Minho Province


Minho Province
Historical province of Minho

Minho (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈmiɲu]) is an historical province of Portugal. It was established as an official province in 1936 and dissolved in 1976. It consisted of 23 municipalities, with its capital in the city of Braga. Today, the area would include the districts of Braga and Viana do Castelo. Minho has substantial Celtic influences and shares many cultural traits with neighbouring Galicia in Spain. The region was part of the Roman Province and early medieval Kingdom of Gallaecia. Historical remains of Celtic Minho include Briteiros Iron Age Hillfort, the largest Gallaecian native stronghold in the Entre Douro e Minho region, in North Portugal.

Minho is famous as being the origin of the soup caldo verde and the wine Vinho Verde.

Main Historic Cities

  • Braga (Bracara Augusta)
  • Guimarães (old Vimaranes)
  • Viana do Castelo, formerly Viana da Lima
  • Barcelos

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