The municipality of Fafe, located at baixo Minho region, still preserves some rurality marks. In fact, this territory has marks of a rural aristocracy that left a visible heritage all over the county, particularly in the coats of some manors. Going back in time, you can observe that ancient populations like the Romans or Lusitanians also helped to form the region's "shape". The landscape is diverse and varies between valleys with fertile soils and mountains more conducive to pastoralism. The Casa Municipal da Cultura deserves a visit from a cultural point of view. This renovated historic building hosts in our days, between exhibitions and cultural events, the Museu das Migrações e das Comunidades (Museum of Migrations and Communities) and the Museu da Imprensa de Fafe (Fafe Press Museum). Don't miss the opportunity to observe one of the symbols of the city, the monument to the "Justice of Fafe", that somehow characterizes the punisher character of the fafenses, summed up in the motto "Com Fafe ninguém fanfe" ("With Fafe no one "fanfe"" - justice will be made by the hands of the people). In relation to the natural heritage, the highlight goes to the refreshing albufeira of Queimadela, which is bathed by Vizela river and that has beautiful river beaches and suitable locations for water sports. In its vicinity there is the Aldeia do Pontido village. It was fully recovered and is an excellent choice for all those seeking tourism in rural areas. The Feiras Francas (Tax-free Fairs) in may, a tradition that dates back to the late 17th century, constitute the most important cultural tradition in the municipality, from which the maximum exponent is the municipal holiday of May 16th. In a more religious context, you can go to the Festa da Nossa Senhora de Antime, in July, that receives thousands of believers to take part in the procession in honor of the Patron Saint. The region is primarily famous for the tender and tasty roasted veal, served with vinho verde of the region. For a sweet finish there is nothing like a taste of Fornelos regional sweets.
What to do in Fafe
Casa do Penedo
Conhecida como "a mais estranha do mundo", a Casa do Penedo localiza-se nas Serras de Fafe. Foi construída em 1974 para ser usada como casa de férias, estando perfeitamente integrada na paisagem. Construída quase inteiramente em rocha, desperta a curiosidade de muitos visitantes, que já podem optar por algumas experiências no local, como almoços ou visitas guiadas.
Parque Aquático de Fafe
Situated in a privileged place in the city of Fafe, Travessa do Sol Poente, Monte das Freiras, where you can enjoy the most beautiful views of the city enjoying the sun.
Museu das Migrações e das Comunidades
A museum with several thematic rooms, such as the memory room, the diaspora and the knowledge, among others. They all aim to show the historical importance of migrations to Portugal.
Casa Municipal de Cultura
A space with several art related activities. It has regular inema sessions promoted by the Cinema Club of Fafe.
Praia Fluvial de Ruivães e Moreira do rei
A countryside space surrounded by nature and rusticity.
Museu do Rali
In this museum you wil re-live the past of the motor vehicles. It aims to divulge and value old cars and is an important local atraction. Here students can get acquainted with the technological evolution of cars.
Museu Hidroeléctrico de Santa Rita
A permanent exhibition of a set of pieces and equipments related to the production of electricity using the waters of the Vizela river. This exhibition includes a wide collection of objects, both interior and exterior.
Igreja de São Romão de Arões
This church was constructed on the 12th century in Romanic style but presenting gothic outline. On the inside of the temple it stands out the triumphal arch with broken archivolts settled in decorated capitals with Romanic motifs. The ceiling has …
Trilho do Vento
The trail of the wind is a small pedestrian route that has beginning and end in Windfarm substation from the Highlands of Fafe, in place of the lagoon, in Fafe. It was created with the aim of improving the knowledge …
Aldeia do Pontido
Distributed by the banks of the river Vizela, Aldeia do Pontido provides a unique experience of tourism in rural areas. After three decades of total isolation, the village was completely rebuilt. Here, nature's appeal is irresistible, being ideal for diving …
Albufeira da Queimadela
A dam on the Vizela river, on the Ave river basin, with leisure and fishing areas. Non-polluting sports are permitted.
Rilhadas Complexo Turístico
A tourism complex with apartments, restaurants, sports and plenty of animation. It has lush vegetation and fresh air, togther with lots of adrenalin. Besides the most pleasant rooms, there is golf, tennis and a kartodrome. For the boldest, there is …
Palacete da Companhia de Fiação e Jardim
This building is a testimony from the imported architecture in the beginning of the 20th century. It was outlined by a German architecture for the company Fiação e Tecido (Yarn spinning and cloth) from Fafe. IT is formed by several …
Where to eat in Fafe
A welcoming space that serves regional home made food at moderate prices.
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Where to sleep in Fafe
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Cabeceiras de Basto
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