Fishing & Boating on the River Minho
The picture above looking up river was taken in September; where
you see a beige bank in the distance on the other side of the river
is where the last set of rapids are found; there is some white water
past the villa to the west but aside a safe navigation channel.
Below is a picture taken from the villa of that white water section
when the river was lower. What looks like an island in the river
below is often flooded; many fisherman use this point to fish the
waters at the end of the rapids. The wall jutting into the river
just visible further on was once used to hold salmon nets across
the river; there is a similar one coming from the villa's land.
If you would like a quicktime movie of the short walk down from
this property's lower gate to the river, please contact the owner
harvesters - if you can not click the email link, the email address
The villa / quinta is located just west of this last hard to navigate
section of the River Minho / Rio Mino. As such quite a few boats
come up from Moncao and Salvaterra's public slipways to fish here,
plus many fishermen walk down via the public footpath to a point
directly in front of the property to fish there around May, when
the Savel (Shad) run upstream to breed. A few salmon also still
make the river trip, though not in any great number; trout can be
caught year round here. Local fishermen use spinning lures and a
permit costs a few Euros. Where they fish from the bank is actually
quite a nice picnic spot and they sometimes bring their family with
them, although the other side of the river is the place for that.
Every year the Spanish authorities drop several lorry loads of sand
onto the bank in a clearing so that families can come down to the
river and swim and relax; it is called a "Praia Fluvial"
(river beach). There are some trees / places to either moor or pull
up a boat, so it is an easy matter to take a small boat from our
private slipway over there. This villa has the only private slipway
in the area; only the property owners can physically use it as the
public footpath is not wide enough for other people to bring their
boats down. However, while the slipway is old and in need of repair,
though for most boats it is unnecessary. If new owners want to rebuild
the slipway, there would need to be a legal process. But, as the
slipway is shown on the original architect plans, the existing owner's
sales details and goes back time immemorial (this used to be a contraband
crossing point back in history), then this should be achievable.
This is a view west, looking down river. Just around the bend in
the river is Moncao on your left and Salvaterra on your right. During
the summer months many children come, especially in school groups
to kayak and sail in small Hobbie type sailboats. The river police
on both sides regularly keep an eye out for jet skis which technically
are legal (if they are licensed which most are not) but are not
practical because of a speed limit along this stretch; with the
swimmers, kayakers, fishing boats and small sailing boats, jet ski
owners tend to avoid the area anyway. The land here on the riverbank
technically belongs to the villa, but you have no rights over it
(it is public access). The slipway is suitable for a small sail
boat, inflatable or conventional fiberglass fishing boat. Under
Portuguese law in order to get a boat license, you first need to
get a swimming certificate; this can be done at the local public
swimming pool in Moncao. Both sides of the river tend to be quite
calm and safe but the river is often fast moving and very dangerous
in the middle.
Above, local children take canoeing / kayaking classes.