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The higher reaches of the Douro are known for their harsh terrain, with baking hot summers and cold winters. Yet this apparently inhospitable region was home to a prehistoric people whose rock engravings, fully mapped only in the 1990s, may now be visited with a guide. This region is also known for the delicate oil made from olives grown here, and for almonds, which in the town of Torre de Moncorvo
are traditionally toasted with sugar.
Small, agreeable Amarante has been overshadowed by its more historic neighbor Guimaraes, but the town still deserves an overnight stop. Straddling...
Barcelos, a bustling market town on the banks of the Rio Cávado with a population of some 18,000, is the center of a flourishing handicrafts...