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Ponte de Lima
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About Ponte de Lima
Ponte de Lima is one of Portugal's most beautiful little towns, on the picturesque banks of the gentle Rio Lima. The heart of town is full of cafes and riverside gardens and the outskirts is green with vineyards. Ponte de Lima is popular with Portuguese tourists, who come for long weekends every second Monday when there's an amazing market, so you need to book the best places to stay in Ponte de Lima in advance.
The 'ponte' in Ponte de Lima is a lovely, 31-arched medieval rehash of a Roman original, part of a Roman road, and most of the town's highlights are within a few streets of this bridge. Now open only to foot traffic most of the bridge dates from the 14th Century, though one end is still real Roman.
As well as the bridge, and charming cafes and boutiques and the market, Ponte de Lima has a number of beautiful mansions, some of which have been converted into hotels and some museums and galleries. Ponte de Lima also has plenty of green space, including one surrounding a particularly lovely public swimming pool.
This exceptionally lovely countryside has a few other charming little towns which are worth a day trip - try Ponte de Barc and Arcos de Valdevez.
- Casa do Rio Vez is a lovely, contemporary B&B which has been converted from a mill. There are three rooms and one self-catering apartment, all of which have terraces overlooking the river. And the whole property is surrounded by pretty gardens. Romantic and great value.
- Paco de Calheiros is a stunning Portuguese country house surrounded by beautiful gardens. Rooms are elegant and the public spaces quite grand, with beautiful paintings and antiques. There's a pool and a tennis court associated with the hotel and then a private villa which sleeps ten and has its own pool and tennis courts too.
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Best Hotels in Ponte de Lima
Casa do Rio Vez 4 rooms from $81Ponte de Lima
A gorgeous B&B mill house renovation with contemporary chic rooms and one self-catering apartment. Serene terraces on the river's edge, lovely gardens, and fishing on the river. A romantic choice, and great value.Views - Lovely river views.Value chicRomantic BreakRestrictions on children - Over 7s welcome.Recommended by - I Escape
Paco de Calheiros 15 rooms from $126Ponte de Lima
A stunning Portugese country house with beautiful gardens. Grand and elegant rooms and living spaces have paintings and antique furniture. The private villa has its own pool and tennis court. A great choice for families, avid gardeners, and couples.Families - The private villa has sleeps 10 and his its own tennis court and pool.Views - Beautiful valley views.Sights nearby - Dos Terceiros Museum, Arnado Theme Park, the Museum of Rural Ponte de Lima.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor