Previously tourism in Portugal focused mainly on the capital city, Lisbon and the Algarve region in the south.
In recent years the government has done more to promote the other regions in order to preserve the culture and to show tourists how much more Portugal has to offer. Portugal is a small country with hugely diverse regions, it is really the hidden gem of Europe.
Northern Portugal has higher rainfall than the middle and southern parts and is more mountainous. It is evergreen with natural beauty and old world charm.
Felgueiras is very important with its shoe producing factories where many of the good quality European shoes are manufactured. Where this was always a stopover for business, it has become more of a destination. Pombeiro in Felgueiras is ideal to use as a tranquil base from which to explore many wonderful places on daytrips.
Felgueiras falls on the Rota Romanico or the Roman Route as this is in the area where the Romans ruled centuries ago and left behind bridges, roads, aqueducts and other relics.
Paço de Pombeiro borders on the Mosteiro de Pombeiro, the Monastery of Santa Maria de Pombeiro, which has the remains of an aqueduct and roman road next to it and is a 10 minute walk away from a Roman bridge.