Private Ponte de Lima Charming City Tour with Wine-tastings and Typical Lunch
Durations: 11 Hour(s)
Group Size: 1+
Visit one of the oldest and charming towns of northern Portugal, Ponte de Lima, home of Loureiro grapes used to produce the region’s light and refreshing Vinho Verdes wines.
Sit on the southern banks of the slow-flowing¬†Lima River,¬†where the¬†Romans¬†constructed a¬†bridge in 1AD,¬†is one of the¬†oldest and charming towns¬†of northern Portugal,¬†Ponte de Lima.¬†During the early Roman rule of Portugal, they believed that the¬†Lima River¬†was the¬†Lethe River,¬†one of the¬†Underworld Rivers of Hades.¬†They were¬†fearful¬†as they believed that anyone who immersed in its waters would lose their¬†mind to Oblivion.
Its¬†heritage¬†is composed by¬†delightful¬†assortment of¬†Medieval Towers¬†and¬†Bridges,¬†ancient houses, pretty¬†plazas,¬†and grand¬†religious buildings, found throughout the¬†town.
The¬†Lima Valley¬†is the native home of¬†Loureiro grapes,¬†and these are used to produce the region‚Äôs light and refreshing¬†Vinho Verdes wines,¬†whose belong to¬†one of the¬†demarcated regions¬†of¬†Portugal.
Among the¬†traditional gastronomic dishes,¬†a¬†meat¬†plate,¬†the rice of Sarrabulho,¬†is the¬†fashion¬†of¬†Ponte de Lima,¬†together with the¬†Naco de Minhota are the¬†main highlights¬†of this gastronomic discovery. If you prefer the¬†fish, accept the region's invitation, and enjoy typical dishes such as¬†Lamprey or Onion Cod.
As for dessert,¬†Milk-cream¬†and¬†Limianas¬†are part of the timeless¬†sweets¬†of¬†compulsory consumption, which will surely¬†leave you¬†in the¬†clouds.
Meanwhile, the¬†Green Wine brandies¬†should finish the¬†meal, with the coffees and digestives, accompanying nuts, chocolates and, for lovers, a good cigar!
Day 1 : Misericordia Church of Ponte de Lima
Dating back to the institution in 1530, the current church was erected in the 17th and 18th centuries, consisting of a single nave, a chancel with a coffered vault (1638) and a main portico open laterally over the cemetery, which is the churchyard currently closed by a curious railing, the effect of the porch balcony that delimits this enclosure being remarkable.Matriz Church of Ponte de Lima
Ordered to be built by D. Jo√£o I in 1425, its conclusion is probably from 1446.
The various transformations and extensions over the centuries are very visible, due to the overlapping of several styles - Romanesque, Gothic and Neoclassical, such as the Gothic portal topped by an 18th century rose window.Monastery and Church Paroquial de Refoios
The building of the Monastery of Refoios, founded in the 12th century by D. Afonso Ansemondes, for Canons of the Rule of St. Augustine, currently houses the installations of the Superior School of Agrarian of Ponte de Lima, being next to the imposing Parish Church of the parish that gives the name of the group - Refoios de Lima.Old Chain Tower and S. Paulo Tower
Classified as Real Estate of Public Interest, as well as the wall cloth that unites them, the Tower of Old Chain and the Tower of S. Paulo (which also had the Expecta√ß√£o Tower and Postigo Tower) are the most notorious of what remains of the old Ponte de Lima wall, which, in addition to the walled structure, was made up of towers and doors, an ensemble built in the reign of Pedro I in the fourteenth century.
The Tower of Cadeia Velha or New Door is the result of the large improvement works made on the tower, which already existed here as part of the walled structure of the village (14th century), ordered by King D. Manuel to install the Prison District and concluded in 1511.Ponte de Lima Noble Fountain
The Noble Fountain in Largo de Cam√Ķes was completed in 1603, after a 1580 fake tax was levied on some consumer goods, namely the precious salt, whose revenue served to erect what we now enjoy as a monument.
It was built in the current Largo Dr. Ant√≥nio Magalh√£es, at the time one of the main entrance doors in the wall of the village, from where it was transferred to Largo de Cam√Ķes in 1929. Its Renaissance risk and execution are currently attributed to the famous Limiano Master Jo√£o Lopes, the guy.Pelourinhos de Ponte de Lima
The primitive pillory is attributed to the 16th century and was erected on the beach, roughly in front of the S. Paulo tower.
At the beginning of the 19th century, arms from the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and Algarve were added. Compulsively demolished at the end of the liberal struggles, it was rebuilt in the Estado Novo in front of the Pa√ßos do Concelho using some identified fragments of the primitive monument.Roman Bridge and Medieval Bridge
The former libris of Ponte de Lima, which along with the river that bathes the village, gave the name to the locality, is its bridge. In fact, it is a set formed by two bridges: a medieval section, of greater dimension, that begins in the left margin and extends until the Church of Santo Ant√≥nio of the Old Tower and it passes even in two arcs. Then the section of the Roman bridge. They are only five arches from the great arch that is in dry bed.Tower of Refoios e Pa√ßo do Curutelo (Freixo)
It was erected in the 14th century, integrating the walled defence structure of the village, and its name owes to the existence of an image of S. Paulo, placed in a small building on the door of the wicket that was adjacent to it. This quadrangular tower crowned by merlons, preserves the supports of the floors in the interior walls.Basilica of Santa Luzia (20th century)
The temple of the Sacred Heart of Jesus built on the western spur of the Santa Luzia mountain, from where the city of Viana do Castelo dominates and ‚Äúblesses‚ÄĚ, is undoubtedly one of the best known and most emblematic monuments in the country.
It is an excellent example of revivalist architecture bringing together monumental yet harmonious neo-Romanesque, neo-Byzantine and neo-gothic elements, by one of the architects of greater national and international projection at the time, the architect Miguel Ventura Terra (1866-1919), author, by example, the remodelling of the S√£o Bento Palace, currently the Assembly of the Republic.
Although the project dates back to 1898, the work only started in the early years of the 20th century, and the temple was opened for worship on August 22, 1926, after the death of its author, and was only completed in 1943, almost half a decade after.
- Gourmet Lunch¬†with¬†Alvarinho Region Wine.
- Guided visit¬†to¬†Quinta do Ameal¬†with 3 Tables Wines Tastings¬†(White, Red and Reserve).
- Others Wineries¬†and¬†Wine tasting¬†options not listed as inclusions but that can be add at your request.¬†
- Transport by luxury Crossover SUV which is high in comfort, refined in ride, and rich in features;
- Personal accident and liability insurance.
- Our executive vehicles provide Wi-Fi, bottled water, refreshments and a relaxing atmosphere.
- Our chauffeurs provide a concierge service for any requirements.
- Our chauffeurs have knowledge and ethics required for confidential business matters.
- Live tour commentary provided in English, Spanish and Portuguese.
- Wineries included subject to change based on their availability, private events, and holidays.¬†
- Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and the guide's discretion.¬†¬†
- Admission to venues & attractions along the tour route.
- Gratuities are not included and is left to individual discretion.
- Transportation of suitcases or excess baggage, unless specified.
- Accessible for those with limited mobility.
- Accessible for those with limited eye sight.
- Stroller / Pram Accessible.
- Not wheelchair accessible.
- Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark.
- If you have limited mobility, please inform us when you call to confirm your reservation.
- Service animals allowed.¬†
- Infants must not sit on laps.
- You must inform us if you need child safety seat for children under 8 years of age or 4 foot 9 inches (144 cm) tall.
- For international guests, please be aware the legal drinking age in Portugal is 18 years of age. You must present a valid photo ID in order to drink alcohol in wineries.
- Hotel pickup commences between 8:00am - 9:00am depending on the location of your Porto/Gaia hotel or B&B (exact pickup time will be advised at reconfirmation).¬†¬†¬†¬†
- Be sure to bring comfortable clothes and shoes, sunscreen (if it's sunny), a raincoat, and an umbrella (if it's raining).
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if booking is cancelled 48 hours or less before event
- We will charge a cancellation fee of 5% if booking is cancelled 999 days or less before event