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
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.
Museu Nacional Ferroviário - Núcleo de Macinhata do Vouga
Museum situated in the second station of Sernada extension to Aveiro (do Vale do Vouga), occupying a former adapted. Here you can enjoy the spoils of the National Railway companies and Vale do Vouga.
Ponte do Vouga
Also named Marnel Old Bridge this bridge is made out of a curved platform sustained by five arches.
River with a length of about 130 miles, serving for twenty miles as border between Portugal and Spain. Born in Spain, in the Serra das Mesas, and empties into the Douro River, near Barca d ´ Alva.
Praia Fluvial do Alfusqueiro
River Beach located near the bridge over the river Alfusqueiro. In several areas, the river form tongues of sand. The banks have a lot of trees to provide shade.
Piscina Municipal de Águeda
This complex, in the municipality of Águeda, consists of two indoor pools and an outdoor pool. Has, also, hydromassage and sauna.
Praia Fluvial da Redonda
Little river beach with sand in pebbles and surrounded by vegetation. Can be found on the shore of the river Águeda.
Jardim do Cais das Laranjeiras
Large wooded garden, facing the river Águeda, with a French balcony decorated with various tile panels. These panels represent the 20 parishes in Águeda municipality.
Jardim 1º de Maio
A wide park with lawns and an open air amphitheatre, a playground and benches. It is peaceful and pleasant, with river views, ideal for strolling and relaxing.
Parque Municipal da 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 …
Parque Fluvial do Souto do 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.
Jardim Conde Sucena
A triangular garden composed of a lake with a spring. The surrounding space has the typical Portuguese pavement. A pleasant space for leisure moments in the centre of town.
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 …
Escadas do Adro
A stairway with a typical Portuguese pavement where one may view tile panels that picture the sacred way.
Where to eat in Águeda
A rustic restaurant decorated with agricultural artefacts from the region and craftswork objects. I…
A restaurant that is famed for its Bairrada sucking pig. It is open only at lunch with the exceptio…
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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…
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 …
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Castelo de Paiva
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Sever do Vouga
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