Welcome to Miranda do Douro
The town’s beautifully hulking, 16th-century church may seem out of proportion to the rest of the town, but it once served as cathedral for the entire region. Visitors shouldn’t miss Miranda’s ethnographic museum, which illuminates the region’s cultural traditions, including ancient rites such as the ‘stick dancing’ of the pauliteiros.
Local street signs are written in Mirandês, an ancient language that developed during Miranda’s centuries of isolation from the rest of Portugal. Romance-language buffs will enjoy names such as Rue de la Santa Cruç, which read like a fantastical blend of French, Spanish and Portuguese.