Always held on the first Saturday of each month, the Viana do Castelo Antiques Fair and Flea Market offers a bit of everything: books, antique clocks, statues, stamps, old coins and postcards.
Admission is free, which allows easier access to the event.
This street market dates back from 1412. Its allowance was granted by King João I, by Royal Charter from 19th February of that same year, at the request of the Count of Barcelos Afonso, his son.
Over the years it has undergone several changes, varying its location, day, and time of year, until it was fixed on the spot where now takes place.
The Caminha fair dates back from 1291, having been granted by D. Dinis Royal Charter, setting out a market in the village, on the third day of each month.
At this Alto Minho fair visitors will find a variety of articles, including pottery, tableware, textiles, clothing, footwear, handicrafts, and street hawkers of bread, cheese, sausages, among many other products.
One of the largest street markets in the north, it attracts hundreds of people every Saturday, especially from the largest cities of northern Portugal and Galicia.
About 250 traders expose a variety of products, especially in the sector of textiles, handicrafts, decorations and ornaments; footwear; clothing, furniture, pottery, agricultural tools, copper articles; fruits, vegetables and flowers; among others.
Held in Lanheses for the first time in 1796.
By decision of the Town Hall Associate Judge of the recently created Vila Nova de Lanhezes, property of the Lords of Paço de Lanheses, who decided to remove it from the neighbouring Meixedo parish.
Ponte de Lima claims the first documented market charter in Portugal, granted by D. Teresa, mother of D. Afonso Henriques, the first King of Portugal, dated 4th March, 1125, which makes this the oldest market charter in the country.
Time did not end this tradition and the oldest market in the country is still held bi-monthly, on the left bank of the river.
Dating back from 3rd May 1282, it took place in several locations from the Fortress to the current area in the new town.
The weekly market, on Wednesdays, is one of the largest in Portugal, with over three hundred and fifty tents presenting clothing, home textiles, "rags", shoes, jewellery, local and regional handicrafts and seasonal fruits.