The fertile winegrowing areas of Dão and Bairrada have records dating back to the 12th Century. Both areas are renowned for the excellence of wine they produce, and Dão in particular has been famous since the foundation of Portugal.
The first route goes around the Dão region, which is dominated by granite stone. You’ll visit the town of Viseu and see its rich architectural heritage.
Between the River Dão and River Mondego, the countryside is greener. You’ll discover vineyards belonging to the region’s manor houses, stately homes and the famous forest at Caramulo.
In the Dão region, there are spas to enjoy, like S. Pedro do Sul.
The area is also known for its romantic temples and shale-roofed villages between the River Vouga and River Paiva. The second route takes you through the Bairrada wine region, where the sea has influenced the character of Bairrada wines. Here you’ll discover the Luso and Curia spas, boasting old-fashioned hotels with the charm of the 20’s and 30’s. Neighbouring Buçaco, in the tree-covered hills, is the ideal place for relaxing on your holiday.
On the coast, you’ll find the peaceful atmosphere of lagoons and rivers. There are long beaches with high sand dunes and the area is famous for the picturesque striped houses, which line the shore.