Ponte de Lima
This small town is perhaps the most delightful we have seen so far. It may not be as big and popular as the lovely cities of Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra but Ponte de Lima has a special charm. The oldest village in Portugal, it dates back to Roman times and also has excellent examples of medieval architecture such as the famous bridge and many Renaissance buildings which are well maintained. It would win any global tidy town award.
Positioned next to the large Lima river, it has extensive pathways along either side of the river for walkers and cyclists and a large avenue of very old trees. The vivid green and bright colours of the plentiful flowers in gardens are especially beautiful in spring.
This historic town in Portugal was once the capital of Galicia in Roman times.Filled with many old churches and historical buildings it impresses as a thriving town well set up for tourists but not overrun by tourists. Locals go about their daily business and shops and cafes along the narrow lanes and large plazas look prosperous. Large tree lined streets and extensive gardens have more recently been developed.
The food is wonderful the town has an easygoing feel. A great place to walk around and visit with ease.