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The Romanesque throughout Douro Valley

Monastery of Saint Mary of Cárquere Caldas de Aregos Boat trip till Porto Antigo Archaeological Site of Freixo Monastery of Saint Andrew of Ancede Chapel of Our Lady of Deliverance of Fandinhães Memorial of Alpendorada
Embrace the unique landscape of the Douro, enjoying the memories that follow the origin of Portuguese nationality. Through the water mirrors of this unique heritage, allow yourself to be enchanted by the scenic grandeur of the monuments that gaze upon them...

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Programme of the Visit

1st day

2nd day

3rd day



1st day 

MORNING Departure towards Cinfães
Lunch at the restaurant Recanto dos Carvalhos
AFTERNOON Monastery of Saint Mary of Cárquere
According to the legend, the foundation of the Monastery of Cárquere is grounded on the miraculous healing of King Afonso Henriques, who would have been born with a deformity in the legs. This miracle was the work of Our Lady of Cárquere, as a response to a plea by D. Egas Moniz de Ribadouro, the schoolmaster and governor of the first king of Portugal.
Urban Centre of Resende
Come and discover the charms and nooks of this village overlooking the river Douro and indulge yourself with the tasty "Cavacas de Resende".
Caldas de Aregos
The Caldas de Aregos have been here since the 12th century, when D. Mafalda, Queen of Portugal, commissioned the construction of an inn, one of the first among the many thermal spas which followed over time. The legend says that to enable the crossing of the river, the first kings of Portugal created for the poor of that time, the so-called "Barcas de por Deus” (Barges of God), free passages in places where the people needed most.
Boat trip till Porto Antigo
A magnificent journey between lush slopes of the river bank and the rippling of the calm waters of the river Douro.
EVENING Check-in and dinner at the hotel

 

2nd day 

MORNING Breakfast at the hotel
Archaeological Site of Freixo
The Roman-Celtic structure erected in Tongobriga by the Emperor Augustus, matured politically, administratively and economically, resulting in the creation of a city. The excavation allows to conclude that in the end of the 1st century, early 2nd century, Tongobriga appears as civitas, with preponderance over the surrounding area.
Lunch at the restaurant Tongobriga
AFTERNOON Pastry tasting in Freixo
Bridge of Esmoriz
Set over the river Ovil, the Bridge of Esmoriz is framed within a landscape still marked by a strong rurality. Consisting of a single round arch, it is integrated in the set of road crossings associated with the religious and economic importance of its neighbour, the Monastery of Ancede.
Monastery of Saint Andrew of Ancede
The origins of the Monastery of Ancede go back to the 12th century, and the earliest known reference, from 1120, states its connection to the Clerics Regular of Saint Augustine. For several centuries this Monastery held a considerable land assets linked to wine production, which allowed her to enjoy great economic power. Discover the Interpretive Centre of Vine and Wine installed in one of its dependencies.

EVENING

Dinner at the restaurant Casa do Lavrador



3rd day

MORNING Breakfast at the hotel and check-out
Chapel of Our Lady of Deliverance of Fandinhães
The current Chapel of Fandinhães is what remains of the parish church of Saint Martin, significant testimony of the roaming of the teams of craftsmen, in the Romanesque era. The nave of this church, in ruins, was demolished in 1873 and its stone was then reused in the expansion of the current parish church of Saint Clement.
Memorial of Alpendorada
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 Hotel Convento de Alpendorada
AFTERNOON Boat trip from the Pier of Bitetos till Porto
Doubtlessly the most comfortable and relaxing way of getting to know the Douro valley. Gaze upon it in its widest state, with its many furnaces, a ride that will certainly be unforgettable.

 

Price per person in double room:

Douro Palace Hotel****: 320,00€
VAT included
Children from 5 to 9: 50%

The price includes two 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