Baião is a small, rural town on the North side of the River Douro. Here, the landscape is an interesting mix of agricultural valleys, green slopes and granite houses along side a small selection of good restaurants and quaint shops. Baião provides a fantastic base from which to explore the surrounding towns and villages of the Douro. Within an hour in either direction you will find the larger town of Régua to the East and the famous city of Porto to the West, where attractions such as the medieval Cathedral, Port wine cellars, narrow winding streets and pavement cafés await you.
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To indulge in some real local specialties in the Douro Valley region try some of the wonderfully tasting meat dishes, some popular choices are roasted baby goat, wild boar stew and partridge. Fish dishes are also divine as the fish is caught from the Douro river, these are oozing in flavors and are accompanied by freshly grown vegetables. Be sure to try some of the famous ports and wine of the Douro Valley, these are a great way to wash down these delightful dishes.
Evenings out can be spent in one of the delightful handful of restaurants in Baiao, ideal for those who want to enjoy the atmosphere of a Portuguese village and sample some local delights.
A region full of vineyards, Douro Valley is the ideal place to visit if you enjoy good wine. Within a 35 minute drive you will find the Quinta da Aveleda winery set in pretty gardens, with organised tours allowing you to explore their gardens, vineyards and grounds, as well as taste some of their wine, including the famous wine of the region Vinho Verde.
Located within 40 minutes drive of the centre of Baiao, you will find Magikland, the largest amusement park in Portugal. Home to six different theme areas; Africa, World of Confusion, Medieval Village, Pirates’ Refuge, Souk and Wild West, with each area having a specific feel to it with different rides for children and adults to enjoy.
Usually open from June-mid September, Parque Aquático de Amarante is situated around 35 minutes from Baiao. This popular water park caters for daredevils and the more sedate alike, with plenty on offer to keep all ages entertained.
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.
Situated within an hour’s drive, 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.
Located around a 50 minute drive from Baiao, 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.
The elegant city of Braga, is the third largest in Portugal, located around an hour’s drive from Baiao, and well worth spending a day exploring during your stay. 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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