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Cabeceiras de Basto and Vieira do Minho, and also their neighbouring towns like Póvoa de Lanhoso, Fafe and Terras de Bouro, hold on firmly to their traditions, such as the annual procession. MisarelaYet, time hasn’t stopped there. You will find banks with cash dispensers, a post office, an Internet café, a tourist office, a healthcare centre and all kinds of shops, cafés, restaurants and of course pastelarias. The weekly markets are nice to visit, they are very lively and offer a wide variety of goods.

In Cabeceiras de Basto the former monastery with baroque church also merits a visit. In the municipality of Vieira do Minho you can find a spectacularly situated medieval bridge and a chapel built under a huge boulder. Agra, halfway Cabeceiras and Viera, is one of the best preserved villages in the region. The main attraction of Póvoa de Lanhoso is the 12th century castle. The nearby village of Travassos is famous for its gold filigree workshops. Mondim has a nice old centre with narrow, winding streets, where the views are dominated by the Senhora da Graça, a cone shaped mountain, named after the pilgrims church on top.
WalkingThe region is a paradise for walks and hikes. Between villages and fields are lots of old roads, lanes and paths, some no longer in use after the rise of the car. In several places you can see deep marks in the stone, ground away over the years by the wheels of ox-carts. In the Serra’s you can walk for hours without meeting anyone, except maybe a shepherd with his sheep and goats or a small herd of garranos (semi-wild horses). In addition you can find stone shelters some centuries old or arte rupestre (rupestral art) from before our time.
You need to be in good condition and have a multi-geared mountain bike, but then the Serra da Cabreira is also very good terrain for cycling tours.
Swimming is possible in many places, Caniçadafor instance in the reservoir of Ermal or in one of the small rivers. Some villages have a praia fluvial, an enclosed part of a river with picnic facilities or a bar. The large reservoir of Caniçada, situated between the Serra da Cabreira and the Serra do Gerês to the North, has all kinds of water sports.
Those who love outdoor sports like rope sliding, rafting, paintball etc., can exert themselves at the Diver Lanhoso and Pena Aventura outdoor parks.
The Gerês mountains, which form the southern part of the impressive Peneda-Gerês national park, are also a great area for hiking and for safari trips with a Land Rover.
A bit further away, but all within reach for a day-trip, there is also a lot to see. For instance:
   • Braga, the religious capital of the North with the sanctuary of Bom Jesus,
   • Guimarães (Unesco World Heritage), with the nearby excavations of Briteiros (Iron Age),
   • Chaves where a bridge built by the Romans is still in use,
   • Barcelos with its famous weekly market,
   • the charming town of Amarante,
   • Vila Real and the manor house Mateus (seen on the label of the rosé wine),
   • the city of Porto (also a Unesco World Heritage site),
   • the fine sandy beaches near Esposende,
   • the small but exceptional nature reserve of Alvão, west of Vila Real,
   • the vineyards of the Douro valley.

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