Saturday, April 13, 2024

Amarante Portugal European Trip

Exploring Amarante Portugal

A Portuguese Gem of Tranquility and Charm

Welcome, fellow travellers and adventure seekers, to the enchanting town of Amarante, Portugal! Nestled amidst the rolling landscapes of the country’s north, Amarante is a captivating destination that beckons with its historic allure, cultural treasures, and natural beauty. Join me on a virtual journey as I unveil the top attractions and experiences this hidden gem has to offer. We are on our way to Braganca today from Porto. We thought we would stop off along the way for a walk around this lovely village of Amarante. Although not everything was open, we managed to see the important attractions.

São Gonçalo Church and Ponte São Gonçalo

Sao Goncalo Church and Ponte Sao Goncalo
Sao Goncalo Church and Ponte Sao Goncalo

Our journey begins with a step back in time at the São Gonçalo Church. This architectural marvel, blending Baroque and Rococo styles, pays homage to São Gonçalo, the town’s patron saint. The intricately carved façade and ornate interior are a testament to the town’s rich history and devotion. Just steps away, the Ponte São Gonçalo, an ancient stone bridge, offers sweeping views of the tranquil Tâmega River.

Municipal Museum Amadeo de Souza Cardoso

Municipal Museum Amadeo de Souza Cardoso
Municipal Museum Amadeo de Souza Cardoso

The Municipal Museum Amadeo de Souza Cardoso is a captivating destination for art enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Nestled in a charming corner of Amarante, Portugal, this museum showcases the remarkable works of Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, a visionary artist renowned for his avant-garde contributions to the art world during the early 20th century. With its diverse collection of paintings, sculptures, and sketches, the museum offers a captivating journey through Cardoso’s artistic evolution. The museum’s elegant architecture complements the vibrant artworks, creating an immersive experience that transports visitors to the heart of Cardoso’s creative realm. Whether you’re a seasoned art connoisseur or a curious traveller, the Municipal Museum Amadeo de Souza Cardoso promises an enriching exploration of Portugal’s artistic heritage.

Municipal Market A Gastronomic Adventure

Mercado Municipal Amarante
Mercado Municipal Amarante Closed the day we visited

If the market was open you could do all of this. Immerse yourself in Amarante’s local culture by visiting the bustling Municipal Market. Wander through stalls bursting with vibrant produce, aromatic spices, and traditional handicrafts. Engage in friendly banter with local vendors, sample artisanal cheeses, and discover the freshest ingredients that grace the tables of Amarante’s kitchens. If only it was open, I missed the friendly banter.

Outdoor Adventures Thrills Amidst Nature

Fishing on the serene waters of the Tamega River
Fishing on the serene waters of the Tamega River

Adventure beckons in Amarante’s great outdoors. Lace-up your hiking boots for scenic trails that unveil breathtaking vistas. Pedal your way through picturesque landscapes on biking routes that cater to all skill levels. And if you seek aquatic excitement, kayaking along the Tâmega River promises an unforgettable experience.

Fishing on the serene waters of the Tamega River in Amarante offers a tranquil escape. Glide in a small boat, casting your line into the river’s embrace. The picturesque surroundings and gentle current create an ideal setting for angling enthusiasts. Feel the anticipation as you wait for a tug on your line, surrounded by Amarante’s beauty. It’s a serene escape that connects you with both nature and the thrill of the catch.

Sunset Magic A Sky of Dreams

Amarante Portugal European Trip
Amarante Portugal European Trip

As the sun begins its descent, Amarante treats you to an exquisite display of colours. Head to one of the town’s viewpoints and watch as the sky is painted with hues of gold and rose. The breathtaking sunset is a reminder of the town’s poetic beauty and the magic that resides in every corner.

Amarante, Portugal, is a treasure trove of experiences that capture the heart and soul of this idyllic region. From its historic landmarks to its culinary delights, this town invites you to write your own story of exploration and wonder. So pack your bags, embrace the allure of Amarante, and let its charm sweep you off your feet. Happy travels!

Confeitaria da Ponte A House with History

Cafe on the River Amarante

Confeitaria da Ponte

Cafe on the River Amarante
Confeitaria da Ponte Cafe on the River Amarante

IN APRIL 1930 “In April 1930, another confectionery establishment started its operation, the third one, owned by Rodrigo Moreira Monteiro, named ‘Confeitaria da Ponte,’ the first on 31 de Janeiro Street. In this location, on September 15, 1909, the grocery store owned by the same proprietor in the old house of the Ponte opened.

The opening of the confectionery is cited as follows: ‘The oven and all the other equipment for making ‘pão de ló,’ ‘lérias,’ ‘cavacas,’ ‘galhofas,’ and other delicious sweets adhere to the strictest hygienic conditions, just like the area where the dough is manipulated—clean, spacious, and neat.

The owner, meticulously selecting the most modern and perfect appliances for this craft, entrusted the management of his new establishment to someone who knows what they are doing, through many years of experience in making regional sweets, with that unique touch that characterizes and distinguishes them at first sight. That person is Mrs Ana Flores Andrade, a former supplier to the Royal House, an honour conferred upon her by Mr D. Manuel de Bragança during his visit to Amarante. Given the aforementioned, the authenticity and purity of our regional sweets are beyond dispute.’

Started working in 1930

Ana Flores Andrade later brought the production of ‘pão de ló’ to ‘Confeitaria da Ponte,’ where she started working in 1930, making this confectionery the first reference for making this sweet in Amarante.

Subsequently, Isilda Marinho Teixeira became the successor of this establishment, and starting from August 31, 1974, José Pinheiro Ribeiro, who worked at ‘Casa das Lérias – Confeitaria Amarantina’ owned by Alcino dos Reis. Since May 1, 2010, it has been managed by Ricardo Jorge da Silveira Ribeiro.”

from Testimonials, Circulo Lago Cerqueira – Pedro Alves Pinto

In January 2020, ‘Confeitaria da Ponte,’ the oldest regional sweets house in Amarante, passed to the 5th generation led by Joana Machado, who, besides upholding the commitment to product and service quality, has been developing new offerings that reinvent tradition, proving that it will always remain a part of the city’s history.

Estacionamento da Feitoria

Free Carpark Amarante (this is where we parked)

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