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About Amarante

Amarante is a lovely romanesque city located in the Porto district of northern Portugal. It has a long and fascinating history. Originally Roman in origin, the city first grew substantially in the early thirteenth century with the inspiration of the Dominican monk {later Saint) Goncalo. He built the bridge over the river Tamega and many other notable buildings. It subsequently became a place of pilgrimage. There are many interesting churches, monasteries and convents to visit, and the best places to stay in Amarante make an ideal base for discovering both the town and the wider region.

The city spreads over both banks of the Tamega river and the old town centre is dominated by many cafes and restaurants along the steep banks of the river.

Aside from sight-seeing there is much to do including cycling, walking and an 18 hole golf course…

WHAT NOT TO MISS

  • Ponte de Sao Goncalo: this famous old bridge is very historic but also a very peaceful spot to relax and enjoy
  • Sao Goncalo Church - The burial place of the Saint, the interior is huge and majestic.
  • Amadeo de Souza Cardoso Museum. A former convent, this is now a gallery exhibiting the work of early 20th century cubist artist and local.

The town is growing in popularity not just as a getaway for Porto residents (it's one hour east of the city), but for overseas visitors too. So if you want to guarantee a room in one of the best places to stay in Amarante during the peak season, we advise you to book ahead.

BEST PLACES TO STAY IN AMARANTE

For high end luxury

  • Casa da Calcada is a five star hotel overlooking the river. The bedrooms are large and sumptuous. There are beautiful gardens and a terrace, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, and the restaurant is first class. It is a romantic destination yet family friendly also.

For an apartment or villa

  • If you think that a self catering option would suit you better, check out the selection with our online partner, Booking.com

TRAVEL information

  • Fly to Porto, about 63km west of Amarante.
  • Best time to visit if you want fine weather is during the summer months when the average daily highs peak around the 32 degrees celcius. July and August are also the driest. However if you want to avoid the crowds, we'd recommend a visit in May, June, September or October.
  • If you plan to hire a car and explore more of the Douro Valley, we recommend you visit our partner, Rentalcars for the best prices.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Amarante

  • Casa da Calcada 30 rooms from £105

    Amarante

    A Five Star hotel overlooking the river. Big beautifully decorated bedrooms and suites with river views. Gorgeous gardens, pool, terraces and an excellent restaurant. Romantic but still family friendly, and very luxurious.

    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Sights nearby  -  Ponte de Sao Goncalo, Igreja de Sao Goncalo, Garden of Saint Bartholomew.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor
    Recommended by  -  Relais & Chateaux
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