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Rural Escapes and Cozy Towns: Your Perfect Guide to Portugal's Paredes

Paredes, Porto: Finding Europe's Best Pastel de Nata

Paredes is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered in northern Portugal's Porto region. While Porto's charms are well-known, venturing a bit further brings you to this historic village with plenty to see and do—all while racking up rewards on your BitBook travel bank.

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A rich history around every corner

As you wander Paredes' cobblestone streets, it's easy to feel like you've stepped back in time. From the remnants of its medieval castle to the 16th century church, history lovers will find no shortage of architectural gems. Make sure to stop by the Municipal Museum for an up-close look at artifacts dating back to Roman occupation. And don't forget to try a pastel de nata from one of the traditional bakeries - they may just be even better than the ones in Lisbon!

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Outdoor adventures in nature's playground

When you need a break from the old town, scenic hiking trails await just outside Paredes. Follow the Douro River as it winds through vineyards and quaint farms. Keep an eye out for egrets and foxes along the way. For an epic photo op, continue up to the mesa for sweeping views of the Douro Valley. Or consider renting bikes to explore at a more leisurely pace. And with every hotel or Airbnb booking on BitBook, you'll earn tokens towards future travels.

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Tasty traditions and welcoming hospitality

No trip to Paredes is complete without sampling its culinary specialties. Start your day at a local cafe, enjoying a pastel de nata alongside a bica - Portugal's version of espresso. Linger over lunch at a family-run tasca, where plates of cozido and tripas are big enough to share. In the evenings, dine al fresco on grilled chicken and potatoes before winding down with a glass of port. Throughout it all, you'll find the locals utterly charming - always ready with a smile and recommendation of their favorite spots. With BitBook's booking perks, your trip gets sweeter with every interaction.

Ideal base for exploring nearby treasures

Centrally located just 30 minutes from Porto, Paredes is the perfect home base for day trips. Wander port-side along the Douro in Porto. Browse the boutiques and taste wines in the charming village of Vila Nova de Gaia. Or head to Marco de Canaveses to explore its historic quarter and pick up local handicrafts. As you rack up rewards on BitBook, your next excursion is virtually funded. So stay awhile in Paredes to fully soak up its old-world ambiance before venturing out to discover nearby hidden gems.

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