Bordered by the coveted Douro river, Alijó was a target of several attacks, from Muslim assaults to Spanish invasions. After the Christian reconquest, the area was resettled and, in 1226, Dom Sancho II granted it the town charter. Inserted in the famous Douro Demarcated Region, it is also bounded by the Tua and Tinhela rivers. Its territory presents two markedly different zones: the zone further south, where lush landscapes with vineyards in perfectly aligned terraces stand out; and the northern area, more rural, which mainly produces olive oil. Be sure to visit this beautiful area, with all that the Douro has to offer. Gastronomically speaking, we could not fail to mention the smoked meats, cozido à portuguesa (traditional stew of different meats and vegetables), the tripas à transmontana (regional dish made with beef stomach) and the meatball. The desserts are also not neglected: cavacas (sweets made with eggs lemon), quinzinhos, bolo borrachão (cake made with Port wine), pão-de-ló de água (kind of sponge cake with water), almond pudding and amêndoas cobertas de Santa Eugénia (Santa Eugenia covered almonds).
Best Of Alijó
Pousada Barão de Forrester
The Pousada Barão de Forrester, situated in the Centre of the quiet village of Alijó and one of the most emblematic hotels in Douro, reopened in 2013, after rehabilitation works that make it closer to the wine heritage of the demarcated Douro region (RDD) and of its history. The name of the Inn, Baron de Forrester, beat rest a special …
Região Demarcada do Douro Vinhateiro
An area of 26 thousand hectares, classed by the UNESCO as Mankind's Heritage, in the category of cultural landscape. This region has been producing the worldwide famous Port Wine and others for over 2000 years.
Vintage House Hotel
Charming Hotel framed in a landscape of unique beauty. With the Douro right in front, this space provides a quiet stay full of comfort. The restaurant, where you will discover the gastronomy of the region, be expected from budget hotel with know. There is also the "Académie du Vin", where you can catch privileged contact with the world of wines.
Passeio por Pinhão
Leaving the beautiful Pinhão station, where you can observe their nineteenth-century tiles with images that reflect the life of the region, you can enjoy the magnificent panoramas of the Pinion offers: two rivers intersect, the station itself and the railways, and the train bridge, all integrated in the beautiful green hills. Finish with a stroll through the beautiful riverfront, where …
Edifício dos Paços do Concelho de Alijó
Baroque architecture building with facades of two storeys, consisting of two bodies, an 18th century and other 19th century. The main façade is torn by Bay Windows and crowned by a backrest cut with stone weapons. The lateral facades and …
Igreja Matriz de Alijó / Igreja de Santa Maria Maior
Baroque and neoclassical Church which features a nave and a chancel with vestry located near. The interior has tall, coro-inlaid confessionals, pulpit in the Gospel side, two lateral and two altarpieces, polychrome carving side and neoclassical gilt altarpiece and a …
Casa-Museu Maurício Penha
Located between the Fonte de Baixo, the gricha and the medieval Quintã Street, This restored 1700s building that onc belonged to the Penha family, exhibits the collection of the sculptor Maurício Penha.
Cêpa Torta, in Alijó, managed to combine tradition and modernity, serving the most genuine products with contemporary and modern presentation. With a simpler present for lunch, and with more elaborate dinner menus, always uses possible source and certified products always …
Quinta de Fiães
This agrotourism Unit results from harmonious recovery of ancient buildings dedicated to Douro wine, being one of the buildings an ancient Manor House. Quinta de Fiães offers several activities related to wine and olive cultivation cycles, and with local gastronomic …