Barcelos is the municipality that with 89 parishes is considered to be the one having the greatest number of parishes in the country. Its name derives from the word "barcellus" – a small barge, which recalls the vessel that used to cross the river Cávado and the pilgrims who went on pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The handicrafts of Barcelos are varied and authentic and the best known is the traditional Galo de Barcelos, which became one of the greatest national symbols. The legend of this cock, associated with an ancient sixteenth-century cruise, tells the miraculous intervention of a dead rooster that proves the innocence of a man wrongly accused of a crime. Nowadays, several craftsmen from Barcelos keep this legend alive by creating increasingly beautiful cocks.
What to do in Barcelos
Museu Arqueológico de Barcelos / Paço dos Condes de Barcelos
The Archaeology Museum was created in 1920 and exhibits granite elements that range from pre-history to the late Modern Age, including a menhir, medieval coffins, romanesque church architectural elements and others.
Templo do Senhor Bom Jesus da Cruz
This baroque temple is Italian inspired and it possesses an octagonal plan with a campanile topping the prominent façade finished by a balustrade with pinnacles. On the inside it is worthy to mention the altars in baroque carving, the glazed tiles from the 18th century and eight panels in canvas. This church is one of the most important examples from …
Conjunto Urbano do Centro Histórico de Barcelos
Vestiges of the romanesque, gothic, manuelin, ranaissance, baroque and neoclassical stand out. A special note to the Mother Church, the Paço dos Condes de Bragança, the Church of Our Lord of the Cross and the Fountain of Campo da Feira.
Museu de Olaria
Created in 1963 in result of the valuable donation of a collection by Joaquim Sellés Paes de Villas Boas, it was first named Regional Ceramics Museum and later Portuguese Popular Ceramics Museum. Later still, it became the Pottery Museum. It …
Ponte Medieval de Barcelos
The bridge is a gothic construction with a keep and three small towers. It links Barcelos and Barcelinhos. Its existence is referred in several documents from the 14th century. It was reconstructed in the 15th century by orders of D. …
Feira Semanal de Barcelos
A Feira Semanal de Barcelos realiza-se todas as quintas-feiras e aqui poderá encontrar uma variedade de produtos artesanais, artes e ofícios populares, como por exemplo as loiças típicas de Barcelos, galos, linhos e bordados, entre outros.
Convento do Calvário do Bom Jesus da Franqueira
Former convent, built in 1563, with stones of historic Castelo de Faria. The Convento da Franqueira enjoys a beautiful architecture that fits on top of Barcelinhos covering an overview of excellence.
Fonte do Jardim das Barrocas
Well-crafted source, inserted in a garden to popular taste and with the figure more media County: the galo de Barcelos.
Barragem de Penide
A dam on the Cávado river. Next to Manhente, the river becomes larger on the wide Penide stretch of sand, surrounded by pine woods. Fishing is permitted. The most usual fish species are the small-mouth bass, the nase, the chub …
Estância Termal do Eirôgo
This is the only resort in the municipality of Barcelos, and although I don't have as many visitors as in the past, continues to be sought after for its medicinal waters for treatment of skin diseases, respiratory tract, rheumatic and …
Igreja e Torre de Manhente
This Romanic church presents a portico with three archivolts decorated and settled in six small columns with capitals. The tower is squared and used to work as the church defensive tower.
Solar dos Pinheiros
This fourteen hundreds building has Pedro Esteves signature, listener from the family Casa de Bragança. It is composed by a central volume and two rectangular towers. It possesses an extensive façade sided by two towers and ogival windows, attached and …
Santuário do Bom Jesus de Cambeses
Long staircase to the Bom Jesus de Cambeses. The top you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view.
Igreja Matriz de Barcelos
This is a transition temple presenting some influences of both styles, Romanic and Gothic with several transformations that took place during the 16th and 17th centuries. The doorway has four archivolts with eight small columns settled in capitals and the …
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Where to eat in Barcelos
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Vegetarian
O Turismo Restaurante Lounge oferece uma conjugação de cozinha com influências mediterrânicas e atl…
A granite house, whose decor uncludes Barcelos' clay artefacts, with a justified fam for its dishes…
A rather old restaurant, with large, comfortable rooms. It serves quite well prepared dishes of the…
A Casa Sêmea, em Barcelos, é um restaurante tradicional, um bar de tapas e simultaneamente uma casa…
Where to sleep in Barcelos
Localizado no coração de Barcelos, a Casa Lugar da Aldeia oferece 3 acolhedores quartos duplos com varanda com mobiliário exterior. Para uso comum, os hóspedes…
Quinta do Convento da Franqueira, situated in Barcelos, is a space of turismo de habitação installed in a former Franciscan convent from the 16th century. From…
Nice House with four bedrooms, living room with pool table, kitchen and dining room, barbecue area, five-a-side football pitch, small playground and swimming p…
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Póvoa de Lanhoso
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