Travel to the northeast of Portugal and visit the vast historical, cultural and landscape heritage that the fifteen councils making up the Olive oil Route have to offer: Alfândega da Fé, Alijó, Bragança, Carrazeda de Ansiães, Freixo de Espada à Cinta, Macedo de Cavaleiros, Mirandela, Mogadouro, Murça, Tabuaço, Torre de Moncorvo, Valpaços, Vila Flor, Vila Nova de Foz Coa and Vimioso.
- Gastronomy and wines
There are four different roadmaps in this Route: "In the centre of Trás-os-Montes", "The rural and the urban", "A land of fantastic wines and olive oils" and "From the capital of the Manueline style to the rock art engravings of Vale do Côa".
Each roadmap guides the visitor across the cultural, religious and architectural traditions, and of cuisine, showing their history and revealing the handicrafts and natural beauty of each place.
Whether on foot, bicycle or by car, visit the small olive oil farms with their traditional oil presses, learn about the manufacturing processes passed down from generation to generation, and the current, more sophisticated processes of production. Taste some of the sweet, fruity, bitter and intense olive oils, and also the herb-tasting ones, the result of innovative processes introduced by producers.
What to do
- In Mirandela, book a oil-therapy session, a relaxing body moisturiser using a mixture of olive oil with sweet almond oil with jasmine scent
- Visit the Douro region – the Douro International Nature Park covers some of the Trás-os-Montes councils
The production of this powerful antioxidant product finds in Trás-os-Montes a favourable climate and benefits from a large variety of olive-trees, which give this essential Mediterranean product a very high degree of quality.
There are many local DOP brands (protected origin) and the Trás-os-Montes producers already export their olive oil to places as far away as Canada, Japan or the United States of America.
Take the opportunity to taste olive oils of various types, including the organic ones, so that at the end of your trip you can take back those that you like the most.
What you need to know
- There are four main types of olive oil: extra virgin (acidity less than or equal to 0.8%), virgin (acidity less or equal to 2%), olive oil (acidity less than or equal to 1%, contains refined olive oil and virgin olive oil (acidity less or equal to 0.5%)
Taste the best dishes and sausages typical of the region, including the Mirandesa veal steak, posta, the Bísaro pork and the river trout.
The region is also famous for its natural parks – in Macedo de Cavaleiros, visit the Natura Network sites of Monte de Morais, the valleys of Sabor-Maçãs and the mountain-ranges of Montesinho-Nogueira –, across the mountains of Montesinho and Lombada, which you can explore on foot, bicycle or in the comfort of your car, and across the thermal sites.
You will like
- To know that olive oil is used not only in cuisine. Studies show that the consumption of olive oil helps prevent illnesses and bring health benefits.
How to get there
After landing at the International Airport Francisco Sá Carneiro, take the A4 to Amarante and the IP4 to Bragança, in the heart of Trás-os-Montes.