I have to say in all honesty that Amarante is a great town that has about 12,000 inhabitants. It's the kind of place that once you get there, the first thing that stands out is its historic center. And by that I mean the rich heritage and cultural archetype that it has, i.e. the iconic [ poi = 177961] Convent of S. Gonçalo [/ poi] that can be found just past the bridge. It's one of the most spectacular things in this town and wandering through its narrow old streets makes it seem like time stands still. It's not easy to put the limits to this Portuguese town that grew with the passage of time, but is said to Amarante is blessed by three parishes: Amarante-S itself.