Portugal - Trás-os-Montes (Chapter)
This is the Trás-os-Montes chapter from Lonely Planet's Portugal guidebook.
Sandwiched between the Rio Douro and the Spanish border in Portugal’s extreme northeast corner, ruggedly beautiful Trás-os-Montes is named for its centuries-long isolation ‘be-hind the mountains’. A handful of attractive cities with Roman and medieval roots oﬀ er worthy urban diversions, but rural life is still the region’s heart and soul, from the southwest’s steep vine-yard-clad hillsides, to the olive groves, almond orchards and rugged canyonlands of the sun-baked east, to the chestnut-shaded, heathery highlands of the north.
- Stroll the formal gardens and taste fine Portuguese wines at the stately 18th-century Palácio de Mateus
- Swim and slide into natural pools above the dramatic Fisgas de Ermelo waterfall in Parque Natural do Alvão
- Watch the sheep return home at sundown in Rio de Onor, a town built squarely on the Portugal–Spain border
- Delight in the devilish grins of winter carnival masks at the Museu Ibérico da Máscara e do Traje in Bragança
Coverage Includes: Vila Real, Parque Natural do Alvão, Mondim de Basto, Chaves, Bragança, Parque Natural de Montesinho, Mirandela, Miranda do Douro, Parque Natural do Douro Internacional
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