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D’Arga Mountain


Situated between the Minho and Lima Rivers, the d’Arga Mountain, with its Interpretation Centre, offers one of the best views of the Alto Minho, not surprising considering its intact natural resources and typical rurality. Get lost in its fertile meadows, natural pools, assorted fauna and flora or, following any one of the many possible pedestrian trails, take a look at the stone granaries, the houses made of schist and discover, up close, the traditions that have survived many centuries and that still enchant. On the Mountain, it is still possible to see the women wearing typical work garments or to taste the traditional gastronomy that privileges local products, such as kid, sausages, moonshine and honey. Stage of cultural and sporting activities of great interest, Serra d'Arga receives the "Arte na Leira," an initiative that belongs to the painter Mário Rocha, combining the hallmarks of rurality with the creativity of artists; and the Grande Trail da Serra d'Arga that brings together thousands of practicers of the sport every year. The S. João d’Arga Monastery, dedicated to Saint John the Baptist and one of the municipality’s true ex-libris, is the scenery of one of the region’s most ancient Alto Minho’s pilgrimages. Every year, on August 28th, thousands of people, accompanied by concertinas and high spirits, take the road that leads to S. João d’Arga.

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