top of page
Ponte de Arouca

Attractions

Using A32
Using A41
Using A43
atraç A32
> Following A32

THE ROMARIZ CASTRO

On your way along the A32 motorway you can stop in Santa Maria da Feira and visit the Castro de Romariz. It is a fortified settlement dating from the 5th century BC and occupied levels until the 1st century AD which was identified in the middle of the 19th century.

The Romariz Castro is considered one of the most significant archaeological sites in the region between the Douro and Vouga rivers.

Its estate is made up of numerous ceramics, glassware, metals, coins and epigraphs, with an expressive group of indigenous, Punic, Greek and Roman ceramics and two monetary treasures standing out, which indicate the indigenous ergology, regional and long-distance exchanges which relate to the richness of the settlement's chronological and cultural framework, allowing us to recognize its importance in the context of the Castro culture of the Peninsular Northwest.

It is necessary to book a visit in advance, since the enclosure is fenced, next to the Museu Convento dos Loios in Santa Maria da Feira.

Further information here.

Castro Romariz.jpg
> Following A41
atraç A41
Passadiços do Paiva.jpg

THE PAIVA
FOOTBRIDGES

The journey on the A41 also leads to the Paiva Footbridges. They are located on the left bank of the Paiva river and offer the chance of an 8.7 km walk, mostly on wooden walkways in the middle of the mountain by the Paiva river, which flows into the Douro river.

The walkways are 14 km from the town of Arouca (Northern Portugal) and just under 80 km from Porto. The entire route is located in the Arouca Geopark, recognized by UNESCO as a geological heritage of humanity site.

Further information here.

WATER PARK
OF AMARANTE

If you like to spend your vacations in the north of Portugal, choose the A41 motorway for your family trip and stop in Amarante where you will find the Amarante Water Park.

It was created in 1994 and is the first such park in the north of the country. It is integrated within a tourist complex covering over 44,000 m2, the Tâmega Club, which along with the water park has a number of rural holiday homes, an events facility and a wave pool.

It is considered the biggest mountain water park in the Iberian Peninsula.

Further information here.

parque aquatico amarante.jpg
Aqueduto tanques Cimo de Vila.jpg

AQUEDUCT AND TANKS OF CIMO DE VILA

On your business or pleasure trips, take the A41 motorway to Paredes, a city with many points of interest.

The Aqueduct and Tanks of Cimo de Vila dates from the 19th century and is located in Vila Nova de Carros. It is popularly known as "calões" (cauldrons) as it has an architecture of rural characteristics with a granite construction.

It is formed horizontally by dug gutters, which sit on vertical pillars, carrying water from an initial point determined as mines to an end point, similar to tanks, which is located in the center of the town. The Aqueduct and Tanks of Cimo de Vila is classified as a Municipal Public Interest Property.

Further information here.

BRIDGE OF AROUCA

Travel the A41 to Arouca where you can visit the most iconic work of the municipality: The Arouca Hanging Bridge.

Above the Paiva river, the bridge is 516 meters long and 175 meters high. The structure consists of 127 metal railing decks 4 meters long and 1.20 meters wide.

Inaugurated on May 2, 2021, the Suspension Bridge is inserted in the middle of Arouca Geopark. From the Bridge, we can glimpse the Paiva walkways, the Aguieiras waterfall and the beautiful landscapes that surround the Paiva river.

Further information here.

Ponte de Arouca.jpg
Atraç A43
> Following A43
Moinhos de Jancido.jpg

MILLS OF JACIDO

This is a journey with history, to do without haste and to breathe fresh air, appreciate the diversity of the local fauna and flora and discover the Mills of Jancido with 200 years of existence, which today constitute the main attraction of the route.

The eight mills had as function the transformation of corn and other cereals into flour. Of this set, stands out a mill built in shale, with cover in slate tile, laded by a waterfall. These mills stopped working in the 1970s due to the emergence of electrical assembly systems. The mills, powered by water, are no longer productive, so the last to stop working was the Chapel in 1979.

Further information here.

bottom of page