Entering the small walled burgh of Vila Nova de Cerveira is like travelling in time, plunging into the period of kings and queens, of knights and wars against invaders.
Built in the 14th century by order of Dom Dinis to defend the then recently created village of Cerveira, this castle exhales a mystic and magic aura from the Middle Ages. Inside the walls, you’ll feel shrouded in a fascinating atmosphere that gently pushes you throughout the narrow alleys, passing by Capela de Nossa Senhora da Ajuda - next to the castle’s main gate, the ancient barracks - built during the Restoration Wars, the Pousada de Dom Diniz - built in the 20th century upon some parts of the ancient fortress, and the Igreja da Misericórdia - a magnificent temple dedicated to Senhor Ecce Homo.
Wandering through the castle’s alleys is an opportunity to learn some of the town’s history, inscribed in many interpretative boards, and, at the same time, to imagine how it would be living in this picturesque village in medieval times.
From the top of the walls overlooking the River Minho, you'll enjoy superb views over the river bed and, on the other side, over Goián in Spain. If you're with your better half, try to find one of the many romantic nooks around. It would be a nice place to watch the sunset with Cerveira and the river on the background. Is there a better way to end a day’s walk?