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Arcos de Valdevez is a town and municipality in Portugal's Minho region. Arcos is on the border with Galicia, Spain, and the municipality serves as a gateway to Peneda-Gerês National Park, with several of its civil parishes falling within the park's boundaries.


Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Peneda.

Arcos de Valdevez (AHR-koozh d(ih) vahl-d(ih)-VIHSH, /ˈaɾ.kuʒ dɨ vaɫ.dɨ.ˈveʃ/) municipality has 20,729 residents (2021).

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The IC28 road provides access to Arcos from the A3 motorway (Autoestrada de Entre-Douro-e-Minho) and the A27 motorway (Autoestrada do Vale do Lima).

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Map of Arcos de Valdevez


  • 1 Miradouro dos Socalcos (Socalcos Viewpoint), Porta do Cova, Sistelo. Spectacular views of a tiny mountain village and its surrounding greenery.
  • 2 Paço da Giela, Giela, +351 258 520 529. 15 Jun–15 Sep: Tu–Su 10:00–13:00 & 15:00–19:00, closed M; 16 Sep–14 Jun: Tu–Su 10:00–13:00 & 14:00–18:00, closed M. Medieval palace, a national monument since 1910. €1, kids 12 & under free. Paço da Giela (Q10347010) on Wikidata
  • 3 Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Peneda. Grand 18th-century church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, with 300 m (980 ft) stairway with 20 chapels. Its mountain setting offers breathtaking views. Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Peneda (Q10368306) on Wikidata







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