Lamego is a beautiful town of historical and cultural importance within the Douro Valley where the buildings are elegant and the streets are laced with pavement cafés. Although sometimes a quiet place, every September, thousands of people flock to Lamego on an annual pilgrimage to the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Church. Over six hundred granite steps lead up to the entrance of this marvelous Baroque building, each staircase lined with decorative tiles, statues and fountains. Once you reach the top though, a rewarding sight awaits you as the twin-towered church commands unbeatable views over the town below.
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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.
For those who want to spend evenings dining out and sampling traditional Portuguese cuisine, Lamego is ideal, with a good selection of restaurants on offer for you to enjoy.
A region full of vineyards, Douro Valley is the ideal place to visit if you enjoy good wine, with many wine tours available. Situated around 20 minutes from Lamego you will find the Quinta de Santa Eufemia, a family run winery producing wine and port.
Casa de Mateus
Visited by many for its fantastic baroque architecture and beautiful gardens, Casa de Mateus is located around a 30 minute drive from Lamego. Daily tours are available for those wishing to soak up the beauty of this impressive Portuguese country house.
Nossa Senhora dos Remédios Church
Over six hundred granite steps lead up to the entrance of this marvellous Baroque building, each staircase lined with decorative tiles, statues and fountains. Once you reach the top, a rewarding sight awaits you as the twin-towered church commands unbeatable views over Lamego.
The Parque Natural do Alvão is Portugal’s smallest natural park, an area of 8000 mountainous hectares set between Vila Real and Mondim de Basto, around a 50 minute drive from Lamego. If you enjoy nature and exploring and have a half day to spare, there are two official walks around the Parque.
Situated within an hour and a half 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 visit on your way to your villa. 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.
The nearby city of Vila Real can be found within a 35 minute drive and offers a charming and interesting place for a day of exploration, with many quaint buildings housing an array of restaurants and shops.
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