River, nature and food
Ponte de Lima is not a very touristic place but it still is one of the well known town for people who follow the “caminho do Santiago” to “Santiago de Compostela”. There aren’t many things to do around here but it’s a nice and green place where you can have a mix of nature, peacefulness and city. You might also not find a lot of cheap options to sleep there but the atmosphere on a sunny day, quite different from what you except from portuguese cities, really is worth the extra miles.
Follow the guide, zoom on Portugal and on Ponte de Lima and discover my first tips for a quick visit in one or two days….
Walk along the Lima river
Take the path to the old city center between the huge plane trees
Possible stop at “Gaio”
A little “taberna” where you can find the classical “menu do dia” for 5,5€ with a soup, main dish with meat or fish, drink and coffee… No doubt you’re in Portugal ! The plates are well served ans the waiters are very nice and smiling. There is also a special “caminho do santiago” set ==> Do not hesitate !
Cross the bridge (sobre o rio Lima)
And enjoy the view…
Visite the botanical garden (parque do Arnado)
And if you stay two days, another option for lunch would be : taberna cadeia velha
I didn’t take any picture (such a shame) but the place has a sunny little terrace and food is amazing. It’s a bit more expensive than a portuguese taberna but if you’re a bit tired of butter, oil and family type of recipes, here you can find more gourmet type of food.
But be aware that the tapas coming when you arrive are not for free, if you eat them, you pay them, that’s the rule… Same for bread, butter etc.
And now I just have to wish you a good trip, enjoy !