Welcome to Amarante

All visitors to Amarante will most certainly be impressed by two imposing natural features: the great Serra do Marão rising above the city in a series of majestic landscapes and the river Tâmega, the longest tributary of the river Douro, whose journey begins in Galicia and which flows through the heart of Amarante, giving added colour to the picturesque houses standing on its banks. Some historians have attributed the foundation of this transitional city linking the provinces of Minho and Trás-os-Montes to a Roman centurion by the name of Amarantus. In the thirteenth century, St Gonçalo, a Benedictine monk and popular saint, arrived in this area, where he eventually settled after completing a pilgrimage to Italy and Jerusalem, later becoming the city´s patron saint. He is accredited with the building of a sturdy bridge over the Tâmega on the same site as the current one. The bridge at Amarante perpetuates the memory of the local population´s heroic resistance against Napoleon's troops, who invaded Portugal in the early nineteenth century. In view of its position as a major gateway to the region of Trás-os-Montes, the city was besieged by Marshal Soult, although he met with stiff opposition from the local inhabitants, who bravely withstood his fierce attacks for a fortnight, until finally surrendering when the French bombarded them with barrels of gunpowder.

Top Tours & Activities in Amarante

Douro Valley Small Group Tour W/ 3 Wine Tastings & Lunch From Porto

Join this wine and food journey where you'll taste many different types of wine in family run wine estates, find how the famous port wine is made and try other local delicacies that make up the culture of the region like the olive oil.

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Verde & Port Wine Tour (Half-Day)

On this tour you will get to try the two types of wine that are symbols of the Northern culture of Wine: Port Wine and Vinho Verde.

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From Porto: Private Day Tour To The Douro Valley With Wine Tasting & Boat Trip

Have a personalized and unique experience on this full-day private tour that will take you on one of Portugal most beloved places: the Douro Valley. You will travel from Porto on a air-conditioned car with the tour guide, also have a boat tour on the Douro river and taste the local wine at a traditional winery and much more!

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Vinho Verde Route – Nature & History – Small Group

On this tour we present the second-most exclusively Portuguese wine in the world: green wine. The stunning beauty of Minho is the setting for the Green Wine Route. Exploring these paths is to discover the flavors of an ancient culture of culinary and wine making.

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Language
Portuguese
Currency
Euro
Time Zone
GMT
Country Phone Code
+351
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