The municipality of Felgueiras, located in the northern region of Vale do Sousa, is famous for being one of the capitals of the Portuguese footwear. This sector therefore occupies a prominent role in the local economy, although agriculture, vinho verde production and crafts are also important activities. It consists of four urban centers: the city of Felgueiras, the city of Lixa, the village of Barrosas and the village of Longra. As regards tourism, the municipality is integrated in what is one of the most interesting routes of Portugal: the route of the Romanesque of the Sousa valley. The visit to the imposing monastery of Santa Maria de Pombeiro - with Romanesque style and Gothic features – is mandatory. For nature and heritage lovers, there are two pedestrian routes – “Caminhos Medievais" ("Medieval Paths") or “Caminhos verdes” ("Green Paths") – which give you the opportunity to meet the main wonders of the municipality in a short time. Felgueiras wealth is manifested also in its ethnographic heritage: fairs, festivals or fairs. The emphasis goes to the traditional county festivals in honor of São Pedro. The highlight of the festivity is on June 29th, when celebrating the municipal holiday. Lixa's event of the year is the feast of Nossa Senhora das Vitórias. The regional embroidery remains one of the richest traditions in the municipality. The ponto de nó, cross stitch, the bordado a cheio and the sieve are genuine examples of this artisanal product. At the table, you will find the very typical cozido à portuguesa (kind of stew with different types of meat and sausages, potatoes and cabbage) and the bacalhau and arroz de cabidela (kind of rice stew with codfish) very often in the menus. The freshness and intensity of the regional Vinho Verde is the ideal company. The most famous of the local sweets is the unmissable Pão-de-ló de Margaride (kind of sponge cake).
What to do in Felgueiras
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Igreja de Santa Maria de Airães
Although founded in the 11th century, the Romanesque building of this church just happened in the 13th and 14th centuries, when were also introduced Gothic-inspired elements, suffering after an expansion to three ships and refurbishing in the 17th and 19TH …
Miradouro da Senhora da Aparecida
A belvedere at th top of Our Lady Aparecida Hill, by the chapel with the same name, that gives a 360 degrees view of the entire parish and of the region in general.
Villa Romana de Sendim
The archaeological digs that have been taking place since 1997 have revealed the existence of a large Roman Villa with compartments paved with geometrical mosaics. It is the equivalent of what nowadays is called a Farm. It was probably occupied …
Igreja de São Mamede de Vila Verde
This church is already mentioned in documents dating from 1220, as an integral part of the patronage of the monastery of Santa Maria de Pombeiro. However, the current building features more Gothic-influenced late, even if you have resorted to the …
Igreja do Salvador de Unhão
Of modest proportions, this temple has a single nave and rectangular chancel, highlighting the main portal, consisting of four arches of round arch decorated with vegetal and geometric motifs, frames an eardrum filled with the typical cross leaked the bracarense …
Museu Casa do Assento
The museum is divided into four different areas: arts and labours, agriculture, fishing and religious art, and there are still other sections with different traditional utensils. The objects on display represent an epoch that starts in the past century and …
Igreja de São Vicente de Sousa
Declared a national monument the September 29, 1977, this temple represents a good example of Romanesque style, with nave and rectangular headboard. Inside, features Baroque carved in the high altar and statuary in the same style. The antiquity of this …
Percurso Pedestre dos Caminhos Medievais (PR1)
Walking along the nature, along medieval trails, always with indications and historical notes. The walk is 6.2 km long or about 2 to three hours. One can pass by the Pombeiro Monastery and by the Vila Fria Bridge, among other …
Percurso Pedestre dos Caminhos Verdes (PR2)
A well signaled trail that starts at the Felgueiras Camping. A 3.7 km walk in a maximum of two hours. The trail is accessible and passes by the Portas House and by Roman Paths, among other monuments of public interest.
Miradouro de Santa Quitéria
A belvedere located at the top of the Santa Quitéria Hill, from where one can view the town of Felgueiras. It has gardens, a children's playground, a cafe and a restaurant.
Jardim da Alameda de Santa Quitéria
A large garden, located up on the hill, with views of the parish and some leisure equipments for the children.
Mosteiro de Pombeiro
Founded in 1059 according to popular tradition, though the earliest documentary reference reassemble the 1099, the monastery of Pombeiro enjoyed privileges and self-righteousness in 1112, as the letter proves Chowdhury granted on that date by d. Teresa. This monastic institution …
Paço de Pombeiro
A very large and magnificent manor. The architecture includes battlements, thus making it a "Paço Senhorial".
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The Route of the Romanesque: discover the Valleys of Sousa, Tâmega and Douro
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