Welcome to the unspoiled Lima Valley where you will find people warm hearted and full of joy.
You will be inspired by their culture and proud sense of tradition that finds expression in many different forms: their handicrafts, music and dancing, gastronomy, religious festivals and numerous creative and recreational activities.
Whether you travel as a lone pilgrim, with friends or family or in a group, you feel the unique alliance between nature and manmade landmarks.
The Lima Valley is crossed by the Lima River and integrates four municipalities: Arcos de Valdevez, Ponte da Barca, Ponte de Lima and Viana do Castelo.
Discover the identity, the emotions and the looming beauty of a land inspired by a host people who bring to the Vale do Lima the treasures of an environment of sympathy and safety.
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The Lima Valley is strategically located between Porto and Galiza. With the advantage of facilities such as Porto Airport and the sea ports of Leixões and Viana do Castelo, the region provides an important access route that connects Porto with Valença and the Spanish border.
The Lima River is the backbone of this territory and the central element that has determined its destiny, from the mountains to the sea, traversing centuries of traditions and contacts with many different civilizations who have left their marks, shaping the picturesque beauty of the region and its unique culture.
The region has a rich patrimony and is endowed with unspoiled natural spaces: mountains, woodlands, streams and lagoons, river and beaches, and traditional picturesque villages.
The Lima Valley shows a pleasing harmony of its eco-systems and biodiversity: marine, fluvial and land - environmental diversity, nature conservation, heritage, architecture, culture, ethnography, handicrafts and gastronomy.
The Lima Valley has been awarded several prizes, that distinguish the pioneering nature, hospitality, and the quality of Country Tourism. An example is the importance attributed by the European Commission in the study of rural tourist destinations – “Towards Quality Rural Tourism” – Integrated Quality Management of Rural Tourist Destination” and “Tourism for Tomorrow” – a prize awarded by British Airways.
During the last 30 years these elements have been integrated in innovative projects to pioneer a whole new concept in rural tourism and nature tourism in the Lima Valley under the banner of Turismo de Habitacão and Turismo no Espaço Rural with the initial driving force emanating from headquarters in Vale do lima.
Fine manor houses, country homes and farms have been restored and preserved along with the improvement of local amenities and natural environment to provide comfortable and safe tourist accommodation under the brand names Solares de Portugal andAldeias de Portugal .
More information at:
- Vale do Lima Brochure
- Vale do Lima Brochure