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Portugal Hideaways: Ponte de Lima

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Come and visit Ponte de Lima, a Portuguese village in the district of Viana do Castelo, in the North region

The Roman bridge that crosses the Lima River in this place gave origin to the name of this old village. The first charter was granted to him in 1125 by D. Teresa, the mother of the first King of Portugal, even before the foundation of the kingdom.

In the center of a rich agricultural region, where the famous Vinho Verde is produced, its heritage includes a large number of manor houses and mansions, many of which currently offer accommodation in the form of Residential Tourism.

This traditional village registers great animation on the sand of the banks of the river fortnightly when the original fair of the Middle Ages takes place, where another traditional event “A Vaca das Cordas” is also held in June. In September, the village registers great excitement with the holding of the Feiras Novas, the county festivals.

Ponte de Lima is one of the four municipalities that make up the Lima Valley. In this region, traveling the Rota dos Gigantes is a way to get to know the places where four great historical figures were born that took Portugal to the four corners of the world.

Fernão de Magalhães, the Navigator, from Ponte da Barca, led the first circumnavigation trip proving that the Earth is round. In Ponte de Lima, Blessed Francisco Pacheco (The Saint) was born, Messenger of the Society of Jesus and one of the first Jesuit missionaries in Japan. João Alvares Fagundes (the Discoverer), from Viana do Castelo, explored and discovered Newfoundland in the North Atlantic, important cod fishing area. Originally from Arcos de Valdevez was Father Himalaya, the inventor, scientific scholar of renewable energies who represented Portugal at the Universal Exhibition in St. Louis, in the United States.

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