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Across the Lands of Tâmega and Sousa

City of Porto Cruise till Castelo de Paiva Memorial of Sobrado Hill Fort of Monte Mozinho Memorial of Ermida Monastery of the Saviour of Paço de Sousa  Municipal Museum of Penafiel Tower of Vilar Church of Saint Mammes of Vila Verde House of the "Pão de Ló" of Margaride Quinta da Aveleda Historical Centre of Amarante Monastery of the Saviour of Travanca
Unveil the wonders of this territory, origin of Portuguese nationality, walking the millenarian paths that go back to the times of King Afonso Henriques. Allow yourself to be overwhelmed with the hidden treasures of Tâmega and Sousa.

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Programme of the Visit

1st day

2nd day

3rd day

4th day



1st day (Optional)

AFTERNOON Check-in at the Grande Hotel do Porto***
City of Porto
Discover the “Invicta” (the city of Porto is also known as the Unvanquished City) in a different perspective, on board a panoramic bus.
EVENING Dinner at the restaurant Casa do Vitorino

 

2nd day

MORNING Meeting at the pier of Gaia
Cruise till Castelo de Paiva
Enjoy the breathtaking landscapes of the river Douro and live the unique experience of a lock at the Crestuma-Lever dam with a 14 meter drop. Includes breakfast on board.
Memorial of Sobrado
The Memorials of Alpendorada, Sobrado, Ermida and Santo António are, according to the legend, related to Princess Mafalda, daughter of King Sancho I and granddaughter of King Afonso Henriques. These are traditionally referred to as a stopping point on the transfer of her body to the Monastery of Arouca. These monuments have a symbolic value of great interest, especially since this typology can only be found in the Portuguese territory.
Lunch at the restaurant Miradouro
AFTERNOON

Hill Fort of Monte Mozinho
The occupation in this village lasted longer than usual in these ancient cities. The earliest traces date back to the first century AD and continued until the Middle Ages. It occupies an area that exceeds 200 thousand square meters.

Memorial of Ermida
A monument of great interest and that corresponds to a typology of which only six buildings are left in the whole country.
Monastery of the Saviour of Paço de Sousa 
A monument quite crucial for understanding the architecture of the Romanesque of the Tâmega and Sousa. Its singular features, in architecture as in sculpture, and the fact that it retains the tomb of Egas Moniz, the schoolmaster and governor of the first king of Portugal, turn this former Benedictine monastery into one of the most appealing and prestigious testimonies of the Portuguese Romanesque architecture.
EVENING Check-in at the Penafiel Park Hotel****
Dinner at the restaurant A Cozinha da Terra



3rd day

MORNING Breakfast at the hotel
Municipal Museum of Penafiel
Dedicated to Archaeology, Ethnography and Local History, the renovated Municipal Museum of Penafiel was given the Museum of the Year award in 2010.
Lunch at the restaurant Casa do Feitor
AFTERNOON Tower of Vilar
Built in the second half of the 13th century or early 14th century, this Tower, 14 meters high, more than a military construction, is a symbol of feudal power over the territory...
Church of Saint Mammes of Vila Verde
A beautiful specimen of late Romanesque, in which some traces of the mural painting made by master Arnaus in the 16th century can still be seen.
House of the "Pão-de-Ló" of Margaride
Taste the famous "Pão de Ló" (sponge cake) and the “Cavacas” of Margaride, in their House Museum in Felgueiras, and enjoy the huge wood-fired ovens, built in 1730, on the occasion of its foundation.
EVENING Free dinner



4th day

MORNING Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
Quinta da Aveleda
Stroll through one of the most beautiful gardens of Romanesque design and discover nooks of pure meditation. Surrender to the simple pleasures of life and taste the wine and cheese of Quinta da Aveleda sitting in magnificent terrace with panoramic views.
Lunch at the restaurant Zé da Calçada
AFTERNOON Historical Centre of Amarante
The typical streets, the Convent of Saint Gonçalo and the bridge over the river Tâmega will certainly surprise you! The famous convent pastry of Amarante, available in the local bakeries, will awaken your gluttony ...
Monastery of the Saviour of Travanca
The Monastery of Travanca, considered one of the most important Benedictine temples in the country, represents one of the most rhythmic spaces of Romanesque architecture in Portugal. The tower, which should date from the late 13th century or early 14th century, deserves special attention for being one of our highest medieval towers. At the end of the visit we say farewell with a concert of Gregorian chants.

Price per person in double room:

Penafiel Park Hotel****: 305,00€
Optional programme − Grande Hotel do Porto***: 50,00€
VAT included
Children from 5 to 9: 50%

The price includes three nights on a bed and breakfast scheme, transportation, admission at the indicated locations, touring by an official guide, guided tour to the monuments of Route of the Romanesque by a qualified heritage expert, meals and tastings mentioned, and personal injury insurance.

Minimum number of participants: 25. 

Customisable standard programme, subject to availability and reconfirmation of prices.

Dates: all year round.

Informations
Rota do Românico
P +351 255 810 706 | 918 116 488
visitasrr@valsousa.pt

Tourism Operator
Geostar
P +351 211 572 287
henrique.santos@geostar.pt
www.geostar.pt
RNAVT n.º: 1819