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Cabeceiras de Basto is a small village located inland on Portugal’s stunning "Green Coast". Here, like many of its neighboring towns and villages, you will more than likely be blown away by the breathtaking scenery and architecture. Two popular attractions in the village are the Monastery of Saint Michael whose dome reaches an impressive thirty three meters high, and the ancient granite statue of a roman warrior. There are also a handful of restaurants worth visiting, serving both seafood and regional cuisine. Alternatively, the cosmopolitan city of Guimaraes is within a 40 minute drive and provides an extensive range of amenities and eateries.
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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.
Previously named the European Capital of Culture, the charming city of Guimaraes is a web of gently winding cobbled streets and washing-hung alleyways brimming with quaint cafes, fantastic restaurants and cool bars. Even if you visited Guimaraes every evening of your holiday you would find somewhere new to enjoy!
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.
Pena Aventura Park
Situated around 20 minutes drive of Cabeceiras de Basto, Pena Aventura Park is made up of 16 hectares of green space, with a range of activities for both adults and children, from tree top adventure courses, canoeing and rafting to segways and archery.
Parque Aquático de Amarante
Overlooking the Tamega river, this water park is situated around 50 minutes drive of Cabeceiras de Basto. Usually open from around June-September, catering for daredevils and the more sedate alike.
Monastery of Saint Michael
The church of XVIII century Baroque-Rococo monastery of St. Michael is located in the centre of Cabeceiras de Basto, a popular attraction to visit when in the village.
Parque Nacional da Peneda-Geres
The only national park in Portugal, situated at around a 50 minute drive, 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.
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.
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.
The elegant city of Braga, is the third largest in Portugal, located around 1 hours drive of Cabeceiras de Basto, 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.
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