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To the southwest of Lousada, 20 miles away, sits Porto.
You really ought to spend a bit of time in Portela. It's only 15 miles to the northwest of Lousada. Santa Barbara Garden and Archbishop's Palace are two of the top options. If you have some spare time, stop at Braga Cathedral.
Let the sun light up your face and the waves lap at your feet. We suggest starting at Granja Beach, 25 miles to the southwest, or Redonda Beach, 25 miles to the west.
To reconnect with the sights and sounds of Mother Nature, round up the family and head to Celorico De Basto Tourism Center, located 16 miles from Lousada. Another option is Parque Natural do Alvao, 25 miles away.
The excitement around Estadio D. Alfonso Henriques on game day is something you should experience. To witness the Vitória S.C. do their thing, head 11 miles to the north of Lousada. Make sure you wear white and black, the colors of the hometown heroes.
Freamunde, 3 miles to the west, is a close by locality. Head there and see Quinta da Aveleda and Aveleda Vineyards. If you'd like to explore even more of the region, go to Torno and have a look at Pao de Lo de Margaride and Amarante Golf Course. They sit just 4 miles from Lousada.
Don't forget to visit Ataide. It's about 5 miles to the southeast of Lousada and it features some excellent attractions, including Ponte de Sao Goncalo, Igreja de Sao Goncalo and Penafiel Church. Mosteiro de São Gonçalo and Igreja de São Domingos are also great choices if you're after more things to do.
Trying out different cuisines is one of the best ways of getting to know the area you are in. So be sure to stop by some of the region's restaurants and cafés.
Make sure you sample some local meals, like rojões (braised pork chunks) and cozido à portuguesa (portuguese stew).
Finish with a bang by sampling some arroz doce (sweet rice), a mouthwatering dessert.
Relax and enjoy a Coral, a well-loved beer.
To end the perfect night out, have a few sips of aguardente bagaceira, a well-known spirit.
It's always a good idea to have a regional vino by your side when you dine out in one of the local restaurants. Bairrada and Soalheiro are just two of the popular varieties around here.
After you have spent your final euros and it's time to go home, don't forget to say a last "Até logo" to Lousada.
Once you're ready to catch your flight, remember that the most convenient airport is 20 miles to the west.
Booking the perfect place to stay is a vital ingredient of any trip. Accommodation options in and around Lousada can be a little limited, so check out Expedia's Lousada lodging page right now for the latest information and deals.
Premium accommodation choices such as the Exe Penafiel Park Hotel & Spa, at Quinta das Lajes, and the Horus Apartments, at Avenida Dr. Leonardo Coimbra, nº 556 are bound to bring a smile to even the fussiest guest. Alternatively, in the cheaper range, there's also the Stone Farm Hostel and the Quinta de Lourosa. The Stone Farm Hostel is at Rua Santa Maria, 1599 Airaes, while the Quinta de Lourosa is situated at Estrada Santa Maria de Sousela, 1913.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 12 mi (20 km) of Penafiel Municipal Museum, Pao de Lo de Margaride, and Penafiel Church. Quinta da Aveleda and Aveleda Vineyards are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Situated in Lousada, this country house is within 12 mi (20 km) of Rabada Park, Municipal Museum Abbot Pedrosa, and Church of Santa Cristina Couto. Penafiel Municipal Museum and Igreja de Sao Francisco are also within 16 mi (25 km).
Situated in Lousada, this cottage is in the same area as Pao de Lo de Margaride. Regional attractions also include Penha and Guimarães Sports Pavilion.
Located in Centro / Baixa, this romantic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of River Douro and Porto Cathedral. Sandeman Cellars and Museum of Port Wine are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This aparthotel is located in Porto (Centro / Baixa), close to Porto Coliseum, Porto Cathedral, and Sandeman Cellars. Also nearby are Museum of Port Wine and Casa da Musica.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Igreja Conventual de Sao Salvador and within 3 mi (5 km) of MAR Shopping and Quinta de Santa Cruz Winery. Ikea Porto and Maia Zoo are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in the center of Porto, this family-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Dom Pedro Monument and Porto Cathedral. Sandeman Cellars and Museum of Port Wine are also within 1 mi (2 km).
This family-friendly Porto hotel is located in the business district, within a 15-minute walk of Bessa Stadium and Casa da Musica. Sandeman Cellars and Museum of Port Wine are also within 3 mi (5 km).