Within half an hour of the sandy beaches at Vila do Conde and lively Pavoa de Varzim, Santo Tirso is a town typical of this region of Portugal. Wander through its narrow streets, marveling at the cultural heritage and sampling renowned sweet pastries and locally produced wine. The excitement and atmosphere of stunning Porto is also within easy reach; whether for an evening out, boat trip or sightseeing the thirty kilometer journey is well worth it!
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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.
This alluring city is the ideal place to head on an evening, whether you wish to spend your evening sampling one of the vast array of eateries on offer, tasting some local wine in one of the wine bars or caves, or mixing with locals until the early hours in one of the many bars lining Portos’ streets, there is certainly something for everyone in this city!
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.
From Porto, take a river cruise into the heart of the Douro Valley, famed for its stunning landscape and a famous wine making region, with cruises specifically catered to sampling local wine.
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.
Just a 25 minute drive of the colourful city of Porto, 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 30 minutes drive of Santo Tirso, Guimaraes was previously awarded the 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 a 30 minute drive of Santo Tirso, 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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