The Lima River (Lima in Portuguese and Limia in Spanish and Galician) is a river which streams westward from Galicia (in Spain) to Portugal, with a length of 108 kilometres (67 mi).

Lima River
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Lima Bridge on Lima River in Ponte de Lima, Portugal
Lima River is located in Portugal
Lima River
Location within Portugal
Native nameRio Lima
CountryPortugal, Spain
CountyNorte Region, Portugal
Physical characteristics
 • locationNorte Region, Portugal
 • location
Viana do Castelo, Norte Region, Portugal
 • coordinates
41°40′57″N 8°50′13″W / 41.6824°N 8.8369°W / 41.6824; -8.8369Coordinates: 41°40′57″N 8°50′13″W / 41.6824°N 8.8369°W / 41.6824; -8.8369

The source of the Limia is Talariño Mountain at 975 metres (3,199 ft) above sea level, close to the Paradiña village in the Sarreaus municipality (Ourense, Spain). In Spain, it extends for 41 km and it is known by many regional names such as Alariño, Freixo, or Mourenzo; however, the official term in Galicia is Limia. It crosses the border into Portugal close to the Lindoso village, crosses Ponte da Barca and Ponte de Lima, and reaches the Atlantic in Viana do Castelo.

The Romans identified the Lima (called Limaeas) with the mythical Lethe and also said that some geographers of Celtiberia called it the Belion.[1]

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  1. ^ Thayer, Roman E. "Book III, Chapter 3". Strabo Geography. University of Chicago. Retrieved 12 October 2019.