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).

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