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Santo Tirso

Located in Porto Metropolitan Area, Santo Tirso is surrounded by valleys and mountains and intimately linked to Ave river. In a strategic point of the northern Portugal, has a geographic proximity to Porto, Braga, Guimarães or even Galicia. Deeply marked by the process of industrialization, the history behind the municipality involves a mixture of textile heritage, archaeological wealth, religious and profane traditions and a good amount of gastronomic flavors.

Besides its beautiful landscapes, Santo Tirso is well-known for the International Museum of Contemporary Sculpture – MIEC. Created in the 90s, the open-air museum is a landmark in the national and international artistic scene and soon became a mandatory stop for those who enjoy art in public spaces. One of the most recent attractions of the city is the visitor’s centre of the museum. Opened in 2016 and designed by the Pritzker winners Eduardo Souto Moura and Álvaro Siza Vieira, over 50 thousand people already visited the new building.

In the last few years, Santo Tirso has become a more sustainable municipality, tourism has experience continued growth and the city has grown with it. Preserve the environment and increase the quality of life are some main goals. As a safe and modern municipality, Santo Tirso has good transport connections and plenty of sidewalks and bike paths.

The entrepreneurial area has shown an increasing interest in the municipality and the predominance of young people who embrace creative industries are undeniable.

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