Elevated to the category of city in 1986, Mangualde integrates Viseu district and is composed of nineteen parishes. The passage of river Dão, to the north, as well as the Mondego river, to the south, characterizes both the landscape and the soils quality, which have proven to be fertile since ancient times. This is specially the case for the wine making, as Mangualde is one of the largest Dão doc wine producers. There are traces in several parishes, even today, of the passage of ancient civilizations. Full of churches, the town is famous for several factors. Many visitors flock here for the good gastronomy, namely the lamb, the torresmos (pork rinds) and febras à moda de Mangualde (Mangualde-style pork steaks), or the arroz de entrecosto em vinhas de alhos (ribs rice with a wine and garlic sauce), the carolos (maize loafs with sausages), without forgetting the sausages and, above all, the Serra cheese. The pastéis de feijão (sweet bean pies) have a lot of demand, as well as the papas doces à moda da Beira (sweet porridge) or the arroz doce (rice pudding). No less known are the traditional arts. Black clay and ceramic objects and also the Bordados de Tibaldinho (Tibaldinho embroidery) are easy to find. These are made since 1810 by the Tibaldinho embroiderers and adorn windows and tables of many Portuguese homes.
What to do in Mangualde
Live Beach - Praia de Mangualde
The largest artificial beach of Europe, open during the months of July, August and September. The space features a saltwater pool, horizon simulation line, beach, bars, restaurant and an area of grassy spectacles.
Termas de Alcafache Spa Termal
In the center of the Beira Alta and running since 1962, the Balneario Termas de Alcafache Sulphurous has undergone a constant growth and process improvements, always attempting to offer a higher quality and comfort. These spas are a little paradise protected from pollution and stress of cities in a 100% ecological environment. Here it is treatment of musculoskeletal diseases, rheumatic, …
Biblioteca Municipal Doutor Alexandre Alves
This library, inaugurated in 1997, features around 20 000 docuements, including papers and magfazines, audiovisual docuements and others. It has also a bar, a childern's room and an auditorium with 187 seats.
Real Mosteiro de Santa Maria de Maceira Dão
Monastery founded in the 12th century, by d. Soeiro and his companions, initially obedient to Rule of Saint Benedict. It was initially used as a male monastery of the Cistercian order. The favor of the people and the patronage of …
Anta da Cunha Baixa
The dolmen consists of a rectangular Chamber formed by nine pillars, some broken or incomplete. Has very long corridor with eight pillars on each side. Is covered by broad and thick rectangular hat. It has no traces of TUMULUS. Is …
Campas Monoliticas de Póvoa de Cervães
Set of graves, dating from the 11th century, excavated in the rock and in good condition.
Castro Senhora Bom Sucesso
This castro, located in the Monte da Senhora do Bom Sucesso, presents several archaeological sites attributed to the Bronze and iron age, and Roman and medieval periods. Highlighting the magnificent view it offers. Is classified as a national monument.
Palácio dos Condes da Anadia
This is a 17th century Palace build by Miguel Pais Amaral. It has a façade cutted by large pilasters with two rows of windows with sticks decorated with motifs in “Rocaille” style. It has a door with Coat of Arms …
Gravuras Rupestres de Espinho
Rock carvings included in rock located in a path on the ground about 100 yards from the road along the river. Are in a poor state of conservation and barely visible.
Necrópole Medieval de São Julião
These are three tombs excavated in stone and surrounded by a granite wall.
Santuário de Nossa Senhora do Castelo
Where once was the medieval fortification, settled the sanctuary of Nossa Senhora do Castelo. The chapel that today finds himself replaced an earlier 14TH century. Of Baroque and neoclassical features, this monument draws attention by high tower on the façade. …
Janela Quinhentista da Rua Francisco Lopes Pais de Sousa
16th century Manueline window or located in a second floor of a stone house, which is presumed to have been the dwelling of a Judge.
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Pedagogical Farms to Liven up the Children's Holidays
With a quack quack here, an oink oink there, here a baa, there a baa, everywhere a cluck cluck, pedagogical farms will …
Where to eat in Mangualde
This restaurant has two rooms. The service is effective and the home made dishes are prepared in a …
This restaurant that belongs to the Mira Serra Hotel offers lovely views and magnificente walks in …
This restaurant that belongs to the Bom Sucesso Hotel has a large dining room with natural light. I…
This restaurant belongs to the Senhora do Monte Hotel and has panoramic views and a varied regional…
Where to sleep in Mangualde
16TH century Manor House, situated between the Caramulo and Serra da Estrela mountains. It features a terrace, luxurious gardens and medieval source of the 18T…
Hotel with restaurant, games room, bar and Banquet Hall. Is situated within the space of the Termas de Alcafache, beside the river Dão. A convivial lounge, sit…
In this old house with seven rooms, the environment calls for a family stay. In addition to traditional decoration, breakfast is served in a common room with v…
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