Miranda do Douro achieved city status in the 16th century when it became capital of the dioceses. In the 18th century this honour was transferred to Braganca.
While in the town visit the Museu da Terra de Miranda, which wonderfully depicts way of life of the people of this area through the years.
To the south, the wild and uninhabited countryside has been designated Douro Natural Park.
It is of great ecological significance, harbouring many rare species of animals and birds from wolves to storks and birds of prey soaring in the mountain thermals.
This new natural park is constantly developing ways of combining conservation and tourism.
A river cruise along the Douro on the "navio - Aula Ecologico Escua" is a wonderful opportunity to discover the delights of the area.
The comfortable Estalagem de Santa Catarina offers you a perfect opportunity to explore this beautiful wild land and get to know its warm and hospitable people.
The Inn has nine rooms and three suites and is air conditioned.
From the Estalagem's balcony guests can enjoy from a breathtaking view, stretching out for miles.
Activities available include fishing, canoeing, cycling, walking and river cruises. The local gastronomy is also of interest and while in Miranda do Douro do not loose the opportunity to taste the famous "Posta Mirandesa".