Porto Portugal tourism: Felgueiras
Porto Portugal tourism is extended up to northern Portugal´s interior areas such as Felgueiras; where the daily lifestyle and activities go in hand with farming and agriculture; preserves rich and vast heritage of Romanesque art, seen in many chapels and churches. Porto Portugal tourism in Felgueiras features an outstanding experience of Portugal´s rural lifestyles.

In Felgueiras one can see several private rural tourism initiatives, in the form of old farm houses that are fast developing as a part of Porto Portugal tourism activities. Just because of these new possibilities, rural tourism activities in Felgueiras offers a variety of activities both in terms of services and in the form of historical monuments. Some other must see places while doing Porto Portugal tourism in Felgueiras are as follows: Casa das Portas, Chapel of Padroso, Chapel of the Meeting, Conventual Church of Caramos, Cross of Barrosas, Cross of Pombeiro, House and Portal of Simães, House of Paço de Pombeiro, House of Leonardo Coimbra, Saint Quitéria´s Sanctuary, Santuary of Good jesus of Barrosas, Sergude Manor and Valmelhorado Manor.

Felgueiras is beautifully located in the center of Sousa valley. Felgueiras had been one of the most important strategical town for Romans. Roman built several roads and bridges and connected Felgueiras with Braga and Caladuno. Caladuno was the real name of Mirandela, a city famous for its cuisine called "Alheiras". According to historical documents there are five Roman tracks named Mouta, Pombeiro, Ameal, Arco and Arco de S.João and three bridges such as Ponte de Arco, Ponte do S.João and Ponte de Travassós. Because of commercial purpose, all these roads as well as bridges were in used until the Middle ages.

The municipality of Felgueiras offers two different Pedestrian options to visit all the Patrimonies. The first option is choosing the Medieval paths that is, one kilometer walk to reach various roman tracks and the other possibility is to use green paths. Green path offers the opportunity to enjoy the rural landscape of Felgueiras and visit some important architectural and historical patrimony.

Porto Portugal tourism in Felgueiras is also famous for local handcrafts such as embroidery works and string musical instruments. In terms of gastronomy, some of the specialities of Felgueiras are as follows: Vinho Verde or Green wine, sponge cake, oven baking, the cabidela rice, the cod and Portuguese stew.

Porto Portugal Tourism: Baião
The real Porto Portugal tourism possibilities still stays in rural towns with its environmental quality and natural life. “Natural life in Baião” is the slogan that tourists are used to describe the activities in Baião. The diversity of rural tourism possibilities in Baião seems to be an endless stretch of rare natural beauty, parkland and forests. The soothing sound of river water, wild beauty of Serra da Aboboreira, Marão mountains and the panoramic view from the Seerra de Matos Castle are the common picture of Porto Portugal tourism in Baião.

Baião is still a possibility to discover the traditional European lifestyle. Rural tourism in Baião is an amazing incorporation of both historical past such as monuments, mansions, farms church and natural beauty. The Baião municipality offers two different sightseeing tours that disclose the natural wealth of the region. Serra da Aboboreira disclose the history of humanity. The municipality still keeps a fabulous collection of prehistoric monuments.

Porto Portugal tourism in Baião would certainly help build a healthy interaction with nature and history. Unlike, typical tourism packages offered by various travel companies, rural tourism in Baião offers various possibilities to explore real life in Portuguese villages.

Baião is the right place to enjoy the real taste of Portugal. The local wine and cuisine is entirely different from the rest of Europe and offers unique taste of Baião.

Here is a list of must see places in Baião:
  1. Núcleo de Arqueologia – Museum Municipal de Baião located at rua Eça de Queiroz, Telefone:+ 351255 540 550
  2. Fundação Eça de Queiroz – Núcleo Museológico located at quinta de vila Nova – Tormas, Telefone: +351 254 882 120
  3. Museu Municipal de Baião: Núcleo de Arqueologia, Rua Eça de Queiroz, 4640 - 152 Baião, Telefone: +351 255 540550
  4. Museu Municipal de Baião ou Posto de Turismo - Jardim das Tílias, Rua Eça de Queiroz Rua de Camões 4640 - 152 Baião 4640 - 147 Baião, Telefone: + 351 255 540 550 / + 351 255 540 262
  5. Casa do Lavrador e Museu Etnográfico Lugar do Martírio, 4640 - 420 Santa Cruz do Douro,Telefone: +351 254 885143
  6. Casa das Bengalas, Lugar de Carvalhais, 4640 - 233 GESTAÇÔ,Telefone: +351 254 888 015
  7. Casa da Juventude e Desporto, Lugar de Chavães, 4640 - 383 Ovil Telefone: +351 255542984/ 255540500

Baião is surrounded by big mountains and rivers, so the best time to explore this rural town is in summer that is, from June to August.

Porto Portugal attractions: Praça da Ribeira
There are lots of Porto Portugal attractions to visit, but you need to plan your trip before you head out. Below streets are some of the main streets to visit while doing Porto Portugal tourism.

Praça da Ribeira also known as Ribeira Square is a historical street, situated at the Praça da Ribeira, 4050-513 Porto, Portugal. Ribeira in Portuguese language means riverside and the street extends along the river Douro. This port based square was a big commercial center since the medieval period. According to the historical documents, in 1491 Praça da Ribeira was  totally destroyed by fire and was rebuilt in the same year. Historians estimate that, it was during this time that the square also gained a stone pavement slabs. Later new developments to the infrastructure of the street was introduced in 18th century by governor João de Almada by connecting a new street named São João street to praça da Ribeira. Two main highlights of this square are the three stories high monumental fountain and a cubic sculpture designed by José Rodrigues. This fountain was built in 1780s and is decorated with the Portuguese coat of arms. However, the cubic sculpture was designed over the remains of the monumental fountain. Ribeira square is a must see Porto Portugal attractions. Ribeira square is accessible by bus, tram and sightseeing tours.

Praça infante Dom Henrique or Infante Dom Henrique Square has lots of interesting things to explore. The square is situated at the Praça Infante Dom Henrique, Lagos, 8600 – Porto. The main attraction of the square is the statue of navigator. The street is located close to the historical center of Porto. Other Porto Portugal attractions in this square are the Igreja da Santa Maria and Slave Market. Igreja da Santa Maria is an amazing architecture wonder of 16th century. The slave market was built in 15th century. Infante Dom Henrique Square is accessible by bus, tram and sightseeing tours and is a right place to enjoy the streets of Porto.

Porto Portugal attractions:
Rua Mouzinho da Silveira
Rua de Santa Catarina Porto is one of the pedestrians only street in Portugal. Santa Catarina street is a networked street that is situated in between the parishes of Bonfim and St.Lldefonso. It is one of the main commercial street in Porto. Santa Catarina street currently has lots of clothing stores, shoe shops, metal offal and so on. Some interesting sites in this street are as follows: Capela de Santa Catarina, Café Majestic (1921 built cafe shop), shopping center Via Catarian and 31 January corner. The street is accessible by bus, subway, train and by sightseeing buses.

Praça a Liberdade, also known as Liberdade Square is one of the main Porto Portugal attractions. However, this square is a part of Avenida dos Aliados. Praça da Liberdade is situated in Santo Lldefonso parish of Porto. The square was built in 18th Century. One of the must see Porto attractions with lots of activities.

Porto Portugal tourism: Centenary bridge, Amarante
Amarante is a small city in northern Portugal that is situated on the top of a hill facing towards the river Tamega. The municipality of Amarante belongs to Porto district and is close to the famous tracking mountain Serra do Marão. S.Gonçalo´s Monastery and Centenary bridge are the two main constructions that are associated with history. Both of these structures were built in 12th Century. Amarate later became one of the popular pilgrimage destination during the time of King John II of Portugal. According to the historical documents this city was set to fire by French Military during the time of French Invasion. Currently, Amarante belong to the Porto Portugal tourism hub.

Porto Portugal tourism: S.Gonçalo´s Monastery
Why Go?: Amarante is an old aristocratic city with less crowd and more activities. The municipality supports both indoor as well as outdoor tourism activities. Amarante Porto Portugal tourism activities include: Golf, raft, climbing, tracking, hunting and water sports such as fishing, swimming and so on. Tourists who are interested in culture and tradition will find several interesting things in the form of monuments and tradition. Nature lovers will discover more interesting information about Terras de Basto of Tras os Montes.

The best time to do Porto Portugal tourism in Amarante: Amarante is surrounded by big mountains and rivers. The city is cold in winter and share a moderate temperature in summer. The best time to do Porto Portugal tourism in Amarante is Summer i.e, from June to August.

Getting there and around: The closest airport is in Porto. From Porto one can take the A3 highway i.e, the road directed towards Braga/Vila Real direction. Another road to reach Amarante is by taking the A4 highway directing toward Vila Real/ Valongo. People from Lisbon can take the Porto highway and can follow the above direction. The cheapest way to travel inside the city is by buses. However, rent a car or hire a taxi is also suggestible.

Porto Portugal tourism: Church of St.Goçalo, Amarante
Amarante attractions: The city of Amarante has a strong cultural and historical tradition. Some of the must see Porto Portugal tourism attractions in Amarante are as follows: Monastery and the Church of St.Goçalo, the Church of S.Peter and Amadeo de Souza Cardoso and Sacred Art Museum. It is also good to visit all the Romanesque structures throughout the city of Amarante. The river Tamega divides the city in to two and one can see the ruins on both sides of the river. On the right side of the river Tamega one can see and visit 12th century buildings. Left side of the river mostly holds commercial buildings.

Best Unusual attractions: Wildness of the nature is the best Unusual attraction of Amarante. Serra da Aboboreira and Serra do Marão are the two mountains good for tracking and other adventurous sports. Amarante is also famous for its vinho verde and pasteries.

Here is a description of the four famous bridges in Porto.

Porto Portugal attractions: Ponte da Arrábida
Porto Portugal attractions Arrábida Bridge: Arrábida Bridge domestically known as Ponte da Arrábida is an architectural wonder. Ponte da Arrábida is the first bridge in Portugal that was built with pure Portuguese architectural technology. The arch bridge was inaugurated in 1963 and connects Porto city to Vila Nova de Gaia across the river Douro. Ponte da Arrábida is located just some kilometers away from the sea. Arrabida bridge was one of the biggest concrete bridge in the world. The bridge was designed and built under the supervision of Prof. Edgar Cardoso. Other technical details about the Arrábida bridge are as follows: total length: 493m, total height 70m, Main span 270m. For visitors, this Porto bridge can access easily by bus and Tram. Arrábida Porto bridge is located at A1 Autoestrada do Norte.

Porto Portugal attractions Dom Luís I Bridge: Dom Luís I Porto bridge, domestically known as Ponte de D. Luís is the photographic icon of Porto. This bridge was built in 1886 and was one of the longest iron arch bridges in the world. Ponte de D. Luís connects the city of Porto to Vila Nova de Gaia over the River Douro. This bridge was designed and supervised by Teófilo Seyrig, a partner of Eiffel tower in Paris. One can easily notice the similarity in the construction of Eiffel tower and this iron arch bridge. Nowadays, metro uses the upper part of the bridge and lower part is used by cars. This bridge offers a wonderful view of Porto city and Douro river. Technical features of the Ponte de D. Luís are as follows: Double deck two hinged arch bridge with road bridge, metro and tram rail, total length: 385.25m, weight 3 045t, arch span 172 m and cost of construction in dollars: $369 000. The bridge is situated at Avendia de vímara Peres Porto.

Porto Portugal attractions Freixo Bridge: Freixo is a modern built bridge that connects Porto and Vila nova de gaia over river Douro. This bridge shares all the common nature of modern bridges in the world. The bridge was suggested to built because the margins of the river are lower. Freixo is not a single bridge, it is actually an incorporation of two bridges separated by ten centimeters. This bridge currently works as a link between Porto and Lisbon. Freixo bridge was built using balanced cantilever method and has 8 spans. The bridge is located at Via de Cintura Interna.
Porto Portugal attractions: five briges in Porto

Porto Portugal attractions Maria Pia Bridge: Maria Pia bridge, domestically famous as Ponte Dona Maria was built in 1877. This is another amazing iron arch building designed and supervised by Gustave Eiffel. This iron arch bridge was used for railway transportation. Currently, the bridge is closed for transportation, but visitors can visit the bridge through different means. Some of the technical features of the building are: three frame spans of 125, 250 and 125m. The bridge can access by local and sightseeing Porto tour bus. The bridge is situated at Avenida de Gustavo Eiffel.

There are six main bridges in Porto. Description of the Porto bridges such as Infante D.Henrique and São João bridge are not listed here. They are newly built bridges.

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