Rua Acacio Lino, Lote 53, Amarante, 4600-045, Portugal
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Pastry by the Bridge
Monastery and Bridge
Green banks of River Tamega
Travel Tips for Amarante
Amarante's architecture being very simple is also very charming (to me). It consists of small buildings with huge wooden windows; some of these buildings are colourful while others are plain simple, contrasting with the wood's dark colour.
Apart from the simple buildings there are also some contrasting manor houses, with nice balconies and some of them show panels made in azulejos (typical Portuguese hand painted tiles).
Amarante is part of the District of Porto, located on the North of the country. It is situated about 50km of Porto. But we visited Amarante when in Vila Real, the adjoining district, as Amarante is nearer Vila Real than Porto – only 30km separate the two cities.
For those who enjoy green areas, Amarante has plenty to offer. There is a nice green park by the end of the road that runs along the River Tamega.
Apart from the park, it is also possible to enjoy a quiet and relaxing stroll through a wooden path that runs by the River, shaded by trees. I’m sure both options will please nature lovers as both are very pleasant and relaxing, apart from providing beautiful views.
If you leave Amarante following the signs to Mesão Frio you will soon reach a crossroad with a sign to the right side saying “Aldeias Preservadas”. That means something like preserved villages. We decided to follow that sign and we don’t regret it at all.
You will be going up a hill with wonderful landscape around you and breathtaking views over the surrounding hills and valleys.
Soon you will reach the so-called preserved village, that is a lovely small village, lost in the hill and which seems to have stopped in time. Houses are built in granite; people are elderly and very friendly and live mainly from agriculture and raising kettle. While browsing through the village at the end of day, we could feel in the air the scent of fireplaces, as the nights there were already chilly (October 2004).
Serra do Marão is a beautiful mountain on the outskirts of Amarante. I’d recommend a visit to this imposing mountain as it provides breathtaking landscapes, both when driving (or hiking) through it and when stopping at one of its view points.
This area is off the beaten path even for Portuguese people, so you will surely enjoy the quietness of this mountain. Weather may be a bit of an “uncertainty factor” – you may get sun on one side and then while going up or down weather would change drastically and get cloudy.
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