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
Restaurante do Hotel Bagoeira
A rather old restaurant, with large, comfortable rooms. It serves quite well prepared dishes of the Minho region. Fast and kind service. It was deeply remodelled in 2004 and is now a mandatory point of interest.
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.
Centro de Artesanato de Barcelos
O figurado, instrumento usado para retratar épocas e tempos, é uma das artes mais populares de Barcelos, assim como o trabalho com o barro. Para além destas formas de arte, a cerâmica é uma boa fonte de rendimento económico para a região. Este centro de artesanato divulga o que de melhor se faz por Barcelos, cheio de simbolismo e tradições.
Castelo de Faria (vestígios)
Castle where you can find traces from the Bronze end to the late Roman era. Considered one of the most important and powerful fortresses of medieval times, consists of three lines of walls (probably from the iron age) surrounding the …
Igreja de Santa Maria de Abade de Neiva
This is a Romanic rural church but it has the doors and main chapel window already in Gothic style. It was founded in 1152 by Queen D. Mafalda. From the Romanic period it only maintains traces, namely the corbels and …
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.
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 …
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. …
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 …
Torre da Porta Nova
This square tower made with thick granite blocks (reaching two metres) was founded in the XV century by the 8th Count of Barcelos. The finishing is from the Renaissance period with cornice, gutter and merlons.
A granite house, whose decor uncludes Barcelos' clay artefacts, with a justified fam for its dishes. Friendly and effective service. This restaurant is located in the Route of the Central Santiago Way and is an obligatory stop for many pilgrims.
Igreja e Mosteiro de Vilar de Frades
The church with characteristics from the fifteen hundreds has on its entrance a porch with a low arch supported by two columns. On the inside it stands out the remarkable nave vaulted coverage, with crossed ribs and the glazed tiles …
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 …
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Where to eat in Barcelos
Mediterranean, Portuguese, Vegetarian
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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…
Where to sleep in Barcelos
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