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Santo Tirso is the perfect place to stay while you are exploring Porto as many of the city’s most popular attractions are close. Two attractions that should top every visitor’s itinerary is the fascinating Valongo Municipal Library and the much-loved Continente Shopping Centre. And if your schedule allows, be sure to visit Valongo Cathedral and the Largo da Oliveira.
Be sure to visit some of the nearby museums and galleries, which help make the area such a great vacation choice. Explore, admire and be thoroughly entertained in the variety of museums which include Medina Museum in Braga, the D. Diogo de Sousa Museum and Museu Arqueologico in Barcelos. Aspiring artists should enjoy the local artwork and other exhibits at the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art. Culture vultures will find plenty to cheer about at venues such as the Casa da Musica and Theatro Circo in Braga.
To surround yourself with nature, head to the nearby green spaces. These are good spots to breathe deeply and relax. Feel the breeze through your hair at one of the local beaches, for example the Vila do Conde Beach in Vila do Conde, Matosinhos Beach in Matosinhos and the Leca da Palmeira Beach. To breathe in the fresh air of a green urban park head to the Santa Barbara Garden in Braga.
To really get a feel for the area, visit the nearby local attractions such as Penha in Guimaraes, Guimaraes Castle and Porto Cathedral. These spots are a magnet for travellers from all the corners of the globe. The Church of Sao Francisco, the Paco da Sousa Church in Penafiel and the Templo do Bom Jesus da Cruz in Barcelos offer those visiting the opportunity to better understand the part religion has played in the area. Porto features some fascinating relics from yesteryear; begin your local history tour at Archbishop's Palace in Braga.
If you could do with a spot of retail therapy, visit the many stores of Norte Shopping, MAR Shopping in Matosinhos and the Ferreira Borges Market.
If you are visiting without children in tow, be sure to visit Sandeman Cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, Rozes Cellars and the Cockburn Smithes Cellars.
Nearby Estadio D. Alfonso Henriques, Guimaraes is a great place to catch a game of soccer, and to see local favorites, the Vitória S.C., in action. Make sure to wear white and black, the colors of the Vitória S.C..
When it’s time to rest your weary feet after discovering the delights of Santo Tirso, check in to one of the area’s convenient accommodation options. The Hotel Carris Porto Ribeira, the Mercure Porto Centro Hotel and the Sheraton Porto Hotel & Spa are just three of the many great places to stay around here.
Situated in a rural location, this country house is 2 mi (3.3 km) from Church of Santa Cristina Couto and within 6 mi (10 km) of Municipal Museum Abbot Pedrosa and Rabada Park. Avioso Park and Terra da Maia Historical and Ethnological Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).
Situated in Santo Tirso, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Municipal Museum Abbot Pedrosa and Church of Santa Cristina Couto. Rabada Park is 1.9 mi (3 km) away.
Located in the heart of Santo Tirso, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Municipal Museum Abbot Pedrosa and Church of Santa Cristina Couto. Rabada Park is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) away.
Located in Centro / Baixa, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Church of Sao Francisco and Porto Cathedral. Sandeman Cellars and Museum of Port Wine are also within 1 mi (2 km).
Situated in Maia, this hotel is 2.5 mi (4 km) from MAR Shopping and 2.9 mi (4.6 km) from Quinta de Santa Cruz Winery. Maia Welcome Center and Maia Zoo are also within 6 mi (10 km).