Lamego is a handsome town on the terraced slopes of the Douro Valley. Home to Portugal’s first parliament, it is brimful of noble manor houses and spot lit medieval monuments. As far as tourists are concerned though, its main claim to fame is an 18th century shrine, the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Remedies, flanked by twin bell towers. Back in the day, pilgrims climbed 600 zigzagging steps to reach this sanctuary nudging the clouds, but fortunately our coach did the journey for us.
We were here on a shore excursion courtesy of AmaWaterways – they include all their excursions in the fare which I think is a pretty good deal. We’d started our week’s river cruise a couple of days earlier in Porto – Oporto to the locals – the northern Portuguese terracotta-roofed coastal city that gave its name to the fortified drink.