LEGACY, CULTURE AND LANDSCAPE
Those who visit Amarante end inevitably by building up an own interpretation, as rich as the willingness and as diverse as luck. As many routes define the region quite can be the pictures and the flavours that the visitors can take back home: architecture, religion, art, nature and gastronomy.
To discover Amarante is an adventure that fells like living. If nature is calling then the destination is the Tâmega River or the Marão and Aboboreira Mountains that offer dreams landscapes, villages of hospitable people and rich traditions built upon schist and granite. If the calling comes from the spirit the journey is made in the city with mandatory passage by the monastery and the churches of Saint Gonçalo, Saint Pedro and Saint Domingos, by the Religious Art Museum and other Baroque and Romanic exemplary across the city.
Equally irrefutable is the discovery of the arts’ prominent names that ennoble and take the city and the region across borders by visiting the Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso Museum and the Albano Sardoeira Library.
The festivities and pilgrimages, of which stands out the “June Festivities” in honour of Saint Gonçalo, preserve the best of the popular traditions and wrap the identity of the people of Amarante being displayed through all the parishes.
The gastronomy is characterised by the typical maronesa veal, the kid (young goat) and the codfish complemented by the fine verde wine that in this land finds unique ripening conditions.
To wind up the feast you can choose from a varied selection of the delicious conventual’s confectionary. Amarante is the crossroads where history, traditions and nature come together offering beyond its borders the discovery of other regions such as Terras de Basto, Minho, Trás-os-Montes, Douro and Oporto.
Therefore Amarante is increasingly a natural destination.
Amarante is just 40 minutes away from the Oporto city, accessible by the A4 motorway. There are two properly signposted exits: Amarante-Oeste and Amarante-Este.
If you would like to travel non-toll roads you can do it by driving on the national road EN15.
The city of Amarante has a central bus station so you can travel with the Rodonorte, Valpi, Transdev and Internorte bus operators.
If you choose to go by train you should take the Linha do Douro at the S. Bento or Campanhã train stations in the Oporto city. Then you will have to exit at the secondary railway station of Livração. From here to Amarante you will have to go by car.
The closest flight connection is in the Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport in the Oporto city.
Rodonorte (Bus Operator) – https://www.rodonorte.pt/pt/
Valpi (Bus Operator) – https://www.valpi.pt/
Transdev (Bus Operator) – https://www.transdev.pt/
Internorte (Bus Operator) – https://www.internorte.pt/pt/
Trains – https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/pt
Airport – https://www.aeroportoporto.pt/pt/opo/home