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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 sun.
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