Amarante, Portugal

Only 1 hour journey out of Porto is the small, but attractive town of Amarante.  

Set on the Rio Tâmega it is a picturesque destination with quiet streets and bars and restaurants.  


The river Tâmega runs through the town and crossing this waterway is a pretty stone arched bridge, the Ponte São Gonçalo. It is reputed to have helped local heroes fend off a French attack in the early 19th century. Nowadays it is just cafes and restaurants utilizing the riverside location.

The old church and monastery in the name of Sao Gonçalo – being the Portuguese patron saint of marriage. The Lonely Planet describes him as Portugal’s St Valentine.

Amarante São Gonçalo

Amarante São Gonçalo

It has a particularly impressive carved and gilded altar in a baroque style.

Amarante São Gonçalo

The village is well known for its luscious pastries.  Perhaps they are even better known for the phallic shaped pastries which are prepared for festivals 
Phallic Pastries
Amarante Phallic Pastries –
picture source http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Sao_Goncalo_Pastries_@_Amarante.jpg

Getting There:

Map Porto to Amarante

There used to be a narrow gauge railway which was ‘temporarily” closed in 2009 awaiting upgrading, but when the financial crisis hit the line was formally closed in 2012.

There is a bus service and buses go just about every hour in the morning and then less often but regularly through the afternoon.  Journeys take 50 minutes and cost  7.60 see http://www.rodonorte.pt/ for schedules and current prices.

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