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TRÁS-OS-MONTES

The marvellous kingdom beyond Marão Mountain

The region of Trás-os-Montes presents two well-defined zones: the hot land and the cold land. Altitude has a significant influence on the climate of both regions, being the most important factor to consider. Generally speaking, the cold land includes the zones that are over 600m high, characterised by mild summers and cold winters, including the municipalities of High Trás-os-Montes like Montalegre, Boticas, Vinhais, Bragança and Vila Pouca de Aguiar. The hot land has sizzling hot summers and mild winters, covering the valleys of rivers Tua, Sabor and Douro Superior. Mirandela is located in this region. Within the cold land, there is also the Barroso sub-region, located by the border with Galicia. It includes the councils of Montalegre and Boticas, an area that has preserved interesting community customs and traditions.

 

Bragança has a rich heritage, located in the northeast extreme of Portugal. The upper town, surrounded by walls, along with recently renewed margins of Sabor River and the cathedral square are must-see spots. You should also pay a visit to Abade do Baçal Museum, presenting a rich ethnographical collection. Montesinho Natural Park is located north, east and west, providing some of the most beautiful Portuguese landscapes.

 

The plateau of Miranda is a world apart. It has an officially recognised language of its own and dreamlike landscapes. Douro International Natural Park, situated on both sides of the border, is one of its main highlights. This region protects and preserves traditions, from bagpipe sounds to the dance of the traditional folk group "pauliteiros", from handmade production of razors to the protection of local donkey breed in Atenor.

 

We must also mention Chaves, a city surrounded by walls with a medieval historical centre and a Roman bridge. Mirandela is the princess of Tua River, a vast water mirror that brought to the city several international power boating championships. There are many sober, but also authentic places like Vinhais or Vimioso, as well as the true precious jewel of Algoso castle. There is also Freixo de Espada à Cinta, the land of the Gothic portals or Torre de Moncorvo, the capital of blossoming cherry trees, or Macedo de Cavaleiros, Vila Flor or Alfândega da Fé.

 

In terms of gastronomy, let us start with the meat, either "mirandesa" or "transmontana" with garlic or olive oil. The most important thing is that meat chump is high, tender and full of flavours. There are also boiled specialities, peel soup or typical bean stew. Let us try local sausages and smoked sausages, without forgetting game bird dishes. By the end of the meal, we must not forget the cheeses or the sweets (egg or almond-based sweets). Gastronomy, the greatest highlight of tourism promotion, can be the first reason to visit this region, offering generous dishes prepared by a humble welcoming people.

 

In terms of handicraft, men make iron and wooden pieces, whereas women take care of silk, weave the linen and the cloths and smoke the sausages by the fireplace. Among the main icons of the region are the Boys' Feasts in Christmas time and New Year's Eve with several traditional masks and costumes, apart from traditional folk group "pauliteiros de Miranda" and Podence masks (Caretos de Podence) used in Carnival. The Iberian Museum of Mask and Costume opened in February 2007 in the citadel of Bragança, in order to preserve the memory of these traditions, also defended by the Museum of Miranda do Douro.

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