10 Things to Do in Amares That You Shouldn't Miss

October 30, 2017 Rebbecca Marino

Amares (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐˈmaɾɨʃ]) is a municipality in Braga District, Portugal. The population in 2011 was 18,889, in an area of 81.95 km².
Restaurants in Amares

1. Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Abadia

Largo do Santuario da Abadia | Santa Maria do Bouro, Amares 4720-643, Portugal +351 253 378 128
Excellent
44%
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48%
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

Santuario de Nossa Senhora da Abadia

Reviewed By Joaquim V - Porto, Portugal

see the small museum . is not a large one but you can see how pilgrims sleep there as been as tje people live 100 years ago

2. Castelo de Lanhoso

Rua do Pilar, Povoa de Lanhoso 4830-597, Portugal +351 253 639 700
Excellent
33%
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56%
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10%
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4 based on 77 reviews

Castelo de Lanhoso

Reviewed By makakito - Lisbon, Portugal

This is a unique place, in top of a natural huge stone. You also got the statue of virgin Mary protecting the city, a restaurant/coffee shop, an old church, and an old (small castle). We could enter the castle, but not the main tower, which was supposed to be open that day. The tower says in Portuguese it is closed 2 days of the week, Tuesday I think, and Wednesday, and then in English Tuesday and Thursdays, which is confusing at best, however it was a Friday and it was closed too. Nevertheless, a place worthy a visit if you are driving nearby Braga.

3. Bom Jesus do Monte

3 Miles Southeast of Braga N 103 3, Braga 4715-165, Portugal +351 253 676 636
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2 reviews

Bom Jesus do Monte

Reviewed By simmondsi - Darmstadt, Germany

We took the funicular up, which was fun (tip: stand outside the cabin at the front) but the church itself was nothing special. View is far but mostly of the modern part of Braga with high-rises, so disappointing. Still, the view upwards of the staircases is impressive.

4. Quinta de Lamoso

Rua da Ponte de Rodas | Termas de Caldelas, Caldelas 4720-243, Portugal +351 964 884 407
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5 based on 7 reviews

Quinta de Lamoso

In Quinta de Lamoso, in the beautiful thermal town Caldelas in Amares, with 90 000m2 in natural environment and a stunning landscape, you will enjoy unforgettable holidays. Horses, Ponies and carriages rides inside and outside the farm. Enjoy the Spa Caldelas and mount São Pedro with 570 meters altitude, from which you will have a panoramic view over the Valleys Cávado and Homem Rivers. Our horses are of Cruzado Lusitano breed, gentle horses, ideal for beginners. Nacional Park Gerês: 10km Braga: 12km Guimarães: 45km Porto: 70km Spain: 70km

Reviewed By Francisco S

My experience at Quinta de Lamoso was outstanding. This is a magnificent and laid back spot for horse lovers right in the heart of the Minho region, where tradition and rurality are still preserved at it's best.
Everything was absolutely spot on, the horses, the views of the farm, the family environment created by the always helpful Manuel, everything was absolutely 5 stars! More than a horse ridding club with all the formalities this is the kind of place where we could take time to relax , be in contact with nature and have a wonderful time with our familly, always surrounded by our favourite animals ;-)).
What's also surprising is that being a horse related activity the prices at this place are very reasonable, I presume as a result of being in a rural area, but definitely that was the cherry on top of the cake. I am usually quite sceptical about getting on board of these bargains - and I was somehow expecting some king of catch - but I can say with confidence that there is no catch here. It is a genuine family managed business where we spend an amazing time, and I am very positive that we will be back.

5. Santuario Nossa Senhora do Alivio

En 101 | Soutelo - Vila Verde, Vila Verde 4730-570, Portugal
Excellent
33%
Good
51%
Satisfactory
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4 based on 6 reviews

Santuario Nossa Senhora do Alivio

Reviewed By Amazon122s - Santa Comba Dao, Portugal

On our trip to the North Region of Portugal, we had a stopover in the small village of Vila Verde, this in order to bring a visit to the sanctuary of “Nossa Senhora do Alívio”. The sanctuary has being constructed into the XIX century and is an example of the religious arquitecture in this region, in the front we do have two bell towers, and in the middle the virgin Maria and child. The inside is simple but has some nice coloured glass windows. There is a great carpark in the front of the church, and all this together made is a good option to have a stopover.

6. Santuario do Bom Jesus do Monte

Rua do Bom Jesus, Braga 4715-422, Portugal +351 253 676 636
Excellent
71%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Santuario do Bom Jesus do Monte

Reviewed By Miguel2770 - Lisbon, Portugal

Santuario do Bom Jesus do Monte is a beautiful complex with marvelous parks, the church, restaurants and hotel. One way to see it is to take the funicular till the sanctuary and then go down by the 600 steps stair which is also marvelous.

7. Mosteiro De Santo Andre De Rendufe

Lugar Do Mosteiro, Amares, Portugal
Excellent
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Good
38%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 13 reviews

Mosteiro De Santo Andre De Rendufe

Reviewed By chickandbeast - Durham, Canada

Mosteiro de Santo Andre de Rendufe was located just 5 minutes away from the rennovated farm house we stayed in in Amares Portugal. It is surrounded by vinyards and cornfields.
There wasnt really anywhere designated to park so we just pulled over at the side of the road. It is a once spectacular monastery but is now in need of a little tender loving care.
It could also benefit from some plaques noting its special historical significance to Amares not everyome can google on site.
It seems rather neglected.

8. Autocar Bar

Rio Homem, Amares, Portugal
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3.5 based on 7 reviews

Autocar Bar

Reviewed By RangerAmorim - Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Quem viu aquele espaço sem nada,nos primórdios e agora! De uma zona virgem pouco cuidada,passou a um local de referência para passar uns bons momentos entre amigos

9. Mosteiro de Sao Martinho de Tibaes

Mosteiro de Tibaes Rua do Mosteiro, Braga 4700-565, Portugal +351 253 622 670
Excellent
71%
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4.5 based on 179 reviews

Mosteiro de Sao Martinho de Tibaes

Reviewed By marcopretelli

A very large, recently restored complex that offers endless opportunities for knowledge. From those related to the history of monasteries in Portugal, from their fortunes to the misfortunes; to the constructive ones of a very complex complex, with parts dating to different ages and very different technologies; to the artistic products, produced in centuries. Then there is the chapter of the restoration works, recently concluded, with some very interesting ideas. In short, a visit that is worth doing. Beyond the organized tours, it is worth walking a bit around the inhabited rooms and watching walls, ceilings, floors: from the anti-seismic pombaline walls, to the cloaked ceilings ... At least, a pair of hours!

10. Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro

Avenida Nossa Sra. do Sameiro 44 | Monte do Sameiro, Braga 4715-165, Portugal +351 253 675 130
Excellent
61%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 481 reviews

Sanctuary of Our Lady of Sameiro

Reviewed By RobertJE - London, United Kingdom

There is a small entrance fee to visit the Cathedral (2 Euros) but you really need to visit the choir area and the chapels as well which is only 2 Euros more. For one Euro more you can also visit the museum. The main part of the Cathedral seemed quite dark and less ornate than I expected apart from the choir area around the organ. We were taken up there as part of a guided visit to the chapels (for the extra 2 Euros). The young lady who took us was apparently undertaking an internship as part of her Tourism qualification - she certainly knew her stuff and was very informative. I really enjoyed visiting the organ/choir area - the woodwork stalls and walls were amazing - and the three separate chapels were also interesting. The Cathedral itself is quite an imposing building which I thought looked best at night when lit up. It's certainly worth staying at least one night in Braga if possible - we thought it was a lovely city. The pictures we took at night make the Cathedral look much more striking than those we took during the day.

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