Amarante will enchant you with its scenic riverside setting and beautiful Renaissance, Romanesque and Medieval architecture. The town stretches along the banks of the River Tamega and embodies the charm of the Portuguese countryside. Stroll along the ancient stone bridge, dine at traditional taverns and discover centuries of history, culture and art. Rolling vineyards and the rugged Serra do Marão mountains form a scenic backdrop.
Things to do in Amarante
Dine at rustic taverns and enjoy classic Portuguese dishes like roast goat and “caldo verde” cabbage soup. The best feature riverside terraces where you can relax in the sunshine and enjoy the mountain views. You’ll also find several “adega” wine taverns serving smoked meats, sheep’s milk cheese and local wine. Vinho Verde, a green-tinged wine produced exclusively in Northern Portugal is a local specialty.
Admire works by a famous Portuguese painter at the Amadeo De Souza Cardoso Museum. The museum is housed in a former convent and showcases abstract, cubist and Impressionist paintings Amadeo De Souza Cardoso, who was born in Amarante in the late 1800s.
Ponte de São Gonçalo spans across the River Tamega and is a protected National Monument. It dates back to medieval times and features a trio of graceful arches. Stop to admire the views as you cross the bridge, then follow the riverside path just below the bridge is a fantastic vantage point. It’s lined with willow trees and is a lovely place to stroll. Follow the steep switchbacks up the hill to Igreja de São Domingos, an 18th-century church with magnificent panoramas over the town, river and surrounding countryside.
Getting around Amarante
Amarante is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The town is in Northern Portugal, a one-hour drive from Porto. Rental cars offer the freedom to visit Amarante and explore Northern Portugal at your own pace. Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport is a one-hour drive away.