This pretty riverside town is off the beaten track but is well worth a visit as an extension to a stay in Oporto or as a stop en route to the Douro Valley. Rows of 17th century mansions with brightly coloured wooden balconies line the town’s narrow streets. The Ponte de São Gonçalo, which crosses the Tâmega, is a symbol of the town’s heroic defence during the Peninsula War. The monastery cloister is home to the Museu Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso which has an eclectic collection of modernist and contemporary art.

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