Old towns in northern Portugal


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Old towns in northern Portugal - the amazing Minho region (from Porto)

This tour will take you on a journey to the amazing medieval northernmost cities of Portugal.

We start by visiting the historic center of Viana do Castelo, one of the best-preserved historic compounds in Portugal. Next we go uphill to the Santa Luzia shrine with a breathtaking panoramic view of the city. We continue our journey visiting Caminha, a historic city at the mouth of the Minho river on the border with Spain.

Valenca is one of the most important military fortifications in Europe. Here we will have a stroll along the wall that completely surrounds the ancient medieval city. It’s many shops for clothing, linens, handicrafts, attract many visitors from neighboring Spain. Our next destination is Moncao, the homeland of Vinho Verde. At Quinta da Brejoeira you can taste this unique wine and visit the palace. Then we arrive at the Peneda-Geres National Park with its lush vegetation. We stop at beautiful Arcos de Valdevez, a town where one of the most decisive battles took place between the recently born nation of Portugal and the mighty Castile.

Afterwards we head to the oldest village in Portugal, Ponte de Lima, where we will visit the 15th-century mother church and the famous Roman bridge that crosses the Lima river.

Let us drive you in the comfort of a Mercedes-Benz vehicle, with AC and WiFi, and be escorted by one of our certified professional driver-guides.

  Total Cost in : Euros
1Person:      300
2People:     320€         (160€ per person)
3People:     350€         (117€ per person)
4People:     380€         (95€ per person)
5People:     400€         (80€ per person)
6People:     440€         (74€ per person)
7People:     480€         (69€ per person)
8People:     500€         (63€ per person)
9 or more passengers please contact us:  info.premiere.tours@gmail.com

Tour type

Private and exclusive

Tour availability



Up to 8 hours

Suggested Departure Time

9:00 AM

Departure & Return Location

Place designated by you in accordance with Premiere Tours


  • High comfort Mercedes Benz vehicles
  • Certified professional driver-guide
  • WiFi and bottled waters on board
  • Accident and liability insurance
  • All taxes included

Not included

  • Entrance tickets
  • Clients meals and lodging


Minho is the northernmost province of Portugal. It is the area where Portugal was born as a nation. Minho has a very rich history and culture and it is one of the most beautiful regions in the country. It is painted with fields of emerald green cut through by mountains and valleys and crossed by rivers that carve their way to the Atlantic Ocean. Minho is also known for its rich and abundant cuisine with an enormous variety of traditional dishes. This is the region where the renowned “Vinho Verde”, a Portuguese white wine, originated from. Guimaraes and Braga are the two capitals of the Minho region.

Viana do Castelo

Visit to the historic center and monuments of one of the best-preserved old cities in Portugal. We will drive up to the hill of Santa Luzia to visit the neo-Byzantine sacred temple of “Sagrado Coraçao de Jesus” (Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral). Breathtaking views of the city from above.


The fortress of Valença stands out as one of the most important military constructions in all of Europe. It completely surrounds this ancient medieval town and used to protect this strategic area of Portugal from Spanish army invasions. Nowadays, it is a tourist attraction visited by many, especially by Spaniards from the province of Galicia who still maintain a strong bond with this Portuguese region. Leisure time to walk inside the town walls and admire the local crafts.


Monçao is a city on the border with Spain. It is located on the left bank of the Minho River which divides the two countries. We will visit the historic center and the 12th-century matrix church. The famous “Vinho Verde” (green wine) is the ex libris of the region of Minho. In ” Palacio da Brejoeira” (Optional) you will have the opportunity to taste this unique kind of wine in the world.

Arcos de Valdevez

The enchanting town of Arcos de Valdevez is located in the National Park of Peneda-Geres wrapped by mountains and lush vegetation, dominated by the Vez River which brings all of its dynamics and natural beauty to this unique village. You can breath tradition and history in this place. One of the most decisive battles for the independence of Portugal as a nation took place here: “O Recontro de Valdevez” or the Battle of Valdevez.

Ponte Lima

Ponte de Lima is the oldest town in Portugal, founded in 1125 by Dona Teresa, mother of the first Portuguese king, Afonso Henriques. We will visit the 15th-century matrix church located and the famous Roman bridge that crosses the Lima River, hence the name of this town (Ponte de Lima).

Old towns in northern Portugal
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A private tour with an accredited professional driver-guide, exclusively at your disposal, who will accompany you on visits to monuments and other places of interest whenever possible, (in certain areas of the city, car parking is not available or not allowed in which case the driver-guide will drop you off and schedule a time with you for pick-up, back at the same place of drop-off).

The start and ending of the tour will always be at a place designated by you, in accordance to the agreement previously established between you and Premiere Tours .

This tour is completely personalized. If you wish to change our suggestions of places to visit with others chosen by you, we will gladly do our best to accommodate your choices or options.

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