Carregal do Sal

It is located in Viseu district, between the mountains of Estrela and Caramulo, and bounded by the rivers Dão to the north and the Mondego to the South. The municipality of Carregal do Sal, as we know it today, was created in 1836 under the administrative reform undertaken by Passos Manuel. If Carregal was named after a place in Currelos, an extinct municipality, then "Sal" derives from the fact that in the eighteenth century large salinas have been built, which for nearly two centuries served as a deposit for the salt transported from Figueira da Foz on boats. The occupation of this region comes from prehistoric times and was continuous. There are numerous traces still today of the different peoples' presence. Alongside the medieval layout still present in various parts of the county, the centenarian pelourinhos, the emblazoned houses in Oliveira do Conde and the traces of old manor houses in Cabanas de Viriato, there are also some classified monuments worthy of a visit: the Dolmen of Orca in Fiais da Telha, the Igreja Matriz de Oliveira do Conde, where the tomb of Fernão Gomes de Góis is located, or the Casa do Passal in Cabanas, where Aristides de Sousa Mendes was born and where he lived during World War II. During his time as Consul of Portugal in Bordeaux, he provided numerous visas and thereby saved thousands of Jews from the Nazi Holocaust. In the local crafts, take a look at the iron and woodcarving work, the tinsmith and the tiled paintings. Gastronomically, Carregal do Sal also carries the weight of tradition. Cabrito assado à moda de leitão (roasted lamb dish with fried potatoes), coelho à capitão-mor (stewed rabbit meat), lamb roasted in a wood-fired oven and enguias à piano are the most typical dishes, which must be duly supplemented with a good doc Dão wine. For dessert, bolo torto! Finally we come to culture to an event that in recent years has taken over as the region's welcome card and that is becoming the municipality's cultural ex-libris: the Carnival of Cabanas de Viriato, with its traditional "dança dos cus" and the "entrudadas" – declamation of popular courts where the "rotten" of the village are denounced.

Best Of Carregal do Sal

Capela de Nossa Senhora dos Carvalhais

Carregal do Sal

Chapel which is currently in ruins and that owes its name to the legend which tells that at the time of the Moorish invasions, an image of the lady would have been hidden in the trunk of one of the ...

Casa do Passal

Carregal do Sal

The house has a rectangular plan and three floors. The main facade is quite interesting and pillars support the main floor's balcony, making it more monumental. The central area has four windows with arches and two others surround the central door. This house is locatd in a place that is isolated by the surrounding wall in a farm area. It ...

Cristo Rei de Cabanas de Viriato

Carregal do Sal

Statue dated of 1933, built by Dr. Aristides de Sousa Mendes, Consul of Portugal in Bordeaux during the Holocaust. The impressive Cristo-Rei was brought from Belgium in blocks and raised in this viewpoint that was part of your property, where ...

Dolmen da Orca / Lapa da Orca

Carregal do Sal

Megalithic monument which is a prehistoric grave with about 5500 years, consisting of polygonal Chamber with nine pillars and two of them are broken. Cover hat, long hallway, with eight pillars on one side and seven on the other. Is ...

Igreja Matriz de Oliveira do Conde

Carregal do Sal

This monument dates from the 12th century and it was deeply reformed on the 18th and 19th centuries. It conserves the original Gothic main chapel with the vaulted opening. Beneath the gothic – manueline arch there is the knight Fernão ...

Museu Municipal Manuel Soares de Albergaria

Carregal do Sal

The Museum of Carregal do Sal is located in the old buuilding known as "Casa das Correntes", whose construction was ordered by Manuel Soares de Albergaria in the mid 20th century. This building will house the future museum.

Quinta de Cabriz

Carregal do Sal

Sophisticated space inserted in a fifth of wine tourism. On this site are served delicious regional dishes made by chef Diogo Rocha. In addition to the proposals included in the menu, there are still two tasting menus placed at the ...

Quinta do Cerrado

Carregal do Sal

The Cerrado Farm belongs to the Route of the Dão Wines and one may visit the cellar, quite lovely vineyards and the traditional rural house, as well as the União Comercial da beira, Lda., one of the oldest wine producers ...