Amarante is distributed in about forty parishes, 18 of those located along the right bank of the Tâmega river and the others on the left bank of the same river. This closeness to the river makes the city attractive for lovers of fishing and nautical activities. The Serras do Marão and da Aboboleira, with its typical schist villages and diversified flora and fauna, are other points of interest for nature lovers. The historical and cultural heritage wealth is impressive: the monastery and the church of São Gonçalo, the churches of São Pedro and São Domingos, the Museu Amadeo de Souza Cardoso and the medieval bridge. In addition to these monuments, you will be able to find traces of the Romanesque style in several buildings along the streets: porticoes, arches and capitols, among others. Regarding gastronomy, we recommend the veal, the lamb or the Bacalhau à Zé da Calçada or à Custódia (codfish recipes), served with vinho verde of the region. For dessert, indulge in the conventual sweets, original from Santa Clara's convent: papos-de-anjo (sweets made with eggs, cinnamon, lemon and rum), foguetes (sweets filled with egg sauce), brisas do Tâmega (sweets made with almonds and Port wine and served in ship-like cookies), lérias (sweets made of water, brown sugar and almonds), among others.
What to do in Amarante
Convento, Igreja de São Gonçalo e Claustro
Founded in 1540, this convent features of various eras. In this monument are the main façade, the taste, the filipino side, with its three-story portico, (being the last Baroque, with pediment crowned by the Royal shield). A special attention to the balcony of Kings, five arches Gallery to the left side of the portico, the two cloisters and the interior, …
Casa da Calçada Relais & Chateaux
A 16TH-century palace, in the Centre of Amarante, just forty minutes from the port and an hour in the Douro Valley, is the Casa da Calçada. Has to offer its guests a courteous service, exquisite cuisine and a selection of special wines. Situated in the historical centre and with views of the River, the space spreads over six hectares in …
Museu Rural do Marão
This equipment is the result of the recovery of an olive oil mill of the fifth meeting, in the parish of Gondar. With an exhibition area of about 400 m2, includes sacred art, pieces of black pottery and utensils and artifacts relating to professions and rural activities, intending to demonstrate, appealingly, the history of the region, in agricultural terms, ways …
Largo do Paço
Largo do Paço restaurant is a unique space in Portugal, astonishes every minute of a meal, which is more than an ode to the palate – a true feast for all five senses. It seems strange that a space full of refinement, in truth a Palace, which by nature praises and pays tribute to the past, a hostel kitchen so …
Parque Aquático de Amarante
Several aquatic amusement park, opened in 1994, only in the North of the country. With a maximum capacity of 1200 people, offering privileged views over the river Tâmega. The amusement equipment available are the following: swimming pool for adults, children's pool, snail, Bobsleigh track, Aqualândia, multiple lanes and fast lanes. There is also a bar, a shop and an infirmary.
Golfe de Amarante
Mountain route, embellished by several waterfalls, is ideal for those who wish to play golf in one of the most beautiful scenery of Northern Portugal. Situated on Quinta da Deveza and surrounded by a beautiful and healthy environment of mountains, the course of Amarante was inaugurated in 1997 is a meandering mountain field that requires precision, due to its narrowness, …
Bolos de São Gonçalo de Amarante
Os bolos de São Gonçalo são muito conhecidos em Amarante, sobretudo por serem trocados pelos namorados no dia da festa deste santo casamenteiro, no dia 10 de janeiro.
Igreja de São João Baptista de Gatão
This Romanic temple underwent several transformations on the 15th and 17th century and the campanile is from this last period. On the building inside, stands out the six frescoes from the end of the 15th century.
Igreja de São Pedro
This 18th century temple presents, on the frontage, a bell ringer tower topped by an attic in small arches. The inside of the nave has panels of glazed tiles from the 17th century. It is worthy to be mentioned the …
Mosteiro de São Salvador de Travanca
This is one of the most known Romanic Monasteries. It is rather well conserved with rich sculptures elements and a high crenel tower with a bell which doorway displays in its tympanum an Agnus Dei. The church main doorway has …
Ponte de Amarante
The platform is sheltered by a parapet and is settled in a tubular and worked cornice. The giants crowning is done by four narrow balconies with stone terrace. In each top it is possible to see two pairs of baroque …
Adega Regional Quelha
O restaurante Adega Regional Quelha fica um pouco escondido no centro de Amarante. A porta discreta, numa fachada recém-renovada, esconde um interior rústico, decorado com objetos de lavoura e uma boa oferta de petiscos e vinho da pipa. O cabrito …
Quinta da Lama
Quinta da Lama was an old olive oil press that later became a typical restaurant, with a dcor based on clay artefacts and a rather friendly and peaceful atmosphere, where one can enjoy a familiar atmosphere and a meal with …
Hostel situated in the middle of Serra do Marão, just 20 kilometers from the city of Amarante. Features impeccable facilities, family atmosphere and exquisite service. Its privileged location offers a magnificent panoramic view over the Tâmega Valley.
Passeio por Amarante
To learn a little of Amarante, start your walk along the bridge, in the city centre. This bridge, classified as a national monument, worth a visit to admire its Baroque details and to enjoy the beautiful view over the Tâmega …
Museu Municipal Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso
This space aims to maintain the initial collections, mostly of archaeology, even though it is currently more devoted to modern and contemporary Portuguese artworks, namely of painting and sculpture, including important artists such as António Carneiro and Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso.
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Where to eat in Amarante
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Largo do Paço restaurant is a unique space in Portugal, astonishes every minute of a meal, which is…
Quinta da Lama was an old olive oil press that later became a typical restaurant, with a dcor based…
Where to sleep in Amarante
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