Casa da Calçada
Casa da Calçada
between Porto and the picturesque Douro valley, the luxurious Casa da Calçada invites
you into its outstanding architectural design, amidst majestic scenery and wows
you with its impressive history. Part of the Relais & Chateaux Hotel
Association, this charming hotel preserves its original Baroque style,
emulating romance from many neo-classical elements and allowing you to travel
through to the past, just from walking in at the front gates.
in the past as a meeting place for politicians and intellectuals during the
French Invasions of Portugal, this restored property now offers guests a 5 star
stay, including access to a range of facilities. Sip on some local dark port at
the Bar Antonio do Lago Cerquerie before dining in the Largo do Paco
restaurant. Explore the games room, pitch up with a classic novel in the
reading room, or take a dip in the indoor swimming pool. If you’re more into
the outdoors, explore the hotel’s private vineyard, 18 hole golf course or
tennis facilities for a truly immersive experience.
your mood, this decadent hotel is accommodated to give you the experience of a
lifetime, starting with its exquisite design and finishing off with its elegant
and classic rooms where you can retire to reflect on a day of wonder at Casa da Calçada.
Having been settled since
the 4thcentury, Amarante has a proud historical and cultural
background, which is visible in a number of stunning old buildings and churches
that can easily be explored on foot. Cross the ancient bridge to the city and
watch the Tamega flow gently underfoot, before visiting the Sao Goncalo Church.
This religious building was erected in honour of the local saint, who became
famous for miraculously healing the ill. Wander through the narrow streets and
explore vibrant shops and cafés
that will introduce you to local craftwork and delicacies. For those seeking to
cater to their cultural appetite, the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso, which holds
numerous modern artworks and paintings, is also found nearby. The artwork spans
across a wide array of styles and includes a number of different Portuguese
Venturing further afield
than the city centre of Amarante will reveal a number sights and activities to
take in. Travel along the Tamega Line Ecotrack, which runs along the river, go
for a round of golf at the Amarante Golf Course, or, if you want to keep the entire family entertained, go for a splash
in the Amarante Aqua Park, which offers plenty of both waterslides and pools.
After a day exploring the city and its surroundings,
find the most inviting restaurant for an endeavour into the local cuisine.
Mirroring the green surroundings are two things that are essential to the local
region: caldo verde and vinho verde. The first is a soup that consists of
cabbage, potatoes, and onions, garnished with garlic and olive oil, and the
second is a local, lightly sparkling,
wine and is best consumed around
local chatter, in the evening
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