"Barcas de por Deus" ("Barges of God")

Thermal Circuit Church of Saint Christopher of Nogueira Quinta da Massorra Regional Meal Church of Saint Mary of Meinedo  Church of Saint Mammes of Vila Verde Tower of Vilar
Come and enjoy a relaxing weekend in the warm waters of the Baths of Aregos, here since the 12th century, when D. Mafalda, Queen of Portugal, commissioned the construction of an inn, a first one of the many thermal spas which followed over time.

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Programme of the Visit

1st day

2nd day

3rd day

1st day - Friday

Check-in and lunch at the hotel


2nd day - Saturday

MORNING Breakfast at the hotel
Thermal Circuit
Come relax and pamper yourself! The Caldas de Aregos are one of the best known spas in the country. The sulphurous water, with bicarbonate and sodium fluoride captured herein, are indicated for the treatment of skin diseases, arthritis, muscular disorders, among others.
Lunch at the restaurant A Tília
AFTERNOON Church of Saint Christopher of Nogueira

Dramatically changed in the Modern Era, the Church of Saint Christopher, of the former county of Nogueira, is structurally a medieval building, from the late Romanesque, which may still be seen in the main gate, the corbels, the cornices and frieze plots.

Quinta da Massorra
Reconnect with nature and participate in agricultural activities of the Quinta da Massorra.
EVENING Regional Meal
Taste the wine, the regional products, the "caldo verde" (broth) and the "Cavacas de Resende" at the Quinta da Massorra.

3rd day - Sunday

MORNING Breakfast at the hotel and check-out

Crossing of the Douro on boat
An unforgettable experience between Caldas de Aregos and the railway station of Aregos. 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.

Train trip to Meinedo, Lousada
Church of Saint Mary of Meinedo 
Building of late construction, the Church of Meinedo may correspond to the rebuilding of an ancient hermit monastery which would have been erected in the same location in the 11th century, renovating an old 7th century Swabian-Visigothic building. The current building would date from the 13th century, a fact attested by the 1262 inscription at the entrance of the Church. The Church enjoys great prestige, since Meinedo was once the seat of a Bishopric in the 6th century.
Lunch at the restaurant Pitarisca
AFTERNOON 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.
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...


Price per person in double room:

Douro Park Hotel****: 238,00€
Single room supplement: 27,00€
VAT included
Children from 5 to 9: 50%

The price includes two nights on a bed and breakfast scheme, 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, free access to the Thermal Circuit (a Vichy bath with massage + access to the pool, Turkish bath or gym), meals and tastings mentioned, tranfers*, transportation and personal injury insurance.

Minimum number of participants: 12.

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

Dates: all year round, except Carnival, Easter, Christmas and New Year.

* Transfers to and from the International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro (Porto).

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