The landscape of Amares is distinctly rural, characterized by the crossing of the Homem and Cávado Rivers. Its tower houses, Roman bridges and main religious monuments are points of attraction, like the Caldelas Baths, which welcome countless thermal bathers every year, thanks to the quality of its waters. Birthplace of historical figures, such as D. Gualdim Pais, D. Mendo Moniz and the poet Sá de Miranda, Amares is also where the famous Vinhos Verdes are produced, perfectly combined with the flavors of Minho cuisine. "Sarrabulho" and "rojões" top the order list, as does “pica-no-chão” rice. In handicrafts, highlights include linen, wool and cotton items, blankets, baskets, rugs, paintings made of dried fruit peels, wooden pieces, among others.
What to do in Amares
Mosteiro de Santo André de Rendufe / Mosteiro de Rendufe
Baroque Benedictine monastery renovated in the 16th and 18th centuries. It has a church, rebuilt in the 18th century, with a symmetrical facade and two bell towers. The barrel-vaulted roof and the gilded altarpiece are worth highlighting. Also, worth mentioning, although it is in ruins, is the cloister area, made up of nine-bay galleries, with Tuscan granite columns, a decorative …
Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Abadia
Sanctuary composed of via cross chapels, support buildings for pilgrims, fountains, cross and church. The Sanctuary of Nossa Senhora da Abadia already has a long tradition, being considered by many to be the oldest Marian Sanctuary in Portugal, dating back to the 7th and 8th centuries. Surrounding it is a stunning nature.
Termas de Caldelas
Perfectly integrated into the landscape that integrates Amares, the Caldelas spa consists of water spouts, a spa and a physical medicine and rehabilitation center. Renovated in 2005, maintaining the original design, it provides all the necessary conditions to carry out the treatments it offers. There are accommodation options that suit the duration of the treatments.
Jardim das Termas de Caldelas
The Caldelas Hot Springs are a place dedicated to rest and combating everyday stress. Its green gardens and large trees help you relax and spend peaceful moments.
Miradouro da Senhora da Paz
Viewpoint located on Monte da Santinha or Senhora da Paz, with views over the village of Amares and the Cávado River valley. The contrast of the white houses with the green of the fields marks the landscape.
Praia da Malheira
Pleasant place, located on the left bank of the Homem River, with plenty of wooded space and a children's playground. In this area, the river is low and its waters are very calm.
Foz do Rio Homem
The Homem River is a tributary on the right bank of the Cávado, with a length of 37 kilometers. It rises in the Serra do Gerês and it is on this river that the Vilarinho das Furnas hydroelectric plant is …
Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Bouro
Although the conventual part is in ruins, the church, rebuilt in the 18th century, presents a harmonious façade dominated by five sculptures representing the four evangelists and Saint Louis. Inside, the gilded altarpiece and the Joanine sacristy stand out with …
Ponte de Rodas
Bridge with a flat profile deck over three unequal arches with narrow, long voussoirs with an irregular top. It has two buttresses with a triangular cutwater and a rectangular cutwater and outline in granite stonework.
Ponte do Porto/ Ponte de Prozelo
Bridge over the Cávado river with a length of 150 meters. It dates from the 14th century and stands out for the irregular dimensions and shapes of the various buttress arches that make it up.
Ruínas da Torre e Honra de Vasconcelos / Casa dos Mouros
Set consisting of a tower to which a residential annex was later attached. The tower is a quadrangular building. The ruin also has the ground floor and part of the first floor. The original access door has a perfect round …
Museu do Santuário de Nossa Senhora da Abadia
Museum dedicated to religious ethnography and which includes a collection of offerings and ex-votos resulting from the fulfillment of promises. Sacred art, statuary, implements, documentation and religious manifestations, as well as ethnographic, folklore and craft elements are part of its …
Where to eat in Amares
A recent Pousada of Portugal, built in a monastery of the order of Cister, dating back to the 12th …
A centenary restaurant that serves well prepared dishes of the Minho region and has a kind service.…
Restaurant belonging to Star of Minho, quiet Residential and familiar, with suggestions of traditio…
A simple and economic house, with fast service and well prepared dishes. Wine list with excellent …
Where to sleep in Amares
The Pousade de Santa Maria do Bouro, Amares, was a 12th-century former monastery of the Cistercian order, which was fully recovered and turned in one of the mo…
Granite House with a fabulous panoramic views. Situated next to the Roman Geira.
Stone House with two bedrooms, living room and kitchen. It also has a threshing floor in stone and garden.
The municipality of Fafe, located at baixo Minho region, still preserves some rurality marks. In fact, this territory has marks of a rural aristocrac…
Póvoa de Lanhoso
Located in the heart of Minho and in a region with designation of origin of the vinho Verde, halfway between Braga and Peneda-Gerês National Park, th…
Braga has two sides: an ancient one and focused on a devout past and the other, more recent, focused on a young and dynamic future. It is known as th…
Esposende is a town situated on the north coast of Braga district, more precisely at the mouth of Cávado river. Surrounded by pine forests, it is kno…