Amarante Travel Guide

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Amarante Things to Do

  • Parque Aquatico

    Sorry this was a complete ripp off.Costs 17 € for an adult and 8,5 € for a kid up to 11 years old for a water theme park... well, there was (not so clean) water ....3 different slides (okay, they all had about 4 lanes) and a few pools for very small kids, for small kids, older kids and regular people... but that is about all you can say about this...

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  • Along the Tamega

    If you have the time, take it to stroll along the banks of the Tamega river here in Amarante, a cool break from the hot summer sun of Portugal.

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  • Igreja de Sao Goncalo

    Igreja de Sao Goncalo, is of course the main reason for arriving at Amarante, I have added a link to a panoramic view that I enjoyed at (http://www.panoramio.com/photo/13688854).These other sites explain the history and have some amazing photos, much better than any that I took and were part of the reason we decided to...

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  • Inside the Monastery

    Nowadays is hard to find a Monastery, Basilicas, Mother churches where you don't pay to visit them, well this one the entrance was free (in 2004).You can admire a magnificent two-storey Renaissance cloister.

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  • Chafariz

    When I was wandering around I started hearing a beautiful voice singing Gregorian songs. I looked inside a room and there was only a priest singing. The acoustic interior was incredible, it seemed there was a group of people singing.

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  • The Inside of S. Goncalo Church

    I always like to see the inside churches, all are different and with special beauty.This church is lovely. The entrance is free!

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  • The façade São Gonçalo church

    As i said before the façade of the Church of Saint Gonçalo worth well a look.You will admire Saints and beautiful images there.PS: Enlarge the pic

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  • Mosteiro de São Gonçalo

    The Monastery of Saint Gonçalo is lovely, a great piece of art. You will admire a beautiful façade and an amazing inside. Don't miss!

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  • Museum

    On this museum, situated by the Monastery, you may find some interesting pieces dedicated to São Gonçalo (patron of the city) and to the fertility cult (it is said that St Gonçalo made several festivities to make married couples and prevent that man and woman lived in sin). But my favourite pieces (paintings) on this museum are the works of cubist...

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  • More historic centre to discover

    But the historic centre of the city isn’t limited to this bank of the River. Crossing the Bridge to the opposite side (opposite to the Monastery) there are more narrow cobbled streets to discover and get lost in. Be sure not to miss it!The French invasions took some of Amarante’s beautiful houses that were burnt down during the attacks, but there...

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  • Historic Centre

    As you leave the Monastery you cross the square and you may explore part of the historic centre from there on. Going up the street there are some pleasant houses with interesting architecture as well as nice manor houses. Also to mention that some services are situated on nice styled and well kept houses as is the case of the post office and some...

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  • Roman Bridge

    Once you arrive in the historic centre of Amarante you cannot miss the Roman Bridge. It crosses the River Tâmega and most certainly you will be crossing it by foot. Beware that traffic is allowed on this stone bridge (one way only) so watch where you are walking.Along the Bridge there are some kind of “larger” areas – I will call them balconies as...

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Amarante Hotels

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Amarante Restaurants

  • Worth every dime!

    Traditional Portuguese cuisine with an ultra modern twist is how I'd ultimately describe this gem of a one star Michelin restaurant located in the five star Hotel Casa da Calçada in Amarante, Portugal. It's really not as intimidating, nor as expensive as it sounds. The building is situated along the Tâmega River and we sat at a table overlooking...

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  • Restaurante Estoril for the view

    While parking along the side of the Igreja de Sao Goncalo before visiting we went to the Tamega riverside for a look. From that point we could see a restaurant with a balcony hanging over the river with a view back toward the church and the Ponte de Sao Goncalo, we decided that we should eat lunch there.Sorry to say that we were late for lunch, it...

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  • Nice Cafes

    While i was in Amarante i could see nice cafés with outdoors tables from where the river view is amazing. It is great to take a good drink while enjoy the view :-)

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  • Delicious!

    A few km outside Amarante there are the “preserved villages” – both to the right and to the left of the road. If you follow the sign to the left you will come across a familiar restaurant on the crossroad – it is called Restaurante Casa do Silva. We had dinner once there and we enjoyed it a lot. The recommend food on this small and simple...

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  • By the Monastery

    By the Monastery there is a pleasant terrace with open door café. We went there both during the day and at night and it was always very pleasant. It isn’t usually very crowded, service is regular and so are the products. What struck me the most about this terrace was the location – by the Monastery and overlooking the Bridge, River and the other...

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  • Fabulous pastry

    By the Bridge on a nice building and with a balcony overlooking the River there is a pleasant restaurant and café. I never used it as a restaurant, so I can't account to the quality of the food, but I used it more than once as a café and to this I can assure that the pastry it is delicious!! Service is very nice and the location is superb!! Pastry...

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Amarante Transportation

  • Walking

    Walking is the best option to explore Amarante. The square by the Monastery is restricted to traffic and from here you will easily walk to main must sees within the city – all are very close to each other. On the other streets of historic centre, although cars are allowed, I noticed that there was some traffic as streets are very narrow and there...

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  • By car

    Arriving in Amarante is very easy if you are travelling by car. Both driving from Porto or from Vila Real you should take the IP4 fast road and just follow the signs – access is very well signalized. If you are driving from Vila Real you will go through a swirling road down the Marão Mountain which is very scenic.When you arrive in Amarante the...

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  • By feet

    This tip is under construction.For now I just put the photo but I will describe it soon.Please come back later :-))

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Amarante Shopping

  • Typical sweets

    In Amarante there are several typical sweets, all made with eggs and sugar. Their names vary – lérias, papos de freira, and much more – but basically they all consist, as I mentioned, of a base made with eggs and sugar.I bought some of these tasty sweets at the café shown on the photo (by the Roman Bridge). Their pastry is very good and cheap. They...

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  • Traditional shops

    While wandering around Amarante’s historic centre we came across some traditional shops that are harder to find these days in bigger cities. They are a kind of old fashioned supermarket that sells every kind of product, even birds!! On one of these shops (shown on the photo, just after you leave the Monastery square behind) fruit is very tasty and...

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Amarante Local Customs

  • Festivities

    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...

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  • Typical sweets

    In Amarante there are several typical sweets, all made with eggs and sugar. Their names vary – lérias, papos de freira, and much more – but basically they all consist, as I mentioned, of a base made with eggs and sugar. Some have some other ingredients, such as cinnamon, and are more or less cooked, but all are undoubtedly delicious!! You should...

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  • Feasts, Fairs and Traditions

    This tip is under construction.For now I just put the photo but I will describe it soon.Please come back later :-))

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Amarante Off The Beaten Path

  • Boat on the river

    A pleasant and refreshing way to discover the River and its banks and also to admire the city from the River is to rent a pedal boat. These boats are available near the Tourism Office and the Roman Bridge and may be rented for a period of time. Afterwards, all you need to do is to pedal along the River and enjoy it.

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  • More preserved villages

    If you don’t turn right on the mentioned crossroad (previous tip) a little bit ahead there is another sign to another preserved village, but this time you must turn left. This next village is situated on a green valley by a water stream. There is a little stone bridge over the water stream which you must cross to reach the village’s stone houses. I...

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  • Preserved villages

    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...

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Amarante Sports & Outdoors

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    by ncfg Updated Mar 21, 2005

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    I am sure this beautiful river is great to make some water sports.
    I could see some small boats, called Guigas, along the river.

    Equipment: The boat is called by Guigas

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Amarante Favorites

  • River Tamega

    The River Tamega, just amazing! From the bridge you can admire its green colour because of the trees on its banks. Just amazing view!

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  • Famous personalities

    Amarante is the birthplace of some notorious Portuguese, such as the poet Teixeira de Pascoaes and the writer Agustina Beça Luis. Also the famous cubist painter Amadeo de Souza Cardoso was born in Amarante.In the green lawn situated in front of the Tourism Office building there is a statue of poet Teixeira de Pascoaes and the Museum is named after...

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  • Architecture

    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...

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