Vila Nova de Cerveira is one of the closest towns to the country of Spain, when you are in the very north of Portugal. Alongside the river Minho, it's famous for its beautiful green landscapes; a mountain with a locally sculpted deer on top of it (that's beautifully lit-up at night); and a weekly market held on Saturdays, attracting Portuguese people from the nearby towns and a lot of Spanish visitors.
Although it is not a city (it is officially a town with around nine thousand inhabitants), it is one of the most active places in the north of Portugal when it comes to culture and entertainment activities, especially during the summer when a lot of outdoors free events take place. Bi-annualy, Vila Nova de Cerveira hosts an art exhibition that is completed with workshops in different artistic fields. If you visit Vila Nova de Cerveira during the rest of the year, you still have plenty of attractions to keep you entertained during your stay. Historic buildings and religious sites are among the most popular -- visit the Old Town Hall, Misericordia Church, or the Lovelle Fortress.
While in Vila Nova de Cerveira, an interesting option is for a day trip to neighboring Spain, to the region of Galicia. The bridge across the river Minho linking Portugal and Spain makes it easy to have an international trip on the same day!
From here, you can also visit Moledo (a village belonging to close by town Caminha), easily reached in less than half an hour by bus or train. As this is a small town, Vila Nova de Cerveira hostels and accommodation are concentrated in the very center, where you can easily go around on foot.
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