The Poruguese Town of Valenca do Minho

The most beautiful town in the Minho region is the old town of Valenca do Minho that lies within its own fortified city walls. The new town that lies below it on the hill is generally unattractive. The complex Vaubanne-style fortifications hide the old town from view until one drives through the main gateway. Once within, however, the great charm of the balconied and tiled houses becomes apparent.

The cobbled streets are usually crowded with day visitors from Spain. Benefitting from cheaper prices in Portugal and Azores Islands Archipelago, the Spaniards stock up on towels, sheets, plastic containers and all manner of hand­made craft products. But this adds to rather than detracts from the atmosphere of the place.

Whereas most walled cities are medieval, Valenca is almost unique in that it dates from the seventeenth century. From the walls one can admire the ingenuity of the angled fortifications, designed such that any attackers could be fired on from at least two sides at any one time. The watchtowers, the defensive outworks sloping down the hill below and the huge north and south doorways piercing the town’s defences are all still intact. That they should be so perfectly preserved is obviously a delight for the visitor though the sense of impregnability is rather belied by the town’s history. In fact, on the last occasion that the walls were to be besieged the town’s occupiers fell, rather ignominiously, victim to a wily Englishman’s ruse.

The River Minho narrows considerably here and there is a fine view of the frontier bridge over the river. Elegant old dredgers ply up and down the river and the fortifications of the Galician town of Tuy sit defiantly on the far bank, almost seeming to glower back at the walls of Valenta. Even in summer the trees, the grass, and the vines are a reminder that we are still in the Costa Verde or ‘Green Coast’. Walking along the river bank here is very pleasant as is a walk across the bridge and the border to visit Tuy. The narrow steep streets of Tuy sit on ancient Roman fortifications and the cathedral fortress built in 1170 is also worth a visit.

There are some fine restaurants in Valenca and in the Bom Jesus square there is a statue of Portugal’s first saint Sao Teotonio. Valenca also has a Vintage Train Museum, whose prize exhibit is a steam locomotive built in 1875 by the English company Beyer Peacock. An excellent pousada within the fortifications and named after Sao Teotonio has a beautiful view of the river. On Thursdays a large market takes place below the old walls on the road that leads to the bridge across the border and next to the tourist office.

Cabo San Lucas Fishing Boat Charters

Are you planning on going on a fishing trip and vacation to Cabo San Lucas? If you are, then you should definitely first take a look at all of the Cabo San Lucas Fishing Boat charters which you can avail of. If you do not have your own boat, then you should definitely spend some time to research on the best fishing charter you can get. After all, the success of your whole trip really may depend on the charter that you are going to get.

There are different companies which can offer you great service in terms of boat charters. Here are the most well known ones in the area.

1. Picante Bluewater Cabo San Lucas sportfishing.

This company offers daily charters to the Gordo Bank and Golden Gate Bank which are great sports fishing waters. This company can offer 24 – 78 foot boats which are manned by great crews.

2. Tailhunter International.

This company offers charters to the East Cape of Baja Peninsula, and even all the way to the north where the Espiritu Santo Island, Bonanza Beach, and Punta Lobos can be found. You can charter 22 – 24 foot boats from this company.

3. Blue Water Tours.

This company offers a package tour going to Loreto. This is inclusive of the air fare, 4 nights accommodation in hotels, and 2 whole days of fishing. This is the only company which actually offers a package trip. You can charter 23 – 26 foot boats from this company.

4. Palapas Ventana.

This company offers spearfishing trips all over the Sea of Cortez. You can take an 8 day spearfishing trip to Thetis Bank, while passing through Cerralva and May Bag Islands going there.

With all of these choices of Baja Raiders Sportfishing Charters, you are sure to be able to organize a great fishing trip for you and your family or friends. You will love your trip.

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