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A prosperous town set amid a fertile landscape carpeted with vineyards and orchards, Lamego is also rich in baroque churches and mansions. It straddles the River Balsemão, a small tributary of the Douro, and is close to the great river itself. The town is flanked by two hills, one topped by a castle, the other by the Nossa Senhora dos Remédios, a major pilgrimage site. A monumental staircase leads
straight up from the town's central avenue to the church steps. The surrounding region has more quintas (wine estates) to visit or stay—plus one of Europe's top spa hotels.
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