Situated in the south of the green Minho region about 15 km west of Guimarães, Vila Nova de Famalicão is a busy market town, notable for its handicrafts and high-quality leather goods.
Vila Nova de Famalicão provides the perfect base from which to see the best of the lush, green Minho region. As short drive to the east brings you to Guimarães, an ancient town reputed to be the birth of the nation. A similar distance north lays Braga, famous for its numerous churches and important pilgraimge shrine. 20 km west are the coastal towns of Póvoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde, both with long sandy beaches and excellent fish restaurants.
In Famalicão search for the church of São Tiago de Antas. Built in the 13th century on a hill outside the town, the Romanesque abbey church of São Tiago de Antas has a fine doorway of the transitional period. It features a pointed chancel, square Renaissance windows inserted into its original apse and walls lined with yellow azulejo glazed tiles.