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What to do in the area?

Canedo de Basto is a village best known for its wine; Especially the Vinho Verde is famous for its definite pétillance, giving it a light and fresh taste. Vinho Verde literally means “Green Wine”, referring to its youthful freshness rather than its colour.

Canedo de Basto is located at 2 km’s from Mondim de Basto, which has a has a nice old town center with winding roads, as well as supermarkets, banks, restaurants and a post office. You can enjoy Mondims weekly market on Wednesday.

The town is being overlooked by the hermitage of Senhora da Graca, a beautiful chapel in grind stone, standing proudly on the 990 meter peak of the Monte Farinha. You might even notice the mountains pyramidical shape, reminiscent of a volcano. This very chapel, Senhora da Graca, is also the setting for a popular religious festival held in July.

The waterfalls of the Ermelo Fisgas are well worth a visit. (And a swim!) Located in the fabulous Alvão Natural Park, this area will offer you astonishing beauty… showing you an idyllic landscape that seems lost in time.

Nature, walk, swim and hike lovers will certainly not be bored! You might also want to take a trip to the Serra do Geres National Park, or Serra Da Cabreira.

If you’re interested in cultural heritage and beautiful cities you will also enjoy visiting:

  • Porto (a Unesco World Heritage site)
  • Braga (the religious capital of the North with the sanctuary of 'Bom Jesus'
  • the charming town Amarante
  • Guimarães (also on the Unesco) with nearby excavations of Briteiros (Iron Age) as well

Numerous other ‘exploration-routes’ have been prepared for you - I will gladly provide you with many ideas for fun and unexplored trips.

Porto

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Porto (also Oporto) is a Portuguese city and port in the north-west of Portugal, the Costa Verde. The city is built on both sides of the River Douro, on 7 steep hills. Portugal’s second largest city also offers first-class culture; Porto, together with Rotterdam, was designated as European City/Capital of Culture in 2001.

In 2005 the city had 233,465 inhabitants, and the entire ‘Greater Porto area’ 1.6 million inhabitants. Porto is also known as the place of origin of port wine. This wine was stored and aged in Gaia (a large quarter alongside the River Douro) before export. Porto was formerly called Cale and later Portucale, from which the country name ‘Portugal’ has been derived.

Things to see

  • The Ribeira old town; Porto’s historical centre, classified by the UNESCO as “World Cultural Heritage” in December 1996. He, who enjoys good wining and dining, will be satisfied as well, as this beautiful area also offers many restaurants and of course, Port wine cellars! The boats (Rabelo boats) were used to carry the Port wine from the Douro’s vineyards, upriver, to the city.
  • Industrial heritage: The outstanding monuments of the Industrial Revolution period in Oporto are the two wrought-iron bridges that cross the River Douro. The Dona Maria Pia Bridge of 1877 was designed by Gustave Eiffel and the Luiz I bridge of 1886, designed by Eiffel’s pupil and partner, Theophile Seyrig. They replaced a suspension bridge of 1843 of which two granite columns remain on the right bank of the river.
  • The Torre dos Clérigos is a bell tower (built between 1731 and 1763, architect Nicolau Nasoni) which is a part of the Clergios Church. This historic building is known as the magnum opus of baroque architecture in Porto. This monument is considered a National Monument since 1910, as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This tower is also the highest church tower in Portugal
  • Avenida dos Aliados is generally regarded as the city centre and is as such Porto’s most grandiose avenue. Dominated by the old town hall (Camara Municipal), the avenue is flanked by ornate neoclassical buildings with lawns and trees in the centre.
  • Palácio da Bolsa, the old Stock Exchange, Housed in a 19th century neoclassical palace, in particular the Arab Room will be a feast for your eyes.
  • Next door to the Palacio da Bolsa is the Igreja de São Francisco, Porto’s only remaining Gothic church, dating back to the 14th century. Although not particularly extraordinary from outside, the baroque interior is possibly the finest in Portugal.
  • Casa da Musica, built in response to "Cultural Capital of Europe 2001”, is a major concert hall space which houses the cultural institution of the same name with its three orchestras Orquestra Nacional do Porto, Orquestra Barroca and Remix Ensemble. It was designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas
  • São Bento, Porto’s main station is certainly worth a visit for its fine azulejos, tiles with images from the history of the city. From the station there is a clear line of sight up to the austere looking Romanesque cathedral (Sé) perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking the city and river.

Braga

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Braga is a city in the Braga Municipality in northwestern Portugal, is the capital of the Braga District, the oldest archdiocese and one of the major cities of the country. Braga is the oldest portuguese city and, one of the oldest christian cities in the World. With an urban population of 175,063, Braga is the seventh largest municipality in Portugal by population (including the city and suburban parishes, the municipality had a total of 62 parishes and 175,063 inhabitants as of 2007).

Braga is also the center of the Greater Metropolitan Area of Minho with a population of 826,833 (2007) one of the fastest growing urban areas in the European Union. Under the Roman Empire, as Bracara Augusta, it was capital of the province Gallaecia. The urban area extends from the (river) Cavado to the (river) Este. Braga is serviced by regional and fast trains to Porto and Lisbon. The city of Oporto (Porto) is about 53 km. The present Mayor is Francisco Soares Mesquita Machado, elected from the Socialist Party.

The city of Braga and it's surrounding regions have many historical monuments, including the cathedral (Sé), Bom Jesus, and Sameiro (Sanctuaries).

Guimarães

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Guimarães is a city in Guimarães Municipality. In the 9th century, Vímara Peres was able to expel the Moors and founded a fortified town under his own name Vimaranis (of Vimar) which later became Guimaranis, present day Guimarães. The city is often referred to as the "birthplace of the Portuguese nationality" and also was the birthplace of Afonso I of Portugal, the first Portuguese king. The seat of the municipality is Guimarães city, that is made of 16 parishes and, as of 2001, has a population of 52,181 inhabitants. The totality of the municipality has a population of 161,876 inhabitants in 241.3 km². Guimarães is ranked number 2 in the Portuguese most livable cities survey of living conditions published yearly by the Portuguese newspaper Expresso.

The city was founded upon much older settlements by Count Vímara Peres after his namesake (Vimaranis, later Guimaranis), soon after he established the 1st County of Portugal (in 868). As the first capital of Portugal, Guimarães is known as the place where the country was born – "The Cradle City". In 1095 Count Henry of Burgundy, who had married princess Teresa of León, establishes in Guimarães the 2nd County of Portugal (Condado Portucalense). In July 25, 1109 Afonso Henriques, son of Count Henry of Burgundy, is born in this same city. That is where Duke Afonso Henriques proclaimed Portuguese independence from the Kingdom of León, after the Battle of São Mamede, declaring himself to be Afonso I, king of Portugal.

The Historic Centre of Guimarães was declared a World Heritage Site in 2001 by UNESCO, due to its Middle Age historical monuments.

The Campus of Azurém of the Minho University is located in Guimarães. Vitória SC (also known as Vitória de Guimarães) is the most renowned sports club based in Guimarães. Moreirense FC is another club based in the municipality of Guimarães.

Guimarães was chosen by the Portuguese government to be the European Capital of Culture in 2012, since Portugal and Slovenia have scheduled for 2012 the right of having one city as European Capital of Culture. So Guimarães and Maribor will be ECC in 2012.

Parque Natural do Alvão

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Parque Natural do Alvão ten noordwesten van Vila Real is het kleinste natuurpark van Portugal. Het gebergte (gemiddelde hoogte van de toppen is 1.200 m) bestaat hoofdzakelijk uit weidegronden waarop mooie runderen en geiten grazen.

Alle dorpen zijn opgetrokken in graniet en leisteen en het behoud hiervan is één van de voornaamste doelstellingen van het park. De serene rust van het Portugese binnenland ontdekken we hier het beste. vanuit Lamas de Ôlo, een mooi traditioneel dorp kunt u paden van geitenhoeders naar verschillende gehuchten die in de bergen verspreid liggen volgen.

De eenvoud van bestaan van deze bergbewoners lijkt niet meer van deze tijd, althans niet meer van het verenigd Europa met zijn ingewikkelde landbouwreguleringen en schaalvergrotingen. Aan de Rio Ôlo staan drie kleine watermolens waar rogge en maïs gemalen worden, ingrediënten van het lokale brood (broa).

Parque Nacional de Peneda-Geres

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Parque Nacional de Peneda-Geres, situated in the greenest province of Portugal, the Minho, was the first national park in Portugal.(1971).

It covers a not too high, but very rough and vast granite mountain in the shape of a horseshoe, on the northern border with Spain. It knows a special flora and fauna, including the Iris of Geres, many orchids, wolves and wild horses.

Most mountain villages consist of old style houses, granit espiguieros and the typical stock barns. The villagers here still lead a traditional life.

Serra da Cabreira

In the eastern part of the Minho province, also known as Costa Verde, and situated along the border with Trás-os-Montes, you will find the Serra da Cabreira (Mountains of the Goat Shepherdess). An old, granite, low mountain range with steep valleys and clear mountain streams and rounded peaks, the highest 1262 metres.

In the west and south are the towns of Vieira do Minho and Cabeceiras de Basto, surrounded by smaller villages, some of which only just entered modern times. In the village square near the public fountain there’s a plaque to commemorate the recent opening of the tarmac road. The people have lived for centuries on the basis of subsistence and small-scale farming.

Twice a day three or four cows with big horns are led from the village to the fields. The harvest is kept in espigueiros (the local name is canastros), narrow, granite-built sheds on legs that are a characteristic feature of the Minho. All fields, meadows and yards are bordered with high climbing vines, which produce a red wine with a high tannin content. This wine is mainly for home use. Professional growers however produce a very good sparkling white vinho verde.

In the sub-region called Terras de Basto (including Cabeceiras, Celorico and Mondim de Basto) and the municipality of Póvoa de Lanhoso are some renowned wine growers who export an important part of their yield.