The council is a good example of a Minho landscape tempered by features from Trás-os-Montes. It is remarkably fertile and a lot of maize, as well as some wheat and some barley, is harvested here. But the emblematic production is "vinho verde", of excellent quality. "Vinho verde", deep red in colour and astringent, goes well with the meat dishes of the local gastronomy. And white "vinho verde", more lively and spiritous, accompanies lighter dishes or is drunk just to quench one’s thirst on a summer afternoon. This explains why the town’s arms are four bunches of grapes… Speaking of gastronomy, this is one of the council’s main attractions. Chestnut soup may be a good idea to start off a meal; but then you will be served something like roast veal (and the quality of the meat in Celorico de Basto is exceptional) or roast kid, or, more modest and common but not less tasty, red beans with vegetables or the famous "milhos ricos" (maize served) with various types of meat. You can finish off with "pão-de-ló" (kind of sponge cake) or "cavacas" (hard, glazed biscuits). The wine – "vinho verde", of course. The Basto Region, as already mentioned, is a breeding ground for the nobility. Celorico de Basto is no exception. This is attested by the numerous manor houses, some of which remarkable pieces of architecture, dating from the 17th century or even earlier. In Arnóia parish, of particular note is the Castle, a small, stone fortress, perched on the summit of a cone-shaped hill from where you can enjoy a breathtaking, 360-degree panoramic view. It consists of a square tower erected in a polygon enclosure surrounded by walls. It has been dated as early as the 11th century, but a fortification, possibly a "castro", existed on the same site prior to that date.
A good time to visit the Celorico de Basto region is during any one of the numerous festivities and pilgrimages taking place, in virtually every village, in the summer months. It is then that the soul of the people, divided between the religious and the pagan, is portrayed the most authentically and reliably, praying and doing penance, but also eating, drinking, bartering and playing the stick game.