Celorico stands at the edge of the verdant province of Minho, on the threshold of the Douro and Trás-os-Montes regions. With evidence of a long history which can be seen in its architectural heritage, Celorico wears a green mantle of fields and trees to delight the eyes of country lovers. Nowadays we still find a discreet, quite town, well-preserved and full of charm.
Deep in the Portuguese hinterland, isolated from the main population centres, agriculture remains an important source of income for the people of Celorico. Nevertheless, although this is not a wealthy region, the landscape around the town is dotted with attractive country houses built in centuries past. The backdrop for many a curious tale in days gone by, some of these buildings now require urgent restoration work.
Standing close to the River Tâmega, this town was of great importance in the mediaeval period, as it was here that the most strategic points for the region's defence were to be found - the castles of Celorico de Basto and Arnóias. In more recent times (from the seventeenth to the nineteenth centuries), Celorico de Basto was much sought after by noble families who built their manor houses here and left their imprint on the region's landscape.
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