory coupled to the preservation of traditional values, innovation and dynamism.