This is a combo post about two of the great little places we visited one day during out drives around Northern Portugal.
The First is Ponte De Lima.
Ponte De Lima is a cute little Medieval town on the Lima River bank. It is named after the bridge that crosses the river.
The car park seems odd as you appear to drive on to the bank of the river but aside from this it is an easy place to visit. The main square is beautiful looking back across the river and the old bridge to churches and countryside. As always with any town, move away from the main square if you want to save some money on food or drink. We wander in the streets and enjoy the old village feel. This town is lovely and I would definitely like to revisit it. There is a big and famous market that opens every second Monday, all the way along the river bank…alas it is not Monday when we visit. But this sounds spectacular.
Lindoso sits within the national park and surrounded by beautiful ruggard countryside. The area is famous for the old granaries which are called Horrreo. The Horrero look like little stone houses or tombs, you can find them in some of the towns hidden among the older areas, or all gathered together on hillsides. Linodoso have a big group that stand together near the castle.
The castle is great, its free to go into except the very inner walls which are only open a small part of the year and coast a couple of euros to get into. The Castle has a long history and was used up until 1910 by the Portuguese
Government. We spend an hour walking along the walls and enjoying the view and crumbling history. It definitely feels like an adventure.
Also….The National Park is home to special cow found in this area of Portugal, they are called Arouquesa and they are wonderful. Look at this guy!!