Ponte de Lima
|Ponte de Lima|
|— Municipality —|
|District/A.R.||Viana do Castelo|
|• Mayor||Vítor Mendes (CDS-PP)|
|• Total||320.3 km2 (123.7 sq mi)|
|• Density||139.5/km2 (361/sq mi)|
Ponte de Lima (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpõt(ɨ) ðɨ ˈlimɐ]) is a town in Portugal of 2,800 inhabitants and also a municipality with a total area of 320.3 km² and a total population of 44,667 inhabitants (2006).
The municipality is composed of 51 parishes and is located in the district of Viana do Castelo. It is named after the long medieval bridge that passes over the Lima river that runs next to the town.
The municipal holiday is September 20.
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Ponte de Lima is located in the southern bank of the Lima, a small river with sources in Spain.
One of the oldest towns in Portugal (founded on the 4th March 1125), it was historically significant as a Roman settlement in the road from Braga to Santiago de Compostela and Lugo, and the first place in Portugal getting a municipal charter.
Every second Monday, it holds one of the largest country markets in Portugal. In the second weekend of September, Ponte de Lima hold the Feiras Novas (the new fairs) for three days since 1826, granted by the Royal Provision of king Peter IV of Portugal.
The attractive rural area around has the largest concentration of baroque manors in Portugal (Bertiandos, Brandara, Calheiros, and Pomarchão are among the best known); Some provide tourism accommodation. Ponte de Lima is also known in the region for its red Vinho Verde wines.