The municipality of Lousada, inserted in the region of Vale do Sousa, presents a set of very important Romanesque-style buildings, which you can meet through the Romanesque Route. This route is in fact one of the main tourist attractions of the municipality. But when visiting this territory, you can't help noticing other no less important historical landmarks: pillories, bridges, aqueducts, and manors. A visit to the Museu Vivo Engenho do Linho (Flax Museum), located in the Casais mill, reveals the whole cycle of production of flax to lovers of handmade crafts and customs. The embroidery, weaving, basketry, clog making and tinsmith also encompass the range of arts that you can find in artisan shops scattered throughout the region. Once in Lousada, try to taste the best of the local gastronomy. The sheep, the roast lamb and rice are mandatory traditional dishes, that you may accompany with a refreshing vinho verde. The Festival of Senhor dos Aflitos, which takes place on the last weekend of July, keeps on being the busiest popular festivity of the year, where a lot of musical and street performances for the whole family are organized.
What to do in Lousada
Centro de Interpretação do Românico
Cultural space for the whole family. It has many interactive applications and educational activities.
Igreja de Santa Maria de Meinedo
The date of construction of this temple is estimated to have been in 1262, judging from the patent application at the entrance, although it may correspond to the reconstruction of an ancient monastery of an eremitical 11th century which, in turn, was erected on a building-7th century Visigothic suevic-archaeological excavations carried out in 1991 revealed ama structure belonging to a …
Torre de Vilar
Built between the second half of the 13th century and early 14TH century, the Tower of Vilar is a symbol of Lordly power over the territory and proof of the existence of a "domus fortis", a fortified manor house in Vale do Sousa. It is a five-story building with granite Ashlar. The lighting of this tower was made through loopholes …
Igreja Matriz de Pias
Church displays altars in Baroque carved Johannite and figurative tiles fill the walls. Includes a Bell Tower and a Bell Tower, whose construction is later than the Church. Built in 1736.
Parque de Lazer de Sousela
A garden located in the centre of the parish with about 300 m2. Just a few small trees, thus not much shade. It is crossed by a small brook. It has tables, benches and a barbecue.
Ponte de Vilela
Although difficult to date, the construction of this bridge can be between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries considering the respective technical and constructive characteristics and judging by the references in the Parish Memories of 1758. However, it may have been …
Ponte de Espindo
Although their dating is difficult, it is assumed to have been built during the late Romanesque judging by the constructive technique, presenting a Gothic character around the Board in easel. Formed by a single round arch, with the pillars leaving …
Museu Vivo Engenho do Linho
The living museum of the flax Mill, located in the mill of Couples, offers the possibility of knowing the flax production cycle. Fueled by a strong carried the mill is, throughout their set, a magnificent specimen. The linen was for …
Biblioteca Municipal de Lousada
A library in a building with excellent conditions and a privileged location in the centre of town.
Piscinas Municipais de Lousada
A swimming pool with excellent conditions for recreational purposes and swimming.
Eurocircuito Automóvel de Lousada
Motor sports circuit located in the municipality of Lousada, in Portugal. Its floor is 40% of clay and 60% of tar. The Eurocircuit is used in many regional, national and even international ralicross competitions.
Parque Urbano Dr. Mário Fonseca
Localizado no antigo campo de futebol da Associação Desportiva de Lousada, este parque é composto por um sistema de verde contínuo com existência de maciços e pontuações arbóreas, manchas e cobertos arbustivos e herbáceo, uma zona de Cafetaria/Restauração com esplanadas, …
Jardim de Lousada
A garden with many tall trees that offer a lot of shade. Located in the town's centre, around the church of the Senhor dos Aflitos. It has many benches and a small children's playground.
Capela do Senhor dos Aflitos
This baroque chapel is located in the centre of the village, atop the hill that has the same name.
Up to date tourist information about the city's top attractions
The Route of the Romanesque: discover the Valleys of Sousa, Tâmega and Douro
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Where to eat in Lousada
Um restaurante com uma carta gastronómica que apresenta o melhor da nova cozinha tradicional portug…
A small restaurant with a mdest yet gentle service. It serves excellent traditional food with a spe…
A pizzeria with a youthful, relaxed atmosphere and a wide variety of pizzas and salads, plus a few …
Espaço moderno e descontraído, onde as pizzas napolitanas são a estrela da casa, confecionadas com …
A restaurant that suggests regional Portuguese dishes.
A house of regional tidbits (all of them grilled) served at tea time and in the evening. Simple and…
Where to sleep in Lousada
O Lousada Country Hotel, em Silvares, está inserido na vínica Quinta de Vila Meã. Este hotel rural de quatro estrelas é constituído por três aldeamentos distin…
A farm with an 1849 building, located in the Mesio Valley. It has a large salon and a luxurious decor for events and is known for producing the Trevo cheese (a…
A traditional building with a fine service and a restaurant that specializes in kid roast in the oven and Cod á la Real.
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