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  1. Towns and Villages
    Vila Nova de Famalicão
    Famalicão, which was founded in the thirteenth century by the king D. Afonso III, is believed to have existed even before the foundation of the Portuguese nationality as the regional seat of the Terras de Vermoim. Its great development did not, (...)

  2. Towns and Villages
    Sabrosa
    Situated in the Port wine demarcated region, Sabrosa still retains various features from the time of its settlement in the Neolithic period (dolmens and cromlechs) and some hill-top forts from the Iron Age, amongst them Castro da Sancha, which was (...)

  3. Sernancelhe
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    Sernancelhe
    Reconquered by the Christians in the eleventh century, this town had previously been occupied by the Romans and the Arabs, who each left behind them distinct traces of their presence. The Romanesque parish church is considered by many to be one of (...)

  4. Towns and Villages
    Chamusca
    A whitewashed town on the bank of the River Tagus, Chamusca lies in the Ribatejo alluvial plain, an extremely fertile region where farming and cattle-breeding are still the main occupations. This is evident in its traditional festivals, of which the (...)

  5. Towns and Villages
    Paredes
    Due to the region´s particular geographical characteristics, the conditions here are ideal for water sports such as canoeing, as well as rock climbing and mountaineering. A special mention should be made of the many Romanesque monuments in the (...)

  6. Rio Maior
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    Rio Maior
    Nearby the Serra dos Candeeiros, Rio Maior was for centuries an important mining centre, since the local population's main occupation was extracting rock-salt from a mine in the Serra. Farming is still the main occupation in the region, with large (...)

  7. Towns and Villages
    Fafe
    Having only recently become an administrative centre (in the nineteenth century), Fafe is heavily marked by the influences brought back by many of its inhabitants who emigrated to Brazil in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. On returning to (...)

  8. Towns and Villages
    Valpaços
    The municipality of Valpaços was founded in the nineteenth century, although it is thought that this region was already inhabited in prehistoric times and later occupied by the Romans, as is in fact proved by the many remains to be found here from (...)

  9. Sardoal
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    Sardoal
    Inhabited since prehistoric times, as demonstrated by several archaeological finds, the oldest document proving the existence of Sardoal dates back to 1313, and consists of a letter written by Queen Santa Isabel, the wife of King Dom Dinis, now kept (...)

  10. Towns and Villages
    Gondomar
    Standing in the midst of gentle, fertile valleys, Gondomar is famous for its goldsmith's work, an activity that has been carried out here for several centuries and is believed to date back as far as the time of the Visigoths and Celts. The origin of (...)

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