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Ponte de Lima

The oldest village in Portugal has a long medieval bridge that passes over the Limia River and runs besides the town. Ponte de Lima is a charming floral village with handful of gardens, fancy mansions, historical buildings and timeless views of the river bank. When the Romans came across Limia River, they were so awed by its beauty that crossing the bridge would have wiped out their memories - so they believed. Their captain crossed the river and called out their name to ensure this enchantment was false. A bridge known as the “Roman road from Braga” was built. Today, Ponte de Lima hosts the annual International Garden Festival from May to October with exhibits of themed gardens and examples of garden fashion. Visitors can explore the marketplaces, stroll or bike through the riverside paths, or take snapshots with numerous statues.