More about Santa Maria da Feira and Porto
Santa Maria da Feira is located just south of Porto (33km), capital of the north.
This region was where Portugal was founded in the 12th century and the old towns of Santa Maria da Feira and Porto are beautiful examples of Medieval architecture.
The Santa Maria da Feira Castle dates back to the 11th century and is the prominent landmark of this small city.
It’s on a hilltop looking down on the city, and is a grand example of the defense monuments built in the Middle Ages.
The nearby coastal city of Porto is not to be missed.
Located on the Iberian Peninsula, its the second largest city in Portugal.
Its medieval part of town, Ribeira, is UNESCO listed and full of interesting alleys to explore.
Here you’ll discover many architectural styles from Baroque to Art Nouveau.
Along with its cobbled pathways, Porto is also well-known for art, especially the hand-painted tiles (azulejos) you see everywhere, and its wine and food.
Make sure you try one of Porto’s specialities: a francesinha (a sandwich with cured ham, sausage, and steak covered in molten cheese and a hot tomato and beer sauce).
It’s also the city where author JK Rowling, of Harry Potter fame, lived.