Mosteiro de Crasto near Ponte da Barca, Lima Valley, Minho, Portugal

Portugal’s Lima valley is so beautiful you hardly need an excuse to visit. The verdant landscape, abundant history and architecture, not to mention the local vinho verde (young wine) are reasons enough for spending as much time as possible in this part of northern Portugal. The main aim of my most recent trip, however,Read More →

Views of Spain across the River Minho

Melgaço town council have created a 5.7 km / 3.5 mile walking route that starts in the town centre and follows the River Minho through a forest and then small villages to the thermal spa at Peso. I only had a day to explore Melgaço but that gave me enoughRead More →

Maria do Rosário Fernandes Pinto gives a warm welcome to guests at Casa da Calçada in Melgaço.

Like every Solar do Portugal, Casa da Calçada is unique, and rather special. The 17th century farmhouse is known in the village of Melgaço as “The White House” but this has nothing to do with presidential aspirations. It’s because the curved terracotta roof tiles are painted white. “My mother-in-law told meRead More →

Barcelos lit up for the Festa das Cruzes

Winning a night’s accommodation encouraged me to find out what there is to see and do in Barcelos. This small city in northern Portugal is famous for the cockerel legend that lies behind the painted souvenir cockerels. Judging by the number of giant cockerels dotted around the place, this is still its main claimRead More →