The route: Facha to Ponte de Lima
(Manor Houses of the Minho
Minho is old Portugal, an elegant region of stately manor houses, arboured vineyards and rolling hills. If the Portuguese were to make their version of Downton Abbey
I suspect they'd set it here. The route meanders along narrow, cobbled lanes to reach the hamlet of Passagem where corncob carpets dry in the sunshine. From here it follows the course of the River Lima, maybe passing an occasional heron or blink-and-you'll-miss-it kingfisher, to Portugal's oldest town, Ponte de Lima.
Sarrabulho is so popular there are sarrabulho cofradias
(guilds) and festivals dedicated to it. It's a two part concoction that requires an appetite of ravenous proportions. One consists of a risotto-like combination of rice, blood sausage and cubes of meat. The other involves a mini mountain of pork, chicken, beef, sausage, blood sausage and potatoes.