Vieira do Minho is the second most mountainous municipality of Braga.
The former Verner (Vieira first name) received a charter of king Manuel I to November 15, 1514.
It ocuppies an area of 216,2 square kilometers; is bordered at north by Amares, Terras de Bouro and Montalegre; at esat by Montalegre and Cabeceiras de Basto; at south by Fafe and at wset by Póvoa de Lanhoso. its population stands at around 15000 inhabitants according to the Cencus 1991.
Merouço, Gerês and particularly Cabreira saws characterize and represent the landscape as well as the geographical boundary of the county. Among these, is Cabreira that best identifies with the people of this land. Provides pastures for livestock, wood and water for irrigates the fertile valleys and supplies the villages.
Rivers Cávado and Ave and its tributaries provide places of great natural beauty. The existing 4 dams in the county are a major source of wealth for the production of hydroelectricity. The Ermal dam is fed by Ave´s river and was built in 1938. It occupies an area of 163 hectares, capacity of 22 million cubic meters of water, 23,5 kilometers of perimeter and an average annual production of 95 GWH.
The surrounding area offers excellent opportunities to practice high-quality tourism. The Caniçada dam feded by Cávado and its tributaries, was built in 1955. It occupies an area of 689 hectares, the capacity to 144.4 million cubic meters of water and an average annual production of 305 GWH, and we could still enjoy views of rare beauty on the Geres.
The Salamonde dam, built in 1953, occupies an area of 242 hectares, has 56.8 million cubic feet of capacity and an average annual production of 220 GWH. The village next to the Central, formerly the EDP for employees, could be one of the best tourist infrastructure in the region.
Dam of Venda Nova, located upstream of Caniçada and Salamonde, already at the limit of the County, was built in 1951. It occupies an area of 400 hectares, much of which the county Montalegre. It has a capacity of 94.8 million cubic meters and its average annual production is around 360 GWh.
The parishes that currently constitute the municipality of Vieira do Minho, formerly belonged to various counties, terms, hunting grounds, villas and honors now extinct: the case of Parada de Bouro, Ribeira de Soaz, Ruivães, Rossas Vila Boa da Roda. The people are its greatest virtue. It was he who shaped the mountains and the valley and took advantage of the gifts that nature gives you: sun, water and earth. The kindness and generosity in hosting, is one of the most cherished characteristics of these people