Amarante: improving the city with pioneering actions


How can a small city like Amarante (PT), located less than one hour from medium-sized urban centres such as Braga (PT) or Guimarães (PT), or even from the metropolitan area of Porto (PT), become a competitive economic centre with the well-being for its citizens at its heart?

Thanks to a number of innovative actions, Amarante is rising to the challenge! The municipality is working towards transforming itself into a city of excellence to live in, to invest in and to be more attractive to visitors.

Located on the banks of the Tâmega river, it is one of the most beautiful cities in the north of Portugal. With monuments and sites to visit, specifically the church and convent of S. Gonçalo, next to the magnificent eponymous bridge, it has great tourism potential.

But, Amarante is also a land of illustrious people…

The poet Teixeira de Pascoaes was born here. Today, visitors can still “see” him sitting in the café-bar where he often met with other cultural figures – the favourite place for friendly chats!

The famous modernist painter Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso is also a son of Amarante. In fact, the municipal museum on the banks of the bucolic Tâmega now bears his name.


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