Complete guide to visit Caminha

Caminha is a village that reflects the history of Portugal.


Caminha is a village in the district of Viana do Castelo. The village is surrounded by the sea, the river and the mountains and mirrors the historical evolution of the country. The Municipal Museum, the Fortified Conjunto de Caminha and the Clock Tower are some of the monuments of the village that help to remember the transformations of Portugal. According to the Municipality, in all the parishes of Caminha, “the history of Portugal 'breathes' in the cobblestones, in the narrow streets and in the various spaces of religious, military or civil nature”.

If you want to discover all the secrets of Caminha and the Portuguese territory, follow the suggestions left by Excelente and set off to explore the village. Among facts and new information, take advantage of trying new traditional Minho flavours and popular stays.

What to visit?

In addition to the different monuments and cultural spaces, those who pass by Caminha must stop at the beaches of Camarido and Foz do Minho. The Caminha Bridge over the Coura River should also be a place to visit.

Clock Tower

The Clock Tower is one of the most central monuments of Caminha and is the primary tower of the mediaeval city walls. The Tower started to have the village clock in 1963 and, in 2008, opened to the population as a museum.

Source - City Council (Caminha) - Clock Tower

The Convent of Saint Anthony

The Convent of Saint Anthony is located near the fortress of Caminha. The convent hosted friars until the nineteenth century, being occupied by nuns. In 1957, a fire destroyed almost the entire building. The Church. The Convent features a church.

Chapel of Our Lady of Agony

The Chapel is located in Our Lady of Agony square. The building is one of the newest chapels in Caminha. The Chapel was built in the 18th century and shows a transition from the Rococo to the Neoclassical style. In addition to this Chapel, those interested can also visit the Chapel of Our Lady of Help.

Source - City Council (Caminha) - Capela de Nossa Senhora da Agonia

Mother Church of Caminha

The Church, also known as the Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, began to be built in 1488 and was ready in 1556. In 1910, the Church became regarded as a National Monument. Currently, it is still used as a parish church.

Caminha Municipal Museum

De acordo com a Câmara Municipal de Caminha, o Museu, localizado no centro da vila, “expõe uma importante coleção de objetos arqueológicos que documentam a história da região desde a Pré-História à Romanização”. No Museu, os visitantes podem navegar pela evolução do concelho.

Source - City Council (Caminha) - Caminha Municipal Museum

Caminha Fountain

The Renaissance Fountain is in front of the Clock Tower. The Fountain has been a National Monument since 1910. The monument was completed in 1553 and in 1835 it was moved to the place where it is currently located.

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Fortified Caminha Set

The Fortified Set is formed by walls and bastions. From this monument, it is possible to highlight the Clock Tower, the  Graça Wall and the bastions of the mother church and Saint anthony.

Mercy Church

The Mercy Church is located in the centre of Caminha. The sixteenth century building stands out due to its Renaissance portal. In 2019, the Church was named a Monument of Public Interest.

House of Pitas

The neo-Manueline style palace features a regular floor plan and two floors. The House of Pitas was created in the 17th century.

Source - City Council (Caminha) - House of Pitas

Town Hall

The Town Hall is the building of the Municipality of Caminha. The space was designed in 1920 and  underwent a set of renovations in 1950. The façade of the Town Hall has several traced pinnacles.

Fraga Viewpoint - Vilarelho

From the Fraga viewpoint, you can see several of Caminha’s points of interest. The City Council recommends seeing the view at “dusk, when the glare of the sun blends with the unique landscape”.

Miradouro da Fraga - Vilarelho

From the Fraga viewpoint, you can see several of Caminha’s points of interest. The City Council recommends seeing the view at “dusk, when the glare of the sun blends with the unique landscape”.

Where to eat?

In Caminha, visitors can try the “Serra d'Arga” and “S. Pedro de Varais” goatling, the “sarapatel goatling”, the pork sausages, the famous Portuguese sardines, the Portinho style octopus, the shad rice or the fish parrilhada. Cream milk, rice pudding, threads or papudos are sweets that characterise the city's meals. Now let’s  find out where people can enjoy these delicacies.

Muralha de Caminha

At Muralha de Caminha, people can enjoy traditional Portuguese dishes. Octopus, seafood, cod, rump steak, goatling are some of the ingredients that feature the delicacies offered by the restaurant.

Source - Muralha de Caminha Hotel

Restaurante Duque de Caminha

Breaded Cod, empty steak, monkfish, partridge, wild boar and cod are some of the dishes that people can try. The restaurant also sometimes offers wine tastings and live music evenings.

Source - Facebook - Duque de Caminha Restaurant

O Chafariz

Typically Portuguese regional food fills the restaurant. The dishes of ribs, seafood rice, cod are the specialties of O Chafariz.

Source - Facebook - O Chafariz Restaurant

Adega do Chico Restaurant

Fried codfish is one of the most appreciated delicacies by those who ate at Adega do Chico Restaurant. In addition to Codfish À Chico, visitors to Caminha can also choose the Chef’s Sea Rice, the Baked Octopus, the rump steak, the Sea Bass or the Grilled Squid, among others. Salmon, flounder, cuttlefish, swordfish, veal rib or chicken steaks can also be an option.

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O Degrau Restaurant

The restaurant is located in the centre of Caminha and offers traditional Portuguese dishes. Codfish house special, Serra D'Arga goatling, Lamprey and Shad are some of the foods presented by the restaurant.

Baptista Restaurant

The Batista Restaurant takes the Portuguese flavours and gives them more sophistication, creating distinct dishes with traditional products. Winner of the 7 Wonders of New Gastronomy, the restaurant highlights sea bass, cod, octopus, beef tenderloin and pasta with prawns.

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Solar do Pescado

Solar do Pescado celebrates Portugal both with the food and the decoration of the space. Grilled squid, clam rice, seafood rice, fillets and Crème Brulée  are some of the delicacies to try in the restaurant.

Source - Solar do Pescado

Hamilton Pizzaria Frangaria

The restaurant is a junction of meat dishes with pizza dishes. Hamilton Pizzaria Frangaria is also suitable for vegetarians and offers vegan and gluten-free options.

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Where to sleep?

Design Wine & SPA Hotel

The hotel is a combination of 18th-century historical design with more modern design. The landscapes of the Minho River and Monte Santa Tecla can be enjoyed by hotel guests. Featuring a restaurant, spa and indoor pool, Design Wine & SPA Hotel offers a varied set of traditional wines. In addition to breakfast, guests can sample the flavours of regional products in the hotel's restaurant. The hotel also has a shared lounge and a reading room.

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Litos al Guest House

The units at the guest house have city views, and some accommodations have a dining area and/or a balcony. Litos al Guest House is 1.5 kilometres from Foz do Minho Beach and 1.7 kilometres from Camarido Beach. Moledo Beach is 2.5 kilometres from the accommodation.

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Hotel Porta do Sol Conference & SPA

The hotel features outdoor pools, gardens, spa, restaurant and bar. Guests have mountain or river views from the rooms. The hotel's suites feature a spa bath. The spa features a hot tub, a hot water circuit, a Turkish bath and a sauna. The hotel also offers massages and beauty treatments.

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B in Caminha

The apartment has two bedrooms, a kitchen, a bathroom and a small living room. The kitchen features a dishwasher and washing machine, a microwave, an oven and a fridge. Bed linen and towels are available at the accommodation. B in Caminha is located two kilometres from Camarido Beach and 1.8 kilometres from Foz do Minho Beach.

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Rinoterra Minho

The hotel combines the river and the mountains with an elegant design. Rooms come with tea and coffee making facilities and a private bathroom. Some of the units have a balcony or seating areas. Guests can enjoy breakfast filled with produce from the hotel's orchard and vegetable garden. Rinoterra Minho features a spa, consisting of a Turkish bath, a hot tub and a heated indoor pool.

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Prazer da Natureza Resort & Spa

The Prazer da Natureza Resort & Spa is an eight-minute drive from the centre of Caminha. The accommodation comes with a seating area and a bathroom, and other units have a kitchenette. Villas and apartments can accommodate from one to four people. Guests can access the spa, games room and make use of the tennis court and fitness centre.

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Casa de Santo André Caminha

The holiday home features two bedrooms, a terrace, a seating area, a kitchenette and a bathroom. The accommodation will provide you with a dishwasher, microwave, a TV, towels and bed linen. Foz do Minho Beach is 2.1 kilometres from the house.

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Foz Sunshine

The apartment, with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, also has an equipped kitchen, a terrace, a living room and a dining area. The property is located in front of the sea and offers private parking.

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Casa da Travessa

Casa da Travessa is about two kilometres from Foz do Minho Beach and Camarido Beach. The accommodation has two bedrooms, a kitchen and two bathrooms. Guests have access to free parking and can rent bicycles and/or cars.

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Do you feel ready to visit Caminha? Take advantage of all the tips of  Excelente, pack your bags and set off for a new trip. Taste the delicacies that characterise the county and enjoy the landscapes that embrace Caminha.

Complete guide to visit Caminha
Complete guide to visit Caminha