Welcome to Miranda do Douro
The town’s beautifully hulking, 16th-century church may seem all 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 sheds light on the region’s border culture, including ancient rites such as the ‘stick dancing’ of the pauliteiros.
Street signs around town are written in Mirandês, an ancient language that developed during Miranda’s long 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.