The Minho – Portugal’s northwestern province – offers an array of picture-perfect landscapes, beautiful river scenes, high mountains, rolling fields, historic towns, and rocky Atlantic beaches. Minho offers various characteristic Portuguese events such as the annual summer carnival at Viana do Castelo, and the weekly market at Barcelos – a cross between a medieval fair and a huge farmers’ market. The Minho’s two principal historic towns are steeped in tradition – the impeccably preserved medieval town of Guimaraes, Portugal’s first capital, and Braga, the country’s religious center. The Minho coast offers the Costa Verde, a string of stunning sandy beaches that go as far as the Spanish border. Minho is the perfect destination for a laid back retreat that will allow you to explore the culture and heritage of Portugal.