Top 10 Things to do in Arcos de Valdevez, Portugal

October 16, 2017 Mikaela Didonna

Arcos de Valdevez (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈaɾkuʒ dɨ ˌvaɫdɨˈveʃ]) is a municipality along the northern frontier of Portugal and Galicia (Spain). The population in 2011 was 22,847, in an area of 447.60 km². It is the largest municipality in area of the district of Viana do Castelo.
Restaurants in Arcos de Valdevez

1. Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Peneda

Lugar de Peneda - Freguesia de Gavieira, Arcos de Valdevez 4970-150, Portugal +351 251 460 040
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4.5 based on 128 reviews

Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Peneda

Reviewed By Henrique d - Porto, Portugal

in fact is a majestic Sanctuary, far away from big cities and located in mountain, is quite impressive the construction and the size of it. Despite the Church and the Sanctuary, there´s a hotel, some coffee shops and some tents selling fruits, handicrafts and sweets.

2. Puente de Ponte da Barca

Rua Noticias da Barca, Ponte da Barca 4980-646, Portugal
Excellent
39%
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53%
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4.5 based on 107 reviews

Puente de Ponte da Barca

Reviewed By Big-G66 - Bristol, United Kingdom

An interesting friendly little town with its iconic arched bridge - much longer than you would possibly expect. Some interesting bronze artwork near the river and some not so interesting metal and plastic 'cut-out' Roman Soldiers near the bank illustrating a legend about Legionnaires being afraid to cross until encouraged by their leader (depicted on horseback on the far bank).
Ample car parking - worth a visit.

3. Ponte da Barca

Geraz do Minho, Portugal
Excellent
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4.5 based on 44 reviews

Ponte da Barca

Reviewed By Leslie E - Kettering, United Kingdom

The river Lima rises in the high Mountains of the Penede -Geres national park and the motorway ends just above the lovely little town of Ponte da Barca- named after the ancient many- arched bridge that spans a wide stretch of the Lima. Quaint grey stone houses; a beautiful riverside park; several places to eat; and a lovely little courtyard with a cross, that has the aura of an old cloister about it, provides a shady spot at the end of the bridge - perfect for a picnic There is also, nearby, one of the main information offices that provides maps and data on the delights of the National park -without which you might even have been seduced into going no further than Ponte da Barca itself. To get the best of both worlds, therefore, set off early in the day as Ponte de Barca - and lower downstream, Ponte da Lima merit at least a couple of hours exploration.

4. Mosteiro De Bravaes

N203, Bravais 4980-125, Portugal
Excellent
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4.5 based on 9 reviews

Mosteiro De Bravaes

Reviewed By Amazon122s - Santa Comba Dao, Portugal

The Monastery or “Igreja matriz de Bravães”, is located right next to the National Road 203 who is connecting the two villages “Ponte da Barca” and “Ponte de Lima”. Do not expect a hugh monasterie but some smaler, anyhow you can see this as one of the nicest exemples of the “Romanesque Temples who are still existing in Portugal. The church is build on the foundations of an medieval monastery, the actual church is dating from the end of the XII century initial of the XIII century, which made that the age is about 800 years. You have enough space to park the car and even have a pic-nic at the location no problem at all. When you visit the church do not think as we did when the side entrance is closed that you cannot enter, just turn the hand grip and it will open the door, it is a bit dark on the inside but you will be able to take pictures of a wonderful location who is need to visit. The church or monastery is classified as National Monument from 1910.

5. Espigueiros de Soajo

Arcos de Valdevez, Soajo 4970-660, Portugal
Excellent
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4.5 based on 146 reviews

Espigueiros de Soajo

Reviewed By souzagar - massachusetts

It's hard to describe what the experience is when you first see these granaries. Majestic comes to mind but so does other worldly. Massive pieces of granite have been carved and positioned to take advantage of air flow to protect their crops. Sited at the top of a granite ledge you get a panoramic view of the valley below and the village of Soajo above. The addition of crosses adds a spiritual component as the Portuguese represent their trust in faith. While visiting I got the impression that there is so much here, energy and stories of a different time and place. Incredibly beautiful and moving anyone visiting should take time to take it all in.

6. Paco de Giela

Avenida Reencontro de Valdevez, Arcos de Valdevez 4970-613, Portugal +351 258 520 529
Excellent
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Paco de Giela

Reviewed By KrisMacG - Dundee, United Kingdom

One of the area's National Monument, Paco de Giela (Manor House of Giela) is an archaeological site which includes a manor house which sits on foundations that date back to the early middle ages. The manor house and chapel, and grounds have been restored and visitors can go right inside the remains of the building. The restoration work was very well done. We were lucky at the time of the visit as this site had just opened to the public and we even had a guided tour from one of the staff that was a part of the team of archaeologists excavating and studying the site. Well worth a visit.

7. Sistelo Village

Arcos de Valdevez 4970-645, Portugal
Excellent
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4 based on 21 reviews

Sistelo Village

Reviewed By PPCI-BG - Italy

Sistelo, a pochi chilometri da Arcos, è considerato giustamente uno dei più bei villaggi nella zona del parco. Caratteristici i campi terrazzati sulle pendici che caratterizzano il suo paesaggio e i piccoli granai di granito. Ci sono anche un ponte romano, una antica cappella. Tutto che rende pittoresco l’ambiente. Mi è piaciuto tanto.

8. Centro Equestre Mezio Aventura

Vilar de Suente - Soajo | Parque Nacional Peneda Gerês, Arcos de Valdevez 4970-672, Portugal +351 969 507 471
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5 based on 9 reviews

Centro Equestre Mezio Aventura

The Mezio Adventure Equestrian Center is located in the Peneda-Geres National Park, which has well-defined and characterized horseback trails, which will lead to know the best landscapes of the National Park. These trails are great for a first equestrian experience, set in the fantastic setting that the local fauna and flora provide. In addition, also has a covered arena and carriage rides.

Reviewed By Malema - Community of Madrid, Spain

My friend and I went for a two-hour long horseback ride and had a great time! The horses were sweet-natured, the landscape was fantastic and the staff was super friendly and professional. The price was very affordable and of great value for the quality of the service provided.
I would definitely recommend it!

9. AktivaNatura - Outdoor Adventures

Ponte da Barca 4980-627, Portugal
Excellent
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5 based on 20 reviews

AktivaNatura - Outdoor Adventures

AktivaNatura is... a new way to discover the meaning of joy and adventure in the Northwest's Portugal Nature. We dedicate ourselves to be more than mere service providers, we define ourselves as Hosts of the region and starting point of journeys that will always leave the wish to return, from mountain to sea, using the rivers and paths along them we create Kayaking & Stand Up Paddling journeys were expectations are always surpassed... From inexperienced travelers searching for a new traveling perspective , families that wish to create a unforgettable moment to their kids, up to groups of fearless spirits, we just like Nature itself, adjust and fulfill our clients expectations.

Reviewed By Scott P

We booked a morning padded boarding whilst staying at a local campsite. We were met at reception by Luis, a very friendly man. We sat and chatted whilst waiting for another couple to arrive. Once we were all together the boards were in the water very quickly and a quick into followed. My partner is not great on the water but was soon at ease, the boards are very stable and the views were amazing. We were taken along the river and Luis filled us in with some local information and history of the place. He took lots of pictures and shared them with us via WhatsApp. It was an amazing experience. If you get the chance to try it out, do so.

10. Quinta do Fijo

Fijo | Vila Fonche, Arcos de Valdevez 4970-740, Portugal +351 963 794 266
Excellent
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5 based on 9 reviews

Quinta do Fijo

Reviewed By mbeauq - Paris, France

Really fine horses (don't follow each others like stupid horses, don't fear any thing), nice trails and awesome landscape. Thank you to Carlos and his team.

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