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  1. Valença
    Towns and Villages
    Standing on the border with Spain and overlooking the River Minho, Valença is surrounded by walls and displays all the characteristic features of a town that was fortified in the seventeenth century in the style of the French military architect, (...)

  2. Towns and Villages
    Situated almost within the city limits of Porto, of which it is now an extension, Valongo was probably founded by the Romans, who mined gold in the region. Today, it is a bustling city, which still retains a number of typical features from the (...)

  3. Towns and Villages
    The municipality of Valpaços was founded in the nineteenth century, although it is thought that this region was already inhabited in prehistoric times and later occupied by the Romans, as is in fact proved by the many remains to be found here from (...)

  4. Viana do Alentejo
    Towns and Villages
    Viana do Alentejo
    Viana do Alentejo castle, built in the reign of D. Dinis, was later rebuilt at the orders of D. João II, who held a meeting of the cortes (parliament) here in 1482.It is a walled enclosure with cylindrical towers in the corners. Built against the (...)

  5. Viana do Castelo
    Towns and Villages
    Viana do Castelo
    Situated close to the mouth of the river Lima, 65 kilometres to the north of Porto and 50 kilometres from the Spanish border at Valença, Viana do Castelo was founded in the thirteenth century by D. Afonso III, the king of Portugal, under the name of (...)

  6. Vidigueira
    Towns and Villages
    The existence of a settlement here has only been documented since the thirteenth century. However, there is evidence of the human occupation of this region since prehistoric times. In addition to the megalithic heritage to be found here, attention (...)

  7. Vieira do Minho - Desafio ao caminho
    Towns and Villages
    Vieira do Minho
    Located in a very mountainous and densely forested region, the municipality of Vieira do Minho is an ideal place to spend one's leisure moments, with the lakes formed by the dams of Caniçada and Ermal being extraordinarily beautiful. Scattered all (...)

  8. Vila de Rei
    Towns and Villages
    Vila de Rei
    If you imagine a line crossing Portugal from north to south, and another from east to west, Vila de Rei is situated right in the geodesic centre of the country, a fact that is marked on a peak of a geodesic pyramid in the Serra de Melriça, a point (...)

  9. Vila do Bispo
    Towns and Villages
    Vila do Bispo
    The windmills which recorded the fact that for centuries Vila do Bispo was the breadbasket of the Algarve have disappeared. What remains, however, is the charm of whitewashed houses scattered down the slopes of a hill crowned by the looming bulk of (...)

  10. Vila do Conde
    Towns and Villages
    Vila do Conde
    A quiet city that gained in importance and increased its prosperity as a ship-building yard at the time of the Maritime Discoveries. The sea has always had a major influence on the life of the local inhabitants, inspiring the motifs used in the (...)


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