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Locality & Activities

Northern Portugal and the Minho region

The Rio Minho estuary, where Cerveira lies, is under consideration by Unesco to be identified as a world heritage site. The land and waters along the coast and river offers many pleasing views from both the Portuguese and Spanish sides.

Vila Nova de Cerveira

Vila Nova de Cerveira has a history going back at least until the 13th century when a castle was built over looking the strategic point along the rio minho opposite the galician territory. It's name comes from the deer ("cervo") populations of those days.

Vila Nova de Cerveira promotes itself as the Village of Arts - Vila d'Arte and hosts a bi-annual event in july where a variety of art forms are given encouragement and display. Including poetry, painting, sculpture, theater and music.
Vila Nova de Cerveira (wikipedia)

To quote a line from the Cerveira website, "We welcome you to a perfect symbiosis of nature combined with history, art, culture, and gastronomy."
Bienal de Cerveira  -  Vila Nova de Cerveira
Every summer the town has a medieval faire and a festa with live concerts and other events. During this time the village is decorated with designs and artwork created by people from the community.
For children the aqua park provides a sheltered area for them to indulge in water fun and games. Older kids and adults can rent bikes and kayaks on the waterfront. Olá Vida Adventures

Next to the Aqua-park is the Agua-museum of the river that holds an aquarium, otters and interesting artifacts and information of the rivers history and use over the centuries.

The Minho river is famous for many species of fish which frequent it during the year. The most well known being lamprey eels. At Christmas this is a local feast. Aguamuseu

For more leisurely activities the Eco-pista pedestrian and bike path provides beautiful scenery beside the river for many kilometers. There are more strenuous walks and hikes nearby as well.
Cerveira has a very good modern swimming pool. In the village center the council provide free WiFi.
There are numerous bars, cafes and restaurants in the locality varying between traditional Portuguese, Italian and vegetarian menus. Supermarkets and a pharmacy are close at hand as well as the local hospital and emergency clinic.

Every Saturday the village hosts a large outdoor market where you will find everything from dress ware, house items and food along with local garden produce.
A road bridge connects Cerveira to the Spanish region of Galicia. This provides easy access to Spain and the opposite side of the river with numerous small hamlets, beaches and traditional cuisine.

There is a train station with good service to Viana do Castelo and Porto. Railway

Also a bus station provides a good alternative means of transport. Autna bus   Avic bus

Porto - Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport - 95 Km Vigo Airport - 43 Km Santiago de Compostela Airport - 143 Km

Vila Nova de Cerveira
Vila Nova de Cerveira 5
Vila Nova de Cerveira 4
Vila Nova de Cerveira 3

The Minho Region

Recent construction of an eco pista footpath system on both sides of the river offer lovely peaceful wanderings through the pastoral landscape and small hamlets between Cerveira, Valença, Monção and beyond.
The same footpath is used for the Portugues coastal Camino de Santiago from Viana do Castelo which then aligns with the river after the town of Caminha, following delightful lanes along the ancient route offering wonderful sea views and over the river to Spain. 
Also close to Caminha on higher moorland is the Serra d'Aga, a wilder landscape with goats and horses wandering free. 
The Peneda Geres National Park is about an hours drive. Here you'll witness local farmers and people attending a way of life easily recognisable from centuries ago.

As well, the locality has a number of old small villages and towns of some interest. Historical Tuy in Spain has a notable cathedral and is on the central Portuguese Camino de Santiago>as is Valença just across the river with it's magnificient castle and walled town.
Viana do Castelo on the Portuguese coast has some fine architecture dating from the 15th cantaury and featured in Portugals first voyages of discovery.

All of these are about 30 mins drive and further afield one can discover Vigo, Baiona (Spain), Monção, Ponte da Lima and Braga (Portugal).

Upon a hill top above A Guarda is one of the biggest intact Celtic villages in Europe, testimony to this regions protected nature on the Atlantic extremity of Europe.

Generally speaking the area is very rural with many small family farms and vineyards.The famous Albarinho grape grows all along the hillsides of the Rio Minho and there are numerous boutique wineries hosting tourism and tasting during the summer. Abundant fine seafood is available everywhere with the Galician octopus, Portuguese bacalhau (cod) and lamprey eel being specialities.
The little Spanish fishing port of A Guarda near the mouth of the river has many good seafood restaurants.
During the summer there are numerous octopus and sardine festivals around the region along with fairs and markets of all kinds where local sausage, hams, cheese, breads, cakes, preserves and honey are displayed. At these events you're likely to hear traditional music featuring the Galician Gaita bagpipe.

The local beaches Caminha (12km away), Moledo (14km), Anchora (16km), Afife (18km), Darque (22km) (Portuguese Atlantic coast), and A Guarda(22km), Baiona, Vigo(45km) (Spain)are known for surf activities and competions and from Cerveira it's possible to rent canoes, kayaks and bicycles to further explore the riverside where otters, heron and raptors are commonly seen.

Higher cultural events can be discovered between Viana do Castelo, Vigo and Braga. Once you've sampled the area I think you'll agree it's an undiscovered gem of the Iberian NW.
Valenca - Ponte de Lima - Serra D'Arga - Geres