The lovely city is bathed by River Tamega. Amarante’s beautiful architecture by its margins and green streets reflect on its water. The River is crossed by a Roman bridge that leads visitors into the city’s historic centre with beautiful churches and narrow streets amidst pleasant houses and welcoming locals.
Along its quiet margins is noticeable the River's importance to the city’s amusement: boats for renting, fishermen, picnics ad green parks. Also, there is a huge offer of restaurants with tables on big balconies that overlook the River for a pleasant lunch or dinner.
For some information about the lovely city and a detailed street map with major highlights go to the Tourism Office. When you cross the roman bridge towards the church turn right and the Tourism Office is situated on a white building by the green lawn. It is opened every day, including weekends and bank holidays.
When I visited Amarante in May 2004, the city was under the work of being decorated for the local festivities. Streets were decorated with colourful pieces and lights. These local festivities take place in the begining ofJune and all city is involved with typical celebrations.
For further details of the festivities that take place every year in June, check the City Hall's website as they show a detailed program of what is about to happen (music concerts, exhibitions and so on). www.cm-amarante.pt
Constructions made by children
During one of my visits to Amarante I saw an exhibition on the green lawn by the Tourism Office and the Museum. This exhibition consisted of several constructions made by local children from the kindergarten; they used recyclable materials to build the constructions. The constructions referred to some professions as well as some other figures such as a witch and a bride. My 3 y.o. son found this quiet amusing and I guess it was one of his favourite “discoveries” in Amarante.
River Douro and its margins, covered in vineyards are one of the most beautiful landscapes in Portugal, and Amarante is near this gorgeous area. There is part of the Douro landscape that is classified by Unesco as World Heritage site.
Vinho do Porto (Porto sweet wine) is renowned all over the world and it is produced on these breathtaking slopes that border the River. The grapes and harvest are a tradition for decades.
Mesão Frio is about 22km from Amarante and it is a renowned village of this Douro region – don’t miss!