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Valença, also known as Valença do Minho, is a city and municipality in Portugal's Minho region.


Valença (vuh-LIHN-suh, /vɐ.ˈɫẽ.sɐ/) municipality has 13,634 residents (2021), with 5,153 living in the city proper. Valença lies on the River Minho across from Tui, Spain.

Visitor informationEdit

Get inEdit

Valença is served by the A3 motorway (Autoestrada de Entre-Douro-e-Minho) from Porto and Braga. Crossing the River Minho, it connects with Spain's A-55 expressway from Vigo.

Get aroundEdit

Map of Valença (Portugal)


  • 1 Fortaleza de Valença (Praça-forte de Valença). This 5 km (3.1 mi), 17th-century military fortification lies along the River Minho.  
  • 2 Museu do Bombeiro (Firefighters' Museum), +351 251 809 000. M–F 09:00–12:30 & 13:30–17:00 (also Sa, fortnightly). Displaying about 4,000 pieces of firefighting equipment from around the world, this museum tells the history of the "soldiers of peace", as firefighters are known in Portugal.




  • 1 Fatum, Casamata 2, Portas da Coroada, +351 964 169 723, . F–W 10:00–16:00 & 19:00–00:00, closed Th. Enjoy some fado music as you savour regional cuisine and a glass of wine. The music is live on Saturday evenings. €10-25.
  • 2 Fronteira Gastrobar, Avenida de Espanha 1, +351 967 598 489, . Tu–Th Su 09:00–00:00, F Sa 09:00–02:00, closed M. Tapas bar with extensive selection of wines and gins. €7-18.
  • 3 Solar do Bacalhau, Rua Mouzinho de Albuquerque 99, +351 251 822 161, . M 08:00–16:00, Tu–F 08:00–23:00, Sa Su, 08:00–00:00. Specializing in cod fish, they also serve other seafood and meats. €12-25.



  • 1 Pousada Valença (Pousada de São Teotónio), Baluarte do Socorro (within Valença Fortress), +351 251 800 260, . Check-in: 16:00, check-out: 11:00. Four-star, 18-room pousada with business centre, restaurant, room service, free Wi-Fi, and free parking. €81-140.
  • 2 Hotel Valença do Minho, Avenida Miguel Dantas, +351 251 824 211. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Three-star, 36-room hotel with swimming pool, bar, free Wi-Fi, and free parking. €36-64.


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