Amares - Excursions and Places of interest
Information updated 28 Apr 2014
A region full of vineyards, Costa Verde is the ideal place to visit if you enjoy good wine, home to the famous Vinho Verde wine.
Local sporting events
Circuito de Braga
Home to its first international event in 2009, the FIA European Touring Car Cup , the Circuito de Braga now hosts many national car and motorcycle races, as well being open to the public for go karting.
Regions to visit
The elegant city of Braga, is the third largest in Portugal, located around a 25 minute drive of Amares, and well worth spending a day or evening exploring. Laced with ancient narrow streets and interesting buildings, with an upscale old town, packed with lively cafes, trim boutiques, excellent restaurants and low-key bars. Home to a number of impressive Baroque monuments, including one of the country's best-known sights, the Bom Jesus Sanctuary.
Termas de Caldelas
Visit Caldelas Spa for its famous thermal waters, an excellent place to visit for a relaxing day de-stressing.
Amares is situated within 30 minutes' of the river beaches of the River Cavado, situated at the foot of the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Geres, here you will be able to hire out kayaks, rowing boats and pedaloes to explore the river.
Churches / Cathedrals
Visit Braga, brimming with religious monuments, from the Se – Braga’s extraordinary cathedral; the oldest in Portugal to one of Portugal's most known sights the Bom Jesus do Monte – a religious sanctuary set in hillside gardens, and many more.
Parque Nacional da Peneda-Geres
The only national park in Portugal, situated within 35 minutes' drive of Amares, the Parque Nacional da Peneda-Geres comprises of 703 square kilometre of parkland, made up of lush forests of oak and fragrant pine, casacdes of water, and home to a vast array of wildlife. Bordering the River Cavado, here you will find small river beaches, popular for water sports, where kayaks, rowing boats and pedaloes can be hired for exploring the waters.
Sports stadium tours
If you are a football fan, why not visit the home stadium of FC Porto, the Dragao Stadium, with guided tours usually available a few times a day.