Do you want to rent campervans and enjoy a relaxed weekend in Portugal? Take our advice and travel to Amarante. Located in the Douro region, the county has numerous proposals: from the delicious food to natural landscapes, through sporting activities and historical spaces.
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Of certainty that the gluttonous travelers will love Amarante. After all, the gastronomy is full of very abundant dishes with influences from the regions of Minho and Trás-os-Montes. The feijoada (a dish made of beans and several kinds of meat), the tripes, the serrano lamb and the Portuguese stew are some of the major (and tempting) examples.
We should also mention the famous chicken rice, popularized by the nuns of Santa Clara, a lawyer for people with speech difficulties, to whom they were offered in payment promises, numerous poultry. Even today you can see, sometimes by others, chickens and countesses with eggs beside their picture in the Museum of Sacred Art of the Church of São Domingos! Accompany all this by a fresh and reinvigorating green wine. Eggs also play an important role in the confection of the sweets that go well with fine wine from the Douro, produced right there in the south.
Indeed, we must do a special reference to the pastries, which continue to ensure to the people of Amarante and especially to travelers the delicious papos de anjo (a traditional crescent-shaped sweet made with egg yolks, sugar and ground almonds, wrapped in wafer).
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. Amarante is the perfect destination for those who travel through the campervans, looking for cultural values or for outdoor activities and in communing with nature, such as golf, hunting and fishing. This is also a destination of adventure sports, such as climbing or raft.
. The county still breathes history at every corner. It is that the county was already inhabited from early times, when some tribes settled in the Serra da Aboboreira. However, it was the arrival of São Gonçalo (1187-1259) that gave visibility to the region, making the target city of pilgrimages. For the rest, Amarante survived the French invasion led by Napoleon Bonaparte in the nineteenth century and acquired the city was founded on July 8, 1985.
. If it is nature that flames you, the destination is the Tâmega river or the mountains of Abobobeira and Marão, offering both dreamy landscapes and villages of friendly and warm people, rich in tradition and with a marked granite and slate architecture.
. Visit the Museu Municipal Amadeo de Souza Cardoso, a place that aims to bring together materials relating to local history and remember artists and writers born in Amarante: António Carneiro, Amadeo de Souza- Cardoso, Acácio Lino, Manuel Monterroso, Paulino António Cabral, Teixeira de Pascoaes, Augusto Casimiro, Alfredo Brochado, Ilídio Sardoeira, Agustina Bessa Luís, Alexandre Pinheiro Torres…
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Com formação em Produção Animal e em Topografia, Márcio Marques procurou sempre que as suas ocupações profissionais estivessem relacionadas com alguns dos seus hobbies e gostos pessoais. Assim, em 2011, aliando o seu desporto de eleição - o surf - ao prazer pelo contato com o mar e a natureza, criou a Wild Side Campers - aluguer de autocaravanas e equipamento recreativo. Esta combinação perfeita vem possibilitar a quem, como ele, ambiciona percorrer o território livremente, unir a viagem à prática de desporto. Em 2013, Márcio Marques, definiu uma nova etapa para a Wild Side Campers e, assim, além do aluguer de viaturas, passou a disponibilizar a transformação de veículos pessoais em autocaravanas. Quando não está em funções, gosta de estar com a família e os amigos, praticar desporto, andar de mota e viajar.