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).
What to do in 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 …
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 pelo 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 …
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.
Casa de Casal de Loivos
17th century Manor House, integrated in a property with port wine culture. The hotel has six rooms, all with private bathroom. Possibility, by appointment, to boat trips on the River Douro. Guests can also take advantage of the swimming pool …
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Up to date tourist information about the city's top attractions
National Road 222: The most romantic road in Portugal
With the Alto Douro Wine Region as company, embark on this romantic road trip on the EN222, considered one of the most …
Road trip in Alto Douro Wine Region: 10 vineyards and harvests to discover
Up to mid-October, there are special programmes for oenophiles, which include visits to traditional wine presses, tasti…
Where to eat in Alijó
Contemporary, Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
Cêpa Torta, in Alijó, managed to combine tradition and modernity, serving the most genuine products…
Situated within the Pousada Barão de Forrester, the Baron Restaurant, is a space of encounter with …
The LBV 79 is the LBV House Hotel restaurant in Alijó. The Douro River is the scenario that you wil…
A restaurant with a good service. It features typical and regional Portuguese dishes.
Where to sleep in Alijó
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 y…
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 re…
This agrotourism Unit results from harmonious recovery of ancient buildings dedicated to Douro wine, being one of the buildings an ancient Manor House. Quinta …
Murça lies in the transition of the Transmontana and Duriense regions and has an inviting landscape of vineyards and olive groves in the south and of…
Sabrosa is a municipality that borders the River Douro, inserting in demarcated region of port wine. No wonder, then, that the landscapes are mostly …
Inserted on the border between the Earth and the Earth Cold Hot Transmontana, the toponym of Valpaços appears mentioned in documents of the 12th cent…
Vila Pouca de Aguiar
The municipality of Vila Pouca de Aguiar, located in a strategic point and road between the mountains and Alvão Padrela, is part of the Alto Tâmega s…