The municipality of Meda has an approximate area of 296 km2 and encompasses 16 parishes, with a population of around 8 000 inhabitants. Because it is in a mountainous area of transition between the Planalto Beirão and Alto Douro, the landscapes are diverse and alternate between granite hills and spontaneous woods, almond trees, leafy pine forests and fertile valleys, in which rivers one can fish eels and barbs. The human occupation of this region dates back to the Paleolithic, as it can be attested by the traces of dolmens found in the parishes of Aveloso, Longroiva, Prova and Ranhados. From the Neolithic reached us the recent findings of Vale do Mouro, where also important Roman architectural and economic spoils have been found. These people left numerous marks throughout the county. Among the pre-Roman peoples that have been conquered, are the Aravos in the area of Marialva, the Longobritas in Longroiva, the Meidubrigenses in Meda and the Arabs also settled here until 1065, after a brief stay of the Suebi and Visigoths. The beginnings of nationality and the time of the Reconquest brought a rich architectural and historical heritage, with emphasis on the castles of Longroiva, Ranhados and Marialva, an ancient medieval village and today considered an historical village, and the important pillories scattered throughout the municipality, among others. King Manuel I granted a charter to the village of Meda in 1519, and the county, with only a parish at the time, received successive decrees that have integrated the current parishes. Its present configuration is about 154 years old. From such a vast historical heritage also resulted the richness and diversity of local crafts, with emphasis on the figures of saints, vases and jars of clay, linen bedspreads, fleece blankets and works in carpentry, basket weaving and stone masonry. The cuisine also conserves much of the ancestral wisdom, which can be enjoyed in dishes like sopa de beldroegas (purslane soup), caldo de cebola (onion broth), omeleta de espargos (asparagus omelet), bacalhau com leite (cod with milk) or arroz de pombo bravo (stock dove rice), in addition to the delicious regional sweets.
What to do in Mêda
Barragem de Ranhados
A large dam, located on the transition from the Mondego valley to the Douro valley. It belongs to the Torto River and it furnishes water to the municipality. Sports are allowed, albeit with some restrictions.
Jardim de Longroiva
Small garden with paths in Portuguese pavement, trees to provide shade, some garden benches and a children's playground.
A medieval place where the castle, an old Templar fortress restored by Gualdim Paes, stands out. Among the architectural heritage, a special note to the donjon, a national monument, the pillory, the mother church and the chapel of Our Lady …
Quinta da Areeira / Solar dos Cancelos / Solar dos Seixas
This Baroque estate is made out of a residential house and a chapel which is integrated on the façade. It was built in 1748 by D. Manuel de Seixas Moutinho orders. It has a longitudinal plan with hipped roof.
Solar dos Sampaio e Melo / Solar do Morgado do Rabaçal / Casa do Redondo
Late-Baroque Manor House is believed to have been built in 1759, suffering after renovations in the 21st century. Presents a regular plant in U and L on the second floor, giving rise to a courtyard which if adossam other volumes.
Castelo de Ranhados
Classified as Property of public interest in 1977, Ranhados Castle is situated in a village overlooking the head of the same name, about 838 meters of altitude, where archaeological remains attest to have existed a castro later romanized proto-history. Its …
Museu Municipal de Mêda
This museum, situated in the heart of the historic centre and installed in the building that for many years served as a jail, was opened in 2001 and it will be able to visit an exhibition directed to the local …
Sítio Arqueológico do Vale do Mouro
The target of several campaigns, the archaeological site of Vale do Mouro revealed a Neolithic settlement with seven thousand years and an astonishing Roman village, when they thought the location would have been just busy III and IV centuries after …
Pelourinho de Ranhados
This Manueline pillory is composed by a circular base with three steps. It has a shaft in the shape of rays with four rectilinear lintels and one capital with four frowns. It stands out one fleur-de-lis, four corbels and decoration …
Located on the left bank of the Alva river, this small town stands on a hill surrounded by pine trees and cliffs. Its main economic activity is agriculture, namely cereals, wine and olive oil. With "castro" (a celtic village) roots, …
Torre do Relógio de Mêda
Clock tower built in the 19th century on the site of an ancient medieval tower existed that would serve as a lookout or Watchtower belonging to a military stronghold. Situated on top of a granite outcrop, offers beautiful views of …
Termas de Longroiva
It is believed that the waters of these springs have been known since prehistory, having been explored by the Romans. Are especially recommended for the treatment of rhinitis-sinusitis, psoriasis and backache for lumbar spondyloarthritis. The new building of the baths …
Castelo de Longroiva
The medieval castle of Longroiva, classified as a national monument, is one of the most important examples of military Templar architecture of Beira Interior and one of the best testimonies to Romanesque castle in the region. Built on an alleged …
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