The Green Wine Route - South
This HappyPortugal gastronomic and wine program through TravelTailors, publishes the second most exclusively Portuguese wine in the world: vinho verde. It also promotes the discovery of the tasty minhota gastronomy and the rich heritage and landscape, with lots, palaces and the typical hanged vineyard.
DAY 1: PORTO-GUIMARÃES
Arrival in Porto.
Porto is a charming city, situated on the slopes of the Douro River and close to its mouth. Classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO thanks to its beautiful monuments and historic buildings, such as the imposing Cathedral or the Clérigos Tower, Porto is Portugal's second largest city and boasts superb views over the river and the world-famous Port Wine Cellars , On the opposite bank, in Vila Nova de Gaia.
The city offers a harmonious synthesis of ancient and contemporary attractions. Perched on top of hills and clinging to cliffs, Porto's attractive buildings, bridges and lamps keep the Douro River for centuries. Fiercely proud of their heritage, the citizens of this merchant city invested their blood and sweat in trade and wine. Porto is a city ready to work and fun.
Nightclubs and restaurants mingle with cathedrals, churches and museums in narrow alleys and wide avenues. There are many cafes scattered throughout the city, where you can relax after climbing the numerous hills of Porto. On the roofs there are red tile and on the facades, often tiles. The city of Porto is very compact, which is great for making explorations on foot, as long as you do not mind making an effort on the climbs.
Until 18h30: Visits and tests in the Port Wine Cellars.
Port wine is a world-famous liqueur wine, produced exclusively from grapes from the Douro region, about 100 km east of Porto. The wine took its name from the port, but it is on the opposite bank of the Douro, in Gaia, that the fifteen cellars, larger temples of this nectar, are installed. The visit includes proofs of different varieties.
Trip to Guimarães.
The picturesque city of Guimarães is one of the most important historical destinations in the country, classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. It is called the Cradle of Portuguese Nationality because D. Afonso Henriques, the first king of Portugal, chose this ancient Roman city as the capital of the Kingdom of Portugal after its victory in the Battle of São Mamede in 1128. Guimarães is a fascinating place to visit, with its proud Castle, the Palace of the Dukes of Bragança and the well preserved medieval quarter.
From 20h30: Suggestion to dine in an author's restaurant in Guimarães.
Situated in the vicinity of Guimarães, the restaurant chosen by TravelTailors offers dishes (especially those of game) made with high quality ingredients. It offers a spacious and comfortable room, overlooking a valley, whose green is summoned to the interior of the space by the large windows that open to it. It is dedicated to regional cuisine, but the modern and cosmopolitan space contrasts harmoniously with the traditional soul of gastronomy.
This is a good time to try out your first GREEN WINE. Vinho Verde is unique in the world; Naturally light and fresh, is produced in the Demarcated Region of Vinhos Verdes, in northwestern Portugal, a geographically well-located coastal region for the production of excellent white wines. Cradle of the charismatic variety Alvarinho and producer of unique batch wines, the Green Wine Region celebrated the centennial of its demarcation in 2008. With a low alcoholic content and therefore less caloric, Vinho Verde is a fruity wine, easy to drink, great as an aperitif or in harmony with light and balanced meals: Salads, fish, seafood, white meats, tapas, sushi, sashimi And other international dishes.
Accommodation in the hotel of the selected category.
DAY 2: GUIMARÃES - BRAGA - PONTE DE LIMA - MONÇÃO - VALENCIA
Trip to Braga.
Braga is located in the heart of the green Minho region, in the Northwest of Portugal, surrounded by a landscape of rolling hills and forests. The city, one of Portugal's largest religious centers, is renowned for its Baroque churches, splendid 18th century manor houses and beautiful parks and gardens. The Old Town is solemn, although industry and commerce have given rise to a modern lifestyle, complemented by local universities, contemporary restaurants and lively bars.
The history of the city is reflected in the countless churches and monuments, among which stand out the imposing Cathedral and the Church of Santa Cruz, dating from the seventeenth century. On a hill about 5 km to the southeast stands the Sanctuary of Bom Jesus do Monte, an important place of pilgrimage. Behind it stands Mount Sameiro, where a colossal statue of Our Lady watches the city. On the outskirts of Braga you will find Citânia de Briteiros, an impressive archeological site of the Iron Age.
Trip to Ponte de Lima.
In the center of a rich agricultural region, where the famous Vinho Verde is produced, its patrimony integrates a great number of manors and palatial houses. This traditional village registers fortnightly great animation in the sand of the banks of the river, when it is realized the fair, originating of Average Age.
From 12h30: Suggestion for lunch at a traditional Portuguese restaurant in Ponte de Lima.
The granite walls of this TravelTailors offer a quality cuisine, a true gastronomic temple. The senses warm up with the arrival of the entrances, especially the fried fish and the sausages of Ponte de Lima. On cold days, the fireplace is almost inspiring and foreboding of various specialties that make diners delight. Namely, the kid roasted in the oven, the sarrabulho to the minhota and the divine cod with broa. The wine list, priced wisely and well supplied with greens, enhances the list of delicacies, which ends with the already distinguished pear borrachona.
Trip to Monção (Optional: via Arcos de Valdevez and Ponte da Barca).
Located in a valley crossed by the Rio Vez, Arcos de Valdevez retains all the charm that characterizes the Alto Minho, with green landscapes and a traditional architecture in which stand out the sunny houses. In Ponte da Barca, the historical center of the village with its sunny houses (some of which are adapted to housing tourism) and beautiful monuments from the 16th and 18th centuries, deserve a careful visit, as well as its surroundings, which include the Romanesque Church of Bravães and The Lindoso Castle that played an important role in the defense of the region. Ponte da Barca is part of the Demarcada dos Vinhos Verdes region. Part of the county is inserted in the Peneda Gerês National Park, which offers excellent for sports and leisure activities.
Visit to Brejoeira Palace, near Monção (until 17h30).
Located at 6km from Monção, PALACE OF BREJOEIRA, built in the early 19th century, is a fine example of the noble houses of the Minho. Surrounded by leafy woods and gardens, its moth is attributed to Carlos Amarante who, in a way, tried to create a replica of Ajuda National Palace. In neoclassical style, it has four facades limited by four turrets and inside are rich halls with paintings and frescoes, as well as a beautiful chapel. In the farm that surrounds the palace produces the Alvarinho wine, which is bottled here with the seal of guarantee of Quinta da Brejoeira and that can prove.
Monção is leaning over the Minho River, with its pleasant terraces and viewpoints, like the Neris' esplanade, its sixteenth-century walls guard the historic center, where the monuments of the Mother Church, the Misericórdia Church and the Church of Santo António dos Capuchos Have a prominent place. In its exterior, the Caldas de Monção complement a city visit, with its therapeutic waters.
Suggestion: Visit to the Monção cooperative winery.
Located in the northernmost part of the Vinho Verde Region, the Monção Regional Cooperative Winery was founded in 1958. The geological structure of the land, the microclimate and the typicity of the red and white grape varieties, together with the modernization of its equipment and wine technology, with emphasis on the temperature control of fermentation and stabilization, give its wines and spirits an unparalleled superior quality .
Trip to Valencia
Border town, located next to the River Minho, Valença is surrounded by walls and preserves the characteristics of a fortified city from the XVII-XVIII centuries. Its first name was "Contrasta", which meant a village opposite to another due to its location in front of the Galician city of Tui, on the other bank of the River Minho. Nowadays, it is a city with a flourishing commerce, in which the much sought after local handicraft products stand out.
From 20h30: Suggestion to dine in an author's restaurant in Valença.
To the north of the city of Valença, with its eyes set on the huge green minhoto, the choice of TravelTailors assumes more and more like a restaurant of reference in the national panorama. The ruins of an agricultural farm gave way to two event spaces and a dining room, decorated with simplicity and great taste, where huge windows illuminate even more the excellent service provided. In the kitchen, the Head Associates new culinary techniques with regional products, thus creating a differentiated menu that lives between tradition and modernity. It also has a wine list that reveals authentic treasures.
Accommodation in the hotel of the selected category.
DAY 3: VALENCIA - CAMINHA - VIANA DO CASTELO
Trip to Caminha.
A fortified border town at the mouth of the River Minho, it was the scene of several fights between Portugal and Spain, but nowadays the relations between the two countries are more friendly, a daily ferryboat joins the two banks of the river. In the middle of the estuary, on an islet, remains the ruins of the Ínsua Fort, built in the fifteenth century to defend the entrance of the bar.
From 12h30: Lunch suggestion at a traditional Portuguese food restaurant in Caminha.
The bet TravelTailors goes to a restaurant where the letters live with the flavors. The restaurant is a nook of stories. Enjoy the entrees, dominated by regional sausages. Arroz de Rbalo na Tio Maçarico and cod with broa are options in the fish, while in the meats are suggested shank with red beans and old-style duck rice. With a wine cellar to the height, one arrives at the epilogue, with a pie with sweet eggs.
Trip to Viana do Castelo.
Located next to the mouth of the Rio Lima, 65 km north of Porto, Viana do Castelo was founded in the 13th century by Afonso III, king of Portugal, under the name Viana da Foz do Lima. From Viana's shipyards ships and ships sailed to the Indian and Americas routes. Until the sixteenth century, the village was exclusive to the people, and nobility can be installed here. Finally opening the doors, Viana was enriched with emblazoned palaces, churches and convents, fountains and fountains that constitute a patrimonial heritage remarkable, worthy of visit. A beautiful, extroverted and lively city, Viana do Castelo has been able to conserve the richness of its popular traditions.
Starting with 20h30: Suggestion to dine at a traditional Portuguese food restaurant in Viana do Castelo.
A prestigious and award-winning restaurant with excellent local specialties, this TravelTailors choice offers a large and well-prepared cuisine, thus justifying its large number of customers. In the wine list, the green deserves prominence.
Accommodation in the hotel of the selected category.
DAY 4: VIANA DO CASTELO - DESTINATION CITY
Travel to the destination city.