Resende: Travel and tourism

Ovadas: Covelinhas Bridge
Ovadas: Covelinhas Bridge
On the threshold of the Port wine-growing region, the county of Resende is known, however, for another agricultural produce: cherries, in whose honour a festival is held each May, attracting large numbers of visitors.

Resende boasts of other valuable assets, namely an historical and architectural patrimony which includes pre-historic monuments, remarkable churches and beautiful manor-houses.

The most interesting archaeological sites are the megalithic station of São Cristóvão and the proto-historic settlements of Mogueira and Santa Maria de Cárquere.

In terms of religious architecture, Resende exhibits several Romanesque treasures, such as the church of São Martinho de Mouros (dating from the 12th century and resembling a military fortification), the church of Santa Maria de Cárquere (displaying a tower with battlements and a minute ivory carving of the Virgin Mary, probably of Visigothic origin) and the Mother Church of Barrô (dating from the 13th-century, with a 17th-century tower and main-altar with precious sculptures).

Across the county, wonderful manor-houses rise on beautiful estates and farms, such as the 18th-century Solar de Soenga, at São Martinho de Moiros, the Casa de Porto de Rei, on a terraced slope near the river Douro, or the Casa da Torre da Lagariça, at the parish of São Cipriano, depicted in a novel by the great 19th-century Portuguese author Eça de Queiroz.

Traditional arts and crafts have not been lost at Resende and visitors will find a variety of handicrafts, from unusual black pottery, straw hats and basketry to embroideries, lace and rag carpets, among other objects.

The local gastronomy is equally rich and offers excellent cured meats, a delicious roast lamb and the typical cavacas of Resende (a light, crisp kind of cake), among other specialities.
Douro Park Hotel Douro Park Hotel
Caldas de Arêgos, Resende
$$$ (50 to 100 euros)

Douro Park Hotel is located in the heart of Douro's valley, near the Arêgos thermal springs and the new quay. It has one guestroom adapted for disabled people and two suites.

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