Things to do
Rise early for a trip to Peneda-Gerês National Park. From lush landscapes to prehistoric sites, waterfalls to walking trails, there’s much to see. Follow old shepherd paths through ancient woodland, or the Roman road that runs through the park. Stop off at centuries-old villages, or picnic beside a lagoon. As you travel, look around for ibex, deer and the famous Garrano ponies, or up to the sky to spot eagles.
In Amares eateries you’ll come across hearty plates of boar sausages, spicy pork and cod fritters. If you’re feeling bold, seek out the Amares regional staple sarrabulho porridge, traditionally made with pig’s blood. And be sure to accompany what you eat with a glass of Vinho Verde – fresh, young wine made from grapes grown in Minho.
Near Braga is Bom Jesus do Monte – a point of pilgrimage for hundreds of years. Climb over 100 metres of carved, stone stairs to the top. Or take the funicular railway for a gentler trip. At the summit is a magnificent neo-classical sanctuary with fountains said to represent the five senses – not to mention spectacular views. Or find time to visit Santo André de Rendufe, a monastery with roots in the 12th century. Inside, marvel at the intricate gold work. Then step outside to admire the Baroque gardens and fountain.