Matchmaking

Bolo de São Gonçalo

Bolo de São Gonçalo

Amarante, an unknown jewel of northern Portugal, has not only a beautiful name (Amar = to love) but also narrow charming streets lined with houses from the 17th century and an old roman bridge over the Tamega River, the São Gonçalo Bridge. This bridge leads to the 16th century church of São Gonçalo, the popular Portuguese Saint of the 13th century known as the matchmaking saint.

He is so popular that they have a cake named after him and at the “Festa de São Gonçalo” (1st weekend of June) it is traditional for the young and unmarried to exchange phallic cakes as a token of their affections. One can find them all year round being sold by women at the street market, needless to say that they are reason for great and jolly converstions!

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