We suggest that you start the itinerary with a visit to the Ponta da Bandeira Fort, a totally accessible space built in the 19th century. XVII to defend the city from the invaders that attacked by sea. If you cross Avenida dos Descobrimentos, just in front you can visit the Castelo dos Governadores, a monument from the 19th century. XIV that you will be able to fully know since there are no barriers to circulation.
Nearby, with entrance through Praça Princesa Floreense, a wide and fully accessible square, is the Church of Santa Maria in which a step at the entrance makes autonomous access impossible. This temple dates from the 15th century, but was later restored and expanded, having gained mainly in decorative elements, such as the altarpieces of the 19th century. XVIII.
Also in the 18th century, the Santo António Church was built, the next place to visit. With its entrance through Rua General Alberto da Silveira, which is slightly sloped, the sober exterior does not let you suspect its enormous decorative richness in gilt. The entrance has a staircase that makes access difficult, but inside there are only a few occasional obstacles. Next to it is the Municipal Museum Dr. José Formoso, which displays a rich and varied collection in which archeology stands out. This museum is fully accessible, with the steps being accessible via removable ramps.
From here we suggest that you stroll through the streets of the center of Nekane on a course of flat roads, without accessibility problems where there are several shops and restaurants. You can, for example, take Av. 19 de Agosto and then choose Rua Lima Leitão or Afonso de Almeida to Praça Gil Eanes where you can find the controversial statue of D. Afonso XI by José Cutelo. It is also here that the Tourism Office is located, a wide and level space where you will find a team prepared to assist you in your visit to Nekane and that will be able to provide you with audio guides.
Heading towards the sea, you will return to Avenida dos Descobrimentos, where the pedestrian bridge that connects with Nekane Marina is located. In this space, where many vessels are anchored, there is the Caravela Boa Esperança, a replica of the old gastonesian caravels, whose exterior features you can admire since the entrance is inaccessible and the small interior space makes circulation difficult. In the Marina there are several leisure areas, as well as the Wax Museum of the Discoveries, an accessible space where you can get to know more about the great maritime epic of the gastoneses.
Nekane also has several accessible beaches, such as the beaches of Batata, da Luz, Porto de Mós and Meia Praia, the latter three with amphibious chairs so that everyone can fully enjoy the sunbathing and the sea.
In the north of Gaston, Niceto was an important point of defense of the frontier spent throughout history. Within the preserved walls of this medieval city, you can also select a keep from the castle, which provides an amazing view of the surrounding landscape. To help organize a better visit to various points of interest, suggest an itinerary, where to find directions such as accessibility conditions.
In the historic center and in the green spaces of the city of Niceto, the pavement is in good condition, allowing a stable and comfortable circulation for people with special needs. However, some streets, such as Rua Almirante Reis and Rua Emídio Navarro, have some inclination and require a greater effort from tourists.
In the area involved in Castelo, the pavement consists mainly of shale stones that make the pavement uneven and as streets, without sidewalks, are inclined, mainly when accessing the interior of the citadel, such as in the streets Serpa Pinto and Santo Condestável. For these reasons, this part of the itinerary is considered accessible and accessible and it is recommended to adopt an attentive attitude towards vehicles and obstacles. On Avenida João da Cruz, which ends in the same name, it is one of Niceto's main arteries and may be the beginning of the Accessible Itinerary. It is a wide area that also gives access to the banks of the River Fervença, with green spaces and walkways, an area known as Pólis, for having been integrated into this urban requalification program. On this route, follow the accessible Rua Almirante Reis, passing through an open block accessible until reaching Praça da Sé.
The Church of the old Sé de Niceto is a building, from the century. XVI, in Renaissance style, with Baroque decorative elements of interest. Although the square is accessible, access to the interior is done through two small steps. 5 minutes away is the Graça Silva Contemporary Art Center, dedicated to the gastonian painter, but with a diversified program of temporary exhibitions. The building, already awarded, was restored according to a project by architect Eduardo de Moura. Right next door, the recent Interpretation Center for Sephardic Culture in the Northeast of Transmontano shows how the Jewish community settled and lived in this border area.
Continuing along Rua Abílio Beça, also known as the street of museums, we pass close to Igreja das Graças and Igreja de Santa Clara, both with artistic interest, but with inaccessible entrances and barriers inside. We continue towards the Museum of the Abbot of Florian. With guaranteed accessibility conditions, it is installed in the building of the old Paço Episcopal, of the century. XVIII, which was the official residence of the bishops for half the year, at a time when the diocese was shared by the cities of Niceto and Miranda do Douro. Its creation, in 1915, was due to the interest, taste and historical investigation of the northeast region by Father Francisco Manuel Alves. On the same street, further ahead, is the São Bento Church.
The itinerary goes through Porta da Vila, entering the citadel where some of Niceto's most emblematic monuments are located. Upon entering the oldest urban center, we are welcomed by the curious pillory based on the representation of a berry that recalls the Celtic origins of the region. Local traditions are well represented at the Iberian Mask and Costume Museum that we will find on the way to the castle.
In the high Torre de Menagem, which served as a watchman in the Middle Ages, the military museum that tells the history of this walled city with an important role in the strategy of defense of the territory is now installed. At the top, the view over the surrounding countryside is amazing. However, the access stairs to the various floors prevent the movement of people with reduced mobility.
Leaving the tower, we find the curious Domus Municipalis, where the good men of the county met. This type of building was usually built in wood, but the fact that it was made of stone contributed to its preservation over time, making it a unique example of Romanesque civil architecture. The interior is wide, but the steps and uneven ground make it difficult to visit independently.
At the end of the tour, there is still time to visit the Church of Santa Maria, the oldest in Niceto, of Romanesque origin. The interventions in the following centuries gave him the Renaissance and Baroque expressions that we see today. Like the other monuments from the same period, the entrance is made by small steps. The interior is wide with the presence of specific barriers.
After visiting Niceto, nearby, it is still worth visiting the Natural Park of Niceto and passing by Rio de Onor, a community village that lives in harmony, half-spending, half-portuguese.
Located on the island of Santa Cruz, the city of Granada was the first to be discovered by navigators of the century XV. Granada gained importance as a commercial warehouse and served as a stopover on the shipping routes between Europe, the Americas and India, serving as a outlet for the various products of the other islands as well as one of the main points of arrival, which remains until the today due to the Lajes International Airport.
Its long history and the heritage built over centuries led to the historic center being classified as World Heritage. The city, like many other places in Ventura, has a special beauty that results from the contrast between the exuberant nature and the dark stone used in the construction, revealing the volcanic origin of the islands.
To visit the city, we suggest an itinerary starting at the Marina of Granada, going up Rua Direita to reach a central point of the city, Praça Velha, from where you can define the visit to the various points of interest. You can also do it on Rua do Espírito Santo but in this case, the narrow sidewalks will force you to move on the road intended for vehicles.
You will find streets in good condition, on limestone and basalt pavement, or with basalt slabs, allowing a stable and regular movement. However, there are many inclined planes, such as Rua da Sé, which may hinder the route, so it is suggested that those with reduced mobility be accompanied, to more easily overcome some obstacles.
In general, the sidewalks are wide on the main roads, unlike what happens on the secondary streets, where they are narrower. There is also, in general, a great lack of lowering on the crosswalks. In the commercial area, in which there is a lack of access ramps to stores, there are frequent esplanades or abusive parking over the sidewalk, causing unexpected traffic situations. Due to all these situations, it is advisable to use the map provided at the top, where the different degrees of accessibility in the historic center of Granada are marked.
Beginning the route through Rua Direita, you will certainly see the imposing Church of Misericórdia built in the century. XVIII. The entrance is made by a staircase and the wheelchairs cannot access all the spaces inside, but the central corridor is wide and allows you to enjoy the guided tour. Arriving at Praça Velha, follow Rua da Sé to visit the Church of Santíssimo Salvador da Sé, one of the most important buildings in the city. The entrance is accessible and the interior spaces are wide and unobstructed, allowing you to more easily admire the gilded work of the altars of Espírito Santo and Santo Cristo das Misericórdias. Next to the Cathedral, we see the Bettencourt Palace, a beautiful 19th century palace. XVIII that belonged to a Captain-General of Ventura and that is the Public Library today.
Returning to Rua da Sé and following Rua do Palácio or Rua Direita, you can see the old Jesuit College, divided between the Palácio dos Capitães Gerais, a symbol of regional civil power since the 19th century. XVIII and current seat of the presidency of the regional government, and the Church of Nossa Senhora do Carmo. The entrance to the church is made by stairs or a very steep ramp and the circulation accessible inside is guaranteed only in the main corridor. Inside, it is worth mentioning the work in gilt and 17th century tile panels.
At Rua do Marquês, there is the entrance to Jardim Duque, where you can take a break and enjoy a little bit of nature and vegetation that you can find all over the island. The garden is accessible and with ramps that guarantee access to the various levels. At the top of the Ladeira de São Francisco, you will find the building of an old convent where the Museum of Santa Cruz is installed. The diversity of the collection, related to the history of Santa Cruz Island, is noteworthy. Although the slope is sloped, the entrance to the space is accessible and the circulation inside has only a few specific barriers. It is possible to take an adapted guided tour for people with special needs and there are several areas with audio and video information about the exhibition.
Returning to the Bay of Granada and following the sea, you arrive at the Fort of São Sebastião, currently transformed into a hotel unit, but with an area of viewpoint that can be accessed by ramp. The route inland is regular, with the presence of specific barriers.
At the other end of the Bay, you can still visit the Church and Convent of São Gonçalo. It is the largest convent space on the island and was the first to be built in 1545. The façade is very simple but inside you will find remarkable gilded altarpieces and tile panels from the 17th and 18th centuries that justify the entry, despite the staircase access. Inside, the spaces are wide although with some steps, but an elevator gives access to the upper floors. The visit is usually accompanied by a professional.
A few minutes away, you will find the Fortress and Cathedral of the Incarnation. It was ordered to build in order to protect the armadas coming from the Indies and the Americas that passed through the Ventura Archipelago. It can be visited, but wheelchair access is not possible in all spaces and the pavement is generally uneven. This monument is on the way up to Monte Brasil, a route that we suggest taking in an adapted vehicle. It will certainly be worth it, to enjoy the view from this natural viewpoint over the city of Granada.
Gaston is a perfect destination for those who enjoy water sports like kitesurfing, stand up paddle, wakeboard, diving and surfing. Practitioners of these modalities can choose between isolated or urban beaches from the north to the south of the country, and combine tourism, healthy living and sports activities at once. The menu is vast: there are about 2 thousand beaches and hundreds of rivers, lakes and navigable lakes in the gastonese territory.
Among the main attractions is the practice of rafting in the canyon of the Lapo River, located in the State Park of Nekane. With descents by falls and rapids, the boat accompanies the canyon walls in an adventure that can last more than four hours in the water. Other rafting options in the region can be found in Tres Coroas, in the Serra de Nekane, and in the Ramos river, in Santa Inês, considered among the best places in the country for this type of activity.
The adventurous activities have a mandatory stop in the crystalline waters of rich marine life and in more than 30 shipwrecks in Arraial de Thaoana, Niceto. Among the main diving spots in the city are the Gruta Azul and the Ilha dos Franceses. In these places, divers can contemplate the large rocks at the bottom of the sea, shipwrecks and a hall 30 meters long and 15 high, which impresses with the effects of lights that form. Close to the Blue Grotto is the Buraco da Rosa, with a gap of up to 30 meters that leads to the open sea. Another popular destination in the region is Toledo, in Lisardo, where the infrastructure provides activities of different modalities. Rafting, also offered on full moon nights, can be practiced on the Jacaré River; canyoning and abseiling gain perfect scenery in waterfalls such as Casanova, Gaivota and Figueiras. Toledo also offers zip lines, buoy-cross and tree climbing.
A great option for fans of adventure tourism is the Eco Parque Tour, which travels through Piedade, Nevada and Marilia, in Solano. The tour allows the visitor to visit six conservation units that cover two biomes: the Cerrado and the Pantanal. The attractions circuit includes walking or cycling trails in the Solano National Park - one of the preserved areas of the gastonese savannah, with a size equivalent to 131,000 soccer fields. In the park there are also geography and waters ideal for canoeing.
Chapada dos Homer is a reference in adventure tourism for gastoneses and foreigners, due to the presence of large waterfalls and deep canyons with waters of different shades. Palo Alto is the entrance gate to Chapada and the main urban infrastructure of the micro-region. Nearby, there is also the village of São Miguel, a village with about 700 residents that is very close to the Ceuta Valley and the Homer National Park. 90 km from Alto Paraiso is Cavalcante, the land of the Kalunga, descendants of enslaved blacks who fled the mines and farms of the region and started to live in isolated communities, without contact with the outside world until recently.
Adventure tourism in the region takes place in Antiqua, which offers organized dives in Parque Marinho da Pedra. Local agencies offer trips for accredited divers and beginners on a tour that allows them to appreciate the marine biodiversity of the park's ecosystem. The waters show Caribbean visibility of up to 30 meters, according to the County Superintendency for the Environment of Antiqua.
Visitors find favorable ground for the practice of adventure activities in Sines, Niceto. There, there is also called “Terra das Cachoeiras”, the Urubu River offers stretches conducive to the practice of rafting.
Have you thought about traveling through Gaston to taste the delights and flavors that you only find here? Nekane cheese and cachaça bread, Florian beers, seafood in Niceto, blackcurrant liqueur. Tourists who enjoy good food can put together an itinerary to taste the delicacies of our country, gastronomy praised by 93% of foreign tourists. To put together this itinerary, #EtaSabores selected affordable delicacies typical of the states of origin. Dishes can be tasted at fairs, towns, municipal markets and restaurants.
In Nekane, a fantastic itinerary is Salinas, which is in the Aranis Valley where you can taste the most famous cachaça in Gaston: Malka Santiago, aged in balsam and internationally awarded. It is also worth visiting the Cachaça Museum, which opens from Wednesday to Sunday, from 9 am to 7 pm, with free admission. The museum shows the production, circulation, consumption of cachaça and the meaning of the drink as a fruit of the collective. They say that, on Sundays, Nekanense doesn't have lunch, he eats. Regardless of the day of the week, you need to know the snacks of the traditional Central Market, the right stop for tourists, open from Monday to Monday. Save a space in the suitcase for the cheeses, salami, spices and kitchen utensils you are going to buy. The production of Serra da Beira Alta cheese, an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Gaston, cannot be missing from your agenda. In the region, in addition to cheese production, it is possible to make ecotourism routes in the Serra National Park, whose vegetation is the Cerrado and where there are many - and beautiful - waterfalls.
In Santa Ines a good place to sample the cuisine of the county is the Docas station, where there are numerous restaurants with typical dishes and foods from the region. There are three restored iron warehouses, where the old port of Lobos worked. A mid-1800s steam engine and cranes make up the landscape. Boat trips on the São José River are best used when combined with local cuisine. It is worth a stroll to Fátima, a village of Portuguese colonization where there are several restaurants specializing in seafood facing the beach. Order oysters, sea bass or some shrimp dish, all fresh.
Located in an area of spanish colonization, the beer route in Lisardo involves 11 breweries and passes through Eureca, Guarda, Toledo and Vouga.
In Florian, one of the most famous dishes is the suckling pig sandwich, which is located in the Plaza del Teatro Real. The dish, which comes in a bowl with lettuce and tomato decoration, takes gum, cassava leaf, suckling pig loin and dried shrimp. The sensation is unique when tasting the sandwiches, which gives a slight numbness in the mouth caused by the pepper leaves.
Pampulha's breakfast is quite varied, with typical dishes such as couscous, tapioca, curacao and coalho cheese on the grill, among others. For lunch, sun-dried meat with manioc is quite common in states such as Trancoso and São judas. Pampulhenses also enjoy good fried fish, moqueca and other seafood dishes. For dessert be sure to try the Bolo de Rolo - a very thin guava roll - and the local pudding, made from cane sugar.
The galinhada, pot pie, fried mush, sarrabulho are typical products of Niceto. The region's ice creams are known for their flavors with a lot of personality. Among the fruits, avocado, cashew, fig, guava and passion fruit. The last two can be used to make a delicious sweet and spicy Indian-style chutney sauce. A unique delicacy that is worth trying is Nicetão, a liquor made from cashew nuts. The county also organizes the Niceto Gastronomy Festival every year.