The municipality of Águeda is located in the District of Aveiro, a Beira Litoral region. In 1834 it became the county seat and, in 1985, a city. Its origin dates back to 370 BC and owes its foundation to the Celts, Turduli and Greeks. The archaeological station of Cabeço do Vouga and the existence of other megalithic monuments prove the antiquity of occupation of this region. In the town, discover the Igreja Matriz de Águeda (mother church of Agueda), the Parque Municipal de Alta Vila (Alta Vila Municipal Park), the Escadas do Adro (Adro Staircase), the Capela de São Sebastião (São Sebastião Chapel) and the Museu da Fundação Dionísio Pinheiro (Fundação Dionísio Pinheiro Museum), which features artworks of furniture, sculpture, silver, tapestry, porcelain and paintings, especially of the 19th and 20th centuries. Visit the Igreja de Trofa do Vouga (Trofa do Vouga Church), that dates back to the 16th century and is classified as a National Monument. Be sure to take a boat tour on the Lagoa da Pateira, which is, with 525 acres, the largest lagoon in the Iberian Peninsula and is connected to the Águeda, Cértima and Vouga. Watch out on the wealth of fauna and flora. The Talhada river beach is par excellence an ideal leisure area for a picnic. Check also out the Alfusqueiro river beach. Typical handicrafts of the region include stoneware crockery, lace, cooperage and tinsmith objects and faience paintings. The roasted suckling pig is the ex-libris of the regional gastronomy, but the rabbit at Águeda style, the lampantana with mutton or goat meet and the bacalhau "à Lagareiro", "albardado" ou "à Ribeirinho" codfish recipes also deserve attention. The typical sweets are very tempting: pastéis de Águeda, barrigas de freira, fuzis, sequilos, cavacas, suspiros, bolos de Páscoa and the bolo de São Pedro.
What to do in Águeda
Parque Municipal de Alta Vila
This park is the most important leisure area in town, with an area of 31 400 m2. It has wide lawns and many trees. There is a hunting pavilion, a pigeon house, a chapel, a hothouse, a mini-zoo, a tennis court and an artificial lake.
Lagoa da Pateira de Fermentelos
Large pond, fed by the waters of the Cértima River and situated in the Valley of Águeda, being also known as lagoa de Requeixo. This is a vast space and shallow, with an abundance of aquatic vegetation, especially the common, used especially in basketry. The fish species here include the eel, barbel, carp and goldfish.
Igreja de Trofa do Vouga
This church was built in the XVI century and it was under several additions in the XVII and XVIII centuries. The Renaissance main chapel has a remarkable sculptural ensemble, the “O Panteão dos Lemos” ( Lemos Pantheon) that includes statuary and low relief.
Manjar da Helena
Near Águeda, Helena's Delight Restaurant has the son, Pedro Guarido as captain. No pretensions, just one that is fair, seeks to serve good food and fine wines.
Quinta do Louredo Hotel
The 15 kilometers from Aveiro, quinta absorbs the best immersive nature has to offer. From the top of the Hill, enjoy the views of the Cértima River Valley. The Inn has 22 rooms, a great restaurant with panoramic view and …
Estalagem da Pateira
Family space, with tranquil surroundings and with fantastic views of the Lagoa da Pateira. Here, tranquility is a preponderant factor for a restful night that can only be stopped by the croaking of the frogs that inhabit there. Available activities …
Parque de Soto Rio
A wide park with plenty of trees on the river's bank. It has tables and benches for picnics, as well as a lovely river beach.
A restaurant that is famed for its Bairrada sucking pig. It is open only at lunch with the exception of Friday and Saturday nights.
Percurso Pedestre da Pateira ao Águeda
This is the first pedestrian signaled the municipality, with about 14 kilometers, along which you can enjoy the natural richness of the area.
The restaurant "school" is a typical restaurant cuisine of Serra do Caramulo. Is situated in the former primary school of Macieira de Alcôba. In this restaurant you can find the best mountain cuisine with typical dishes cooked in wood-burning oven. …
Escadas do Adro
A stairway with a typical Portuguese pavement where one may view tile panels that picture the sacred way.
Igreja Matriz de Aguada de Cima / Igreja de Santa Eulália
Mannerist Church of longitudinal plant consisting of three aisles, a chancel lower and narrower and a vestry and Bell Tower adossadas. Featured in the back façade, tiled Panel monochrome blue pattern on white background, representing Saint Andrew.
Museu Etnográfico da Região do Vouga
Created in 1977, it exhibits clothes collections, domestic use objects, work utensils, weaponry, religious art, photography, craftswork, music, press, coin collections, medals and stamps, among others.
Casa Museu da Fundação Dionisio Pinheiro e Alice Cardoso Pinheiro
This space features a valuable, varied collection of furniture, sculpture, silver objects, tapestries, porcelains and paintings of the 16th to 20th centuries, in six rooms. It also has a room for temporary exhibitions that also welcomes seminars and concerts.
Capela de São Sebastião
Is a small chapel located in the center of the city, next to the Town Hall. The exterior of the chapel reveals Baroque-inspired decorative elements. Is to enhance the image of the martyr Saint Sebastian in the niche of the …
Estação Arqueológica de Cabeço do Vouga
It is a fortified enclosure, Castelium Marnelis, by the river Vouga, in the XVI Roman Itinerary LXXIV Mile between Braga and Lisbon. Archaeological excavations uncovered fragmented areas of walled sections and four semicircular plant buildings. Due to the dimensions of …
Where to eat in Águeda
A restaurant that is famed for its Bairrada sucking pig. It is open only at lunch with the exceptio…
Near Águeda, Helena's Delight Restaurant has the son, Pedro Guarido as captain. No pretensions, jus…
The restaurant "school" is a typical restaurant cuisine of Serra do Caramulo. Is situated in the fo…
Where to sleep in Águeda
O In Gold Hotel & Spa, em Águeda, destaca-se pela arquitetura contemporânea e pela sua fachada principal preenchida com painéis fotovoltaicos. Oferece 83 quart…
This accommodation is decorated with great simplicity and reveals a careful presentation. Overlooks the countryside and tranquil surroundings.
The 15 kilometers from Aveiro, quinta absorbs the best immersive nature has to offer. From the top of the Hill, enjoy the views of the Cértima River Valley. Th…
Castelo de Paiva
Castelo de Paiva is situated in the Douro region, a river that makes these lands become fertile and make the farming become one of the main local act…
Em plena Ria de Aveiro e confinando com o oceano Atlântico, a sua estreita ligação com o mar contribuiu para o aparecimento de comunidades que encont…
Belonging to Aveiro' district, but with Porto as the city of reference at all levels, Arouca lived and developed in its monastery's shadow. Built in …
Sever do Vouga
Located on the Bank of the river Vouga and between the mountain ranges of Do and Carved, Sever do Vouga is a predominantly rural and industrial Counc…