Baião is a county that marks the transition of the region between Douro and Minho to the transmontana one and it consists of 20 parishes. Its landscape is torn by the Douro river and marked by extensive vineyard hectares. There are several traces across the county that date back to prehistorical times. The municipality's name is related to its history, given to the fact that the Bayões, a noble family descend from a German nobleman and warrior, D. Arnoldo, who was stripped of his duchy because of wars. References to Baião appeared in the 12th century and the charter dates back to 1513. Currently, Baião is linked to illustrious names of various arts and for having been a waypoint for Eça de Queiroz, who wrote "As Cidades e as Serras" in this place. The numerous churches and chapels scattered around the county and the manor (which once belonged to noble families) are two more characteristic aspects of this region. Handicrafts and gastronomy are very well represented here. The Gestaçô walking sticks, the Frende heather baskets, the tinsmith objects, the blankets and straw hats are some of the handcrafted icons. Much sought after and renowned is the lamb roasted in the oven, that often is accompanied by the regional vinho verde, not forgetting the bazulaque (stew made with lamb's kids, meat, onion, bacon, olive oil, bread and spices). The doce da Teixeira (kind of cinnamon cake) and the sopa doce (kind of sweet mousse) are two specialties! The many festivals which take place at various times of the year, with emphasis on that of S. Bartolomeu, tend to attract numerous visitors.
What to do in Baião
Núcleo Museológico da Casa de Tormes
The House of Tormes is an important Museological Nucleus referring to the life and work of the writer Eça de Queiroz, since it houses all the estate that belonged to him. In addition to contributing to the preservation and dissemination of the memory of one of the greatest masters of the Portuguese language and literature and of his work, recognized …
A Casa do Almocreve
A restaurant with live music and home made dishes prepared in the wood oven. It has a salon for celebrations and a pool for events.
Restaurante da Residencial Borges
This restaurant has a friendly service and serves home made regional dishes, prepared in a wood oven. Its prices are accessible.
Casa da Lavandeira
Lavandeira's House is an 18TH century house located in Baião, a framing of rare beauty, overlooking the River Douro. In harmony with the surrounding space, this House offers nine rooms, two lounges, games room, bar and a typical kitchen. In …
Casas de Pousadouro
Villas located on the banks of the River Douro, in Santa Cruz do Douro, about 90 kilometres from the port. A place to rest the body and mind, with various activities and services, from boat tour tennis riding or a …
Anta de Meninas do Crasto 3
Megalithic set that displays five props and a large slab of headboard. Is part of the core of monuments of Girls do Crasto and is part of the megalithic set of Highland of Aboboreira.
Calçada Romana de Ribadouro
The pedestrian in Roman road between Ancêde and Ribadouro, on the left bank of the Sheepfold, with approximately 2800 meters. Is one of the many legacies left by ancient civilizations and, like other change Romans, this was done with the …
Casa de Arcouce
Inserted on a farm, this Baroque transition solar for the 18th century neoclassical\/XIX. L-shaped plan, also has a chapel, access by a staircase with landing foursquare.
Igreja de Ermelo
Integrated Church in the ruins of an old Benedictine Monastery founded in the 13th century. This temple of three naves divided by ogival arches presents characteristics of the Romanesque-Gothic transitional period. Exterior doors also feature access pointed form, being the …
Mosteiro de Santo André de Ancede
The construction of this important Romanesque monastic Church, first of the Canons and after the Dominicans, we can only point out the structure of the chancel, the rosacea. All the remaining monastery, valuable artistic capital and by local and regional …
Where to eat in Baião
In place of Almofrela, the "smoke Tasquinha" offers regional cuisine delicacy, made in clay pots an…
O Restaurante de Tormes encontra-se inserido na Fundação Eça de Queiroz, na Quinta de Tormes, em Sa…
A restaurant with live music and home made dishes prepared in the wood oven. It has a salon for cel…
O restaurante O Alpendre, é um espaço rústico, de dois andares, localizado na freguesia de Gôve. Os…
Casa de pasto backing those typical regional appetizers.
Casa de pasto backing those typical regional appetizers.
Where to sleep in Baião
Estes moinhos começaram por ser uma casa de fim de semana na zona de Baião, mas abriram depois as portas para quem gosta da natureza, mas mantendo uma certa ex…
Mesmo em cima do rio, o Douro Royal Valley Hotel & Spa está rodeado de vinhas ancestrais e de uma paisagem deslumbrante. Dentro de portas, o conforto dos 70 qu…
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Marco de Canaveses
The municipality of Marco de Canaveses is located in the northwest of Portugal and is part of Douro Litoral. It is bordered by two of the most import…