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The fantastic Casa da Calçada hotel is nearby to the Amarante Golf Course and has a charm to match its splendour. This 16th century building has been declared by the Portuguese Government as a building of high historical and cultural relevance.

With views over the Marao mountain ranges and the sound of bells ringing every 15 minutes through the valleys and over terraced slopes, it is obvious that the Amarante Golf Clube is located in a privileged landscape. Portuguese architect Jorge Santana da Silva designed the course which opened in 1997.

I first went to Amarante in the late 1990s where a very enthusiastic professional was doing some great work with the juniors. Today and some 15 years or so later, several of those juniors have progressed through the Portuguese national teams and are now professionals. One such professional is Joao Silva who I had the pleasure of playing the 9th hole with.  As a bonus just before we left we saw our son’s name ‘Scott Bennett’ on the hole in one honours board.

Day 2 Thursday April 17th

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Gallery for Round 2 - North

Now we are ready to take on the first of three big rides which we face during Round 2. When we opened the curtains to see fog, this only heightened our sense of adventure.



Contact Information

Address

Amarante Golf
Largo do Paço, 6
4600-017
Amarante
Porto
Portugal

Phone

351 255 410 830  

web

www.golfedeamarante.com

The Ride to Amarante


What an incredible experience the last 30 or so hours have been. Alexandre Barroso and the Vidago Palace made us feel so welcome and we were given the opportunity to stay in their wonderful hotel. We played Clube de Golfe Vidago and today we reached several new milestones as we traversed the mountain ranges between Vidago and Amarante. 

The first 50 kilometres was on an old railway track which is being turned into a cycle path, unfortunately not yet complete, but this will be great when it is finished. The views are exceptional and it is easy to imagine trains going through some of the passes.

The track goes all the way to Vila Real after which we took the old Porto road. The first 25 kilometres or so are all uphill climbing from around 375 metres to 1030 metres and even though it was certainly testing the reward of spectacular views and a downhill ride through hairpins was the reward. 

We made it to the beautiful town of Amarante where we were fortunate enough to stay in the excellent Hotel Casa da Calçada




Contact Information

Address

Casa da Calçada Relais & Châteaux
Largo do Paço, 6
4600-017
Amarante
Porto - Portugal

Phone

351 255 410 830  

web

www.casadacalcada.com

In the heart of the city of Amarante rests the luxurious Casa da Calçada Hotel.

The châteaux was built in the 16th century and has been declared a building of high architectural, historical and cultural relevance, by the Portuguese Government. 

Our room was perfect in every sense, beautifully appointed and on opening the window blinds we were greeted with a calming view over the Tamega River, an ancient bridge which joins the city and the Saint Gonçalo Church and Convent. 

The Casa da Calçada Hotel was tastefully renovated in 2001, to bring back echoes of the past, whilst enjoying all the benefits of the present. Due to our late arrival from cycling the 112 kilometres from Vidago, we were not able to take advantage of the hotels own Michelin Star Restaurant, we did however hear from some very enthusiastic guests at breakfast, that they had enjoyed not only the beautifully prepared dishes but also the hotels own wines.  



Chocolate celebration at 1030m


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A BIG THANK YOU to Casa da Calçada Hotel

for providing a superb suite

for the GRP2014 team