Monastery in Amarante

Mosteiro de São Gonçalo

Founded in 1543 by João III, the Mosteiro de São Gonçalo and Igreja de São Gonçalo weren’t completed until 1620. Above the church’s photogenic, Italian Renaissance side portal is an arcaded gallery, 30m high,...

Museum in Amarante

Museu Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso

Hidden in one of the Mosteiro de São Gonçalo’s cloisters is this delightfully eclectic collection of modernist and contemporary art, a pleasant surprise in a town of this size. The museum is named after...

Bar in Amarante

Bar do Hostel

Attached to the Hostel des Arts, this vibrantly decorated bar serves a full lineup of coffee, local wines and mixed drinks to a young and artsy crowd. Grab a spot on the sofa in the high-ceilinged main room, or...

Bridge in Amarante

Ponte de São Gonçalo

A symbol of the town’s heroic defence against the French (marked by a plaque at the southeastern end), the granite Ponte de São Gonçalo is Amarante’s visual centrepiece. The original bridge, allegedly built at...

Religious in Amarante

Festas de Junho

Held during the first weekend in June, festa highlights include an all-night drumming competition, a livestock fair, a handicrafts market and fireworks, all rounded off with Sunday’s procession in honour of the...

Portuguese in Amarante

Adega Regional Quelha

One of several low-key adegas (wine taverns) along the river's south bank, Quelha is a good place to sample regional delicacies such as Amarante’s fine smoked meats and cheeses.

Bakery in Amarante

Confeitaria da Ponte

Boasting a peaceful, shaded terrace overlooking the bridge, this tradi­tional bakery has the best ambience for enjoying Amarante’s famous pastries and eggy custards.

Portuguese in Amarante

Zé da Calçada

Northern Portuguese fare is served in an elegant country-style dining room or on a verandah with idyllic views of the moistero and the bridge. Top picks here include duck rice and grilled goat. Weekday lunch...

Cafe in Amarante

Bar dos Pauzinhos

This three-floor hotspot has daytime drinks and snacks, such as sandwiches and burgers, plus an alfresco terrace at the top. The crowd is young, the decor contemporary and the TV screen huge.

Church in Amarante

Igreja de São Domingos

Rising beside São Gonçalo are several impressively steep switchbacks topped by this round, 18th-century church. The views from up top are stunning.

Portuguese in Amarante


Roasted veal, stewed tripe and roasted kid goat are the house specialities at this traditional Portuguese restaurant with a pretty riverside terrace.

Church in Amarante

Igreja de São Pedro

The nave of this baroque church is decorated with beautiful 17th-century blue-and-yellow azulejos (hand-painted tiles).

Ruins in Amarante

Solar dos Magalhães

This burned-out skeleton of an old manor house situated above Rua Cândido dos Reis, near the train station, has been left in ruins – a stark and uncaptioned memento from Napoleon’s troops.