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Castelo da Guarda / Torre de Menagem

  • heritage

Rua Dona Maria Luísa Godinho
6300-408, Guarda

Guarda

At the highest point of the city, at 1056 meters of altitude, is the Castelo da Guarda, better known as Torre de Menagem. The town was inhabited by order of Dom Sancho I, who granted it a charter and privileges in 1199, and transferred the seat of the diocese to here. This first charter was confirmed by the same king in 1217, 1229 and, later, in 1254, by Dom Afonso III. In 1510, Dom Manuel granted it a new charter and granted his son, Dom Fernando, the title of Duke of Guarda.

Sé da Guarda

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Praça Luís de Camões
6300-725, Guarda

Guarda

Built between the 14th and 16th centuries, this Cathedral has two portals, one Gothic and the other Manueline. There are two octagonal bell towers, gargoyles and pinnacles on the outside, an altarpiece by João Ruão, columns, the chapel of Pinas and chairs. Due to successive reconstructions, it presents several different styles that marked the 14th and 15th centuries.

Casa da Arquitectura

  • art

Avenida Menéres, 456
4450, Matosinhos

Matosinhos

Casa da Arquitectura, created in 2007, is a non-profit cultural entity important in the universe of content creation and programming for the national and international dissemination and affirmation of architecture. Its action involves not only architects, but people and entities from various cultural and social areas that encourage and sponsor the mission they believe in, in the public interest of architecture.

Mercado de Matosinhos

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  • shopping

Rua Conde São Salvador
4450, Matosinhos

Matosinhos

In this market you will find a little bit of everything, from the traditional fish and vegetable stalls to a variety of restaurants and cafes with a differentiated and quality offer.

Praia de Leça da Palmeira

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Praia de Leça da Palmeira
4450, Leça da Palmeira

Matosinhos

Pleasant beach and very popular, especially for young people. There is a surf school in this place where you can rent equipment and learn a little more about this sport. Every year there is a beach volleyball tournament. It has several bars serving light meals and nightlife with karaoke and live music.

Quinta da Conceição

  • country
  • leisure

Avenida Doutor Antunes Guimarães
4450, Matosinhos

Matosinhos

Magnificent green space, with a leafy forest, ideal for walking and playing sports. Highlights include the remains of a Manueline door, part of a lapidary collection from various periods and styles, the fountains and the São João fountain.

Zona Marginal da Boa Nova

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Leça da Palmeira
4450, Matosinhos

Matosinhos

The Boa Nova waterfront area is a project by Álvaro Siza Vieira and António Madureira. Start your tour at Praia do Aterro, with walkways between the dunes and passing by a Surf Camp, continuing along Praia da Senhora da Boa Nova, until you see the famous Farol da Boa Nova. Finish with a visit to the Casa de Chá da Boa Nova, designed by Siza Vieira.

Mosteiro de Leça do Balio

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Rua de Santos Lessa
4450-332, Leça do Balio

Matosinhos

The Monastery of Leça do Balio, already existing in the 10th century, was profoundly altered in the 14th century under the direction of Estêvão Vasques Pimentel. From the 16th century, several interventions by Diogo Pires, the “Moço” stand out. The monastery church, restored in 1930, is one of the most important examples of Gothic architecture in Portugal. In this church took place the marriage of King Dom Fernando and Dona Leonor Teles. It was also the first headquarters of the Military Order of the Hospital.

Edifício na Avenida das Acácias

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Avenida das Acácias, 34
2765-389, Estoril

Cascais

Villa dating from the early 20TH century to present an impressive decoration of tiles "new art". This villa features a rectangular plant, with four floors and roofs to three and four waters.

Igreja do Bom Jesus de Matosinhos

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Rua Silva Cunha, 107
4450-222, Matosinhos

Matosinhos

It is a Renaissance example from the 16th century, which was remodeled in the 18th century by Nicolau Nasoni. Inside the temple, some of the most important panels of golden carvings by baroque artists from the north of the country stand out. They stand out for the two bell towers, the main door decorated with a medallion, in which a shell is inserted, and the two lateral niches with the statues of São Pedro and São Paulo. Inside, the gaze is fixed on the main altar with golden carvings, which in the central part includes a niche with an image …

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