The town's best outlet for gifts and handmade souvenirs is in the tourist office. You'll find an impressive array of appealingly textured linens, pottery and ceramics, and woodcarvings that evoke the values and traditions of northern Portugal.

Nearby is a textile factory that transforms flax into linens; the factory outlet boasts a rich stock of houseware linens, some of them of heirloom quality. Head 4km (2 1/2 miles) north of the city, following signs to Prado. In the hamlet of São Paio Merelim, you'll find the factories of Edgar Duarte Abreu, São Paio de Merelim (tel. 25/362-11-92).

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