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The picturesque riverside town of Barcelos enjoys a quaint medieval centre, lined with charming buildings, adjourned with Portuguese tiles, narrow streets and pretty squares, dotted with a selection of shops, restaurants and pavement cafes. The impressive square at the centre of the town, the Campo de Feira, is truly enormous, home to a large weekly open-air market where you would be hard pushed to not find something you would want to buy. From Barcelos, some of the beautiful beaches of the Costa Verde are within a 25 minute drive.
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Enjoy some locally caught fish in the Costa Verde with plenty of supplies coming from the local fisherman, taste the fish grilled and freshly made with an array of different rices and vegetable sides. Most local restaurants serve both fish or meat platters, enough to keep all the family happy. Wash all these yummy delights down with some Vinho Verde or port which is specialist to the region.
Plentiful with pavement cafes, restaurants and bars, Barcelos has much on offer to keep you entertained during an evening.
A region famed for its vineyards, stretching from the Costa Verde to the Douro Valley, with many offering tours and tastings.
From Porto, around a 35 minute drive from Barcelos, why not take a cruise into the heart of the Douro, whether you want to stop at vineyards on the bank of the river or sight see, there are plenty of different options available.
From the marina Esposende, around a 20 minute drive from Barcelos, you can catch a boat taking you on an hour and a half trip up the Cavado river, offering a relaxing experience that allows you to enjoy the unique landscape.
An hour and a forty five drive will take you into the heart of the Douro Valley, famed for its beautiful, unique landscape, with the Douro River meandering between through stunning countryside, and vineyard covered hills. It is certainly a sight to be seen.
Why not head to Caminha, just under an hours drive from Barcelos, where you can take a short ferry journey or cross the bridge to Spain and experience the mix of both cultures in one day.
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.
The elegant city of Braga, is the third largest in Portugal, located around 20 minutes’ drive of Barcelos, 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.
Viana do Castelo
Just 35 minutes’ from Barcelos known as the jewel of the Costa Verde, the city of Viana do Castelo is blessed with an appealing medieval centre, and being situated by the Rio Lima estuary means that there are some lovely beaches just outside of the city.
Just 40 minutes’ drive from Barcelos the colourful city of Porto is the second largest in Portugal, adorned with medieval relics, tall bell towers and baroque churches, this fascinating city is well worth a day visit during your stay. The birthplace of port, Porto has been a long standing mecca for wine enthusiasts, with many wine caves open for tastings. The historic centre, a Unesco World Heritage Site attracts many, with locals mingling on village style plazas lined with old storefronts.
Situated around a 35 minute drive from Barcelos, Guimaraes was previously awarded European Capital of Culture, and we can easily see why, it would be hard not to fall in love with this picturesque city! At the heart of the city you will find a web of pedestrianised winding cobbled streets and washing-hung alleyways adorned with tiny bars and quaint cafes, leading to charming squares where you can dine alfresco. Individual shops are dotted around, specialising in lacework, hats and birdcages, fascinating to explore, and for those looking for international shopping Guimaraes Shopping can be found just outside of the historic centre full of well known brands. As the first capital of Portugal and birthplace of the nation's first king, Guimaraes is one of the country's most historic cities, and its World Heritage medieval streets with well-preserved monuments make it one of the most attractive places to visit in Portugal. There is no better way to see this adorable city than by the 10 minute cable car journey that transports you from Guimaraes over its residents’ back gardens to the 2,000 foot high peak known as Penha.
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