Top 5 Things to do in Miranda do Douro, Portugal

July 23, 2017 Osvaldo Hartline

Miranda do Douro (Portuguese: [miˈɾɐ̃dɐ ðu ˈðowɾu]) or Miranda de l Douro (Mirandese: [miˈɾɐ̃dɐ ðl̩ ˈdowɾʊ]) is a town and a municipality in the district of Bragança, northeastern Portugal. The population in 2011 was 7,482, in an area of 487.18 km². The town proper had a population of 1,960 in 2001. Referred to as the "Cidade Museu" of the Trás-os-Montes region, it is located 86 kilometres from Bragança, preserving many of its medieval and Renaissance-era traditions and architecture. It has a language of its own, Mirandese, which enjoys official status in Portugal, in addition to cultural and historical discontinuity with the rest of the Portuguese state. The town is located on the border with Spain, with the Douro River separating the two countries. The nearest town in Spain is Zamora.
Restaurants in Miranda do Douro

1. Crucero Ambiental Arribes

Parque Natural de Arribes Del Duero | Estación Biológica Internacional de Miranda do Douro, Miranda do Douro 5210-170, Portugal
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4 based on 325 reviews

Crucero Ambiental Arribes

Reviewed By Ian P - York, United Kingdom

We were recommended to go on this cruise by our hotel owner. It was very interesting and we were lucky enough to see eagles and a vulture among other wildlife. The commentary was in Spanish and Portuguese only. One would have thought that an English version would have been available as a recording at least. Instead we were offered a very much photocopied 'script' summary which was almost unreadable.
That aside, the scenery speaks for itself and we enjoyed the cruise and the surprise bird of prey show and port tasting at the end.
Make sure you get a voucher from your hotel to entitle you to a small discount.

2. Miranda do Douro Cathedral

Largo da Se, Miranda do Douro 5210-184, Portugal
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4 based on 223 reviews

Miranda do Douro Cathedral

Reviewed By pbmeyersr - Estepona, Spain

Not only the Cathedral is worth a visit the whole village with the ruin of an ancient castle and views are interesting too. The tiny shops sell low quality cheap products - more waste of time and money than valuable, sorry to warn about.

3. Museu da Terra de Miranda

Largo Dom Joao III 2, Miranda do Douro 5210-190, Portugal
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4.5 based on 58 reviews

Museu da Terra de Miranda

Reviewed By JElliot32 - New South Wales, Australia

This is a very interesting local museum that has explanatory panels in two languages: Portuguese and the local tongue, Mirandese. I had not previously realised that this remote, isolated corner of Portugal has its own language, which apparently is quite ancient and not just a dialect of Portuguese. It also has some robust cultural practices that are distinct from those of the Portuguese. The museum attendant (who became our personal guide) spoke both Portuguese and Mirandese, though unfortunately no English. Still, she was able to show us through the various museums rooms that showcased the region's agricultural and cultural heritage including stick dancing and a weird religious mask cult. I wish I could have understood more about. The heavy-duty traditional clothing - weighing some 13 kg - was particularly impressive. As our guide joked, the area has 9 months winter and 3 months summer. The museum is definitely worth a look.

4. Douro Pula Canhada

Urbanizacao Fresno, Miranda do Douro 5210-245, Portugal
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5 based on 22 reviews

Douro Pula Canhada

We promote the natural and cultural-historical heritage of the Natural Park of Douro International. We develop activities, activity programs, and themed weekends where emotion transposes the expectations of tourists and businesses.We meet the leisure and the well-being in harmony with the regional flora and fauna, enhancing contact with the countryside, with the people, cuisine and traditions.

Reviewed By shortsNtshirt - Porto, Portugal

Pedro took us on an amazing half day canoe trip of the Douro River which divides Spain and Portugal through the Miranda De Douro National park. This area of the Douro river is seen by only a handful of people each year as Pedro's trips are very conscientious about maintaining the best practices for the environment and not disrupting the rare, existing wildlife. We got to see eagles, vultures and falcons at close proximity whilst kayaking through the beautiful canyon in perfect conditions. An absolutely brilliant day out!
In addition to Kayak and Canoe trips the team can also take you out by Land Rover, Donkey or foot to enjoy the bird watching

5. Miradouro S. Joao das Arribas

Aldeia Nova, Miranda do Douro 5210-210, Portugal
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5 based on 11 reviews

Miradouro S. Joao das Arribas

Reviewed By ksv1958 - Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain

Tierra dura de frontera. El Duero ha excavado las rocas antiguas en un estrecho cañón que en los tiempos del hambre era utilizado por contrabandistas para pasar mercancía desde un lado a otro de la frontera. Las vistas desde el mirador nos dan una idea de lo que fue este espacio hoy domado por el homnbre y las hidroeléctricas

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