The beautiful village of Cinfães is located on a sloping hillside overlooking the river Douro and limited to the south by Serra de Montemuro. Its history is directly linked to the Templar Knights, who possessed here strongholds, and to several populations that left numerous traces in their paths. Among these are included the Romans, who are responsible for the construction of numerous bridges and churches that enrich the local heritage. Serpa Pinto, a famous explorer of the African continent, is its most famous character. Located in an area of vast hydrographic features, with the Douro to the north and flanked by the rivers Paiva and Cabrum, the Bestança river is the only watercourse exclusively cinfanense. The scenery in its valley is of an immense beauty with waterfalls, windmills, bridges and stone houses, in addition to numerous archaeological remains, most of them in good condition. In recent years, with the eyes of the world increasingly focused in the Douro region, Cinfães has been investing in the tourism activity through the creation of conditions for the practice of water sports and nature activities, quality hotel units and in the promotion of its gastronomy, wines and crafts. The artisanal activity is rich and varied and ranges from the cloakroom and basketry, tinsmith and weaving to the typical clogs and wooden miniatures. Those who visit Cinfães cannot fail to taste the local cuisine. Cabrito ou anho assado com arroz do forno (roasted lamb or goat with rice cooked in the oven), torresmos (pork rinds), papas milhas com fígado de porco cozido (kind of mash made with cooked pork's liver), bolo de forno de farinha de milho com carne gorda ou sardinhas (kind of salty cake made with corn flour and fatty meat or sardines), arroz de lampreia (lamprey rice dish) e lampreia à bordalesa (kind of lamprey stew made with Vinho Verde and ham), sável frito (fried shad), carnes de porco fumadas (smoked pork meats) e rojões à moda de Cinfães (pork dish with potatoes) are the most wanted delicacies. Regarding sweets, taste the delicious pão-de-ló de Cinfães (kind of sponge cake), doces de manteiga (kind of butter cookies), sopa seca (sweet made with leftover bread, water, sugar and cinnamon), formigos (kind of mousse made with Port Wine, raisins, pinions, cinnamon and lemon), bolinhos de centeio (rye cookies) and falachas de farinha de castanha pilada (kind of thin cookies made of homemade chestnut flour). These dishes are of course all accompanied by the delicious local Vinho Verde.
What to do in Cinfães
Vistas da Serra da Gralheira
From the second highest parish in Portugal one may view one of the most dazzling landscapes that the country has to offer. From the top, at an altitude of 1052 metres, one may view the Montemuro mountain with the Paiva valley to the north and the granite Caramulo mountain to the south. One should also go down to the village …
In the Alto Douro, Altamira, built in the 19th century, is a good starting point from which to explore the famous wines of the region, without forgetting its gastronomy. From your balcony, views over the Douro River are breathtaking.
Igreja de Nossa Senhora da Natividade de Escamarão
This is a romanic – gothic temple where the stone work on the doorways stands out, and also from the triumphal arch and from the openings illuminating the behead. On the lateral altars from the triumphal arch there are mudejar …
Casa da Cultura de Cinfães
This remodelled building where several events take place was once named Casa da Ribeira or old Casa dos Magistrados. It also has a space that is devoted to the new techonologies.
Igreja de Santa Maria Maior de Tarouquela
Romanesque temple founded by Canons of St. Augustine, single copy of monastic Church in the current municipality of Cinfães. Presents in the façade a portal with three archivolts and capitals decorated with Zoomorphic motifs and tympanum decorated. On the South …
Quinta da Ventozela
Space consisting of eight rooms spread over the main house, Casa da Eira and Caretaker's House. This unit of Turismo de Habitação resulting from recovery and modernisation of a Manor House dating back to the second quarter of the 17th …
Miradouro de Tendais
A place with lovely views of the surrounding region. There is a fountain and stone tables and benches.
Hotel Porto Antigo
Framed by a beautiful backdrop-stays in place overlooking the water mirror of the Albufeira of the "Carrapatelo" lagoon, flanked by terraces of the Douro –, the Inn offers eight excellent rooms, situated in the new wing, with panoramic balcony, where …
Casa do Moleiro
The Miller's House is a Rural tourism unit with two cottages, one with capacity for eight people and one for four people. Is situated in a charming village (Pelisqueira), municipality of Cinfães, on the slopes of the Serra do Montemuro …
Moinho das Travessas
Caster picturesque mill that still works, located in the ribeiro da Granja. Is inserted in the leisure park and picnic area built by the defense and promotion of the parish of Oliveira.
Serra de Montemuro
Comprised between the Douro river, to the north, and the Paiva river, to the south, by the town of Lamego. The hill's peak is named Montemuro, at an altitude of 1381 metres. The entire hill has a lot of relief …
Igreja de São Cristovão de Nogueira
Deeply changed in the modern age, the Church of St. Christopher, the former municipality of Nogueira, is structurally a medieval building of the late Romanesque, of whose period subsists the axial portal and, laterally, dogs, cornices and portions of friezes. …
Jardim Serpa Pinto
A garden located near the Mother Church of Cinfães, with the bust of the Africa's explorer Serpa Pinto. A pleasant space with plenty of shade and a few fountains and garden benches.
Ponte da Balsa
Ancient arched bridge built in stone, alongside which was recently built a small wooden bridge. Inserted in a fluvial area completely recovered and pleasant, the space has been the location for cultural and leisure activities.
Museu Serpa Pinto
Inugurated in 2000, this space used to house the local GNR (a branch of the police). It is composed of thre rooms, one of which with craftsworks, another with archaeological findings of the parish and a third one with temporary …
Where to eat in Cinfães
Italian, Portuguese, Regional, Vegetarian
A typical restaurant and pizzeria located in a small rustic villa. It has a small terrace and a var…
Pertencente ao Hotel Porto antigo, este espaço elegante e simpático oferece uma ementa variada com …
A simple and familiar restaurant located in a villa.
A typical restaurant that specializes in rgional dishe prepared in the wood oven. It has a small te…
A typical restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere that has a terrace with panoramic views.
Where to sleep in Cinfães
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