We are traveling to Porto in August and we are debating weather to stop in amarante for a couple of nights or just continue from Porto to Obidos. Any suggestions?
Well that's a difficult question!
Coming from Porto, where I'm from, You'll find Amarante pretty small and quick to visit! It's a beautiful small town by the river and Casa da Calçada a magnificent hotel - but don't look much further than having a quiet time around.
Important thing is that Amarante is in the interior, so expect 35-40 °C in August!! I've been to Óbidos and it's magical! But a couple days there is enough so if you have 4-5 days after visiting Porto then I think you should visit Amarante (or Aveiro that's on the way from from Porto to Óbidos!).
Hope you enjoy your stay!
You would be wise to stop half way. Several choises: Monverde or Relais et Chateaux in Amarante. Worth wile!!
Hotel and restaurant are nice, though the town is nothing special.
i suggest you spend a day in Amarante,and at the casa da calçada. As far as òbidos,a day trip is sufficient...
Amarante itself is nice but not too special, but you can stay at this lovely pampering hotel and from here visit the douro Vally and other near destinations. The hotel is very relaxing great location and highly recommend.
I would suggest that one night is enough for sure! Enjoy
We loved Amarante and thought the hotel was great and the food in the restaurant was an experience not to be missed. I think it depends on what you like doing as to how long you stay. We enjoy walking and it's lovely by the river for a walk. There is also an old railway line that has been turned into a walk/cycle track which we walked. The church is OK to go round and there is a good art gallery which surprised us in such a small place. There is also a good bus service which goes into Braga which is worth doing. For me I would say go for 2 nights.
It is a charming town with a lovely location. I would stop there for one night.
The hotel restaurant while Michelin rated was not impressive. Great bar, terrace and ground.
I would stay just one night in Amarante, which is nice but small. I'd spend the night in this cosy and nice hotel and would have a dinner in its reputed restaurant.
Amarante was very pleasant though not an exceptional town with a museum and with a pretty location on both sides of the river. It is a good home base for the area to the east which is a UNESCO World Heritage area for terraced vineyards and some pretty small towns. Amarante does have the advantage of an exceptional hotel and restaurant.
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