In the land of the valleys of Sousa, Tâmega and Douro, in the heart of the North of Portugal, stands an important architectural heritage of Romanesque origin. Common traits that carry legends and stories born with the foundation of the Nationality and which witness the significant role that this territory formerly played in the history of the nobility and religious orders in Portugal.
This heritage is structured in the Route of the Romanesque, germinated, in 1998, within the municipalities that comprise the VALSOUSA - Associação de Municípios do Vale do Sousa [Association of Municipalities of Vale do Sousa] and extended, in 2010, to the remaining municipalities of the NUT III - Tâmega, thus bringing together in a supramunicipal project a common historical and cultural legacy.
Anchored in a set of monuments of great value and exceptional characteristics, the Route of the Romanesque intends to take on a role of excellence in the scope of cultural and landscape touring, able to position the region as a reference destination of the Romanesque.
On a voyage through History, the Route of the Romanesque also offers moments of contemplation to its visitors and invites them to contact with the peoples of the region. Trails and paths await you for walking or cycling, in perfect communion with nature. And the river Paiva challenges the boldest ones to unique experiences with unforgettable rafting slides.
Numerous festivities and pilgrimages are the privileged stage for a re-enactment of the old markets, brought alive by the unique forms of dancing, playing and singing. Identity marks also present in the traditional arts and crafts, from which the embroidery, linen work and the restoration of artwork and wood carving stand out.
Experience the tastes and odours of traditional cuisine, always served with green wines of excellence sprung in these lands. Recover your strengths in the quietness that surrounds the rural tourism units in the region or go for a walk in the centenary gardens, where time seems to have stood still. Wherever you go, you will be welcomed with the courtesy and authenticity of the local population.