The municipality of Valpaços was founded in the nineteenth century, although it is thought that this region was already inhabited in prehistoric times and later occupied by the Romans, as is in fact proved by the many remains to be found here from that period.
The name “Valpaços” probably derives from the Latin word “vallis pacis”, meaning “valley of peace”.
The municipality of Valpaços is located in the district of Vila Real, in the north of Portugal. It is bordered by the municipalities of Chaves, Vila Pouca de Aguiar, Mondim de Basto and Murça.
In touristic therms, Valpaços has a lot to offer. There are many different activities that can be enjoyed here, such as hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching and much more.
The municipality of Valpaços is also home to a number of historical and cultural sites, such as the Castle of Valpaços, the Chapel of São Miguel de Balsemão and the Museum of Valpaços.