Protected by the Atlantic breezes of Serra do Marão, looking at Serra de Montemuro and with the Douro river at its feet, the municipality of Mesão Frio has the perfect conditions for its many Douro wine producing farms and vineyards. Situated in the limit of this demarcated region, it has been, over the centuries, a place of passage and establishment of vacancies of primitive peoples, like it is documented in the Arcas Tumulares Românicas next to the Igreja Matriz (mother church), as well as of monks and nobles who left their names marked in the pages of Port wine's history and an architectural heritage worthy of reference. Many are the 18th century solars and blazoned houses scattered around the hillsides, built in the prosperous years of Douro's precious nectar production and trade. Check the Solar da Rede, the Casa das Torres de Oliveira, which today are hotel units, or Quinta do Côtto, an elegant building of the 15th to 16th centuries, where even today wines as Vintage Port are produced. It is not surprising, therefore, that it was granted, thanks to its military and commercial importance, fruit of the strategic geographic position that the municipality occupies, with the privilege of a free ferry for the river crossing for many years, a gift of several Portuguese kings. The story of Mesão Frio is also written in the streets and corners untouched by the passage of time, as the Barqueiros or Vila Marim, where the traditions and culture of the people remain alive as formerly. Here, and as in most villages of the municipality, the good food and the best wine are in first place at the table. Especially the traditional recipes of shad, lamprey, trout, cabrito assado (roast kid), marrã (pork meat cooked with red wine), carne em vinha-d’alhos (meat with a special garlic and vinegar sauce), tripas (tripe), rojões (snack of pork meat) and the famous cozido à transmontana (kind of stew made with different types of meats and sausages, potatoes, vegetables) belong to the main courses. The desserts are composed of the "falachas" (chestnut cookies) and Donsumil sweets and candies, which are perfect to be accompanied by one of the excellent wines produced in Mesão Frio: white and red wines, Douro DOC, table wines, Douro's regional wines and Port wines. Basketry, cooperage, tinsmith, embroidery and Barqueiros lace, wood miniatures of the "rebelo" boats and the famous Vila Marim biscuits are other expressions of the popular skills turned into art, that even today you can enjoy in a visit to this council.
What to do in Mesão Frio
Douro Scala Hotel & Spa
Empreendimento de cinco estrelas em pleno Douro a inaugurado em maio de 2012. Rodeado de vinhedos, tem vistas fabulosas para o rio Douro. Dispõe de uma extensa área de vinhas onde pode ter um contacto mais próximo com o mundo …
Convento de São Francisco / Igreja de Santa Cristina
Former Franciscan convent Mannerist. He currently works in the conventual building the municipality of Mesão Frio, the land registry and the tourist office. The interior of the Church features wooden ceilings, ship with chorus-alto, pulpits and two chapels. Together with …
Arcas Tumulares Românicas
This is a set of seven trapezoidal sarcophagi dating from the late Middle Ages, placed in the churchyard of the Church of Mesão Frio. Each of them consists of trend and tampa, two of which discovered, with the lid alongside, …
Igreja Matriz de Mesão Frio / Igreja de São Nicolau
Although the age of the Church is evident in the thickness of the walls, well visible on deep clipping of the Windows, and if you judge that has romance roots, the temple is probably dated only from the 14th century. …
Praia Fluvial da Rede
A beach by the Douro river, at Rede. It has a small docking area and a wide leisure area.
Casa das Torres de Oliveira
The Casa das Torres de Oliveira is an 18th-century manor situated in the Douro Valley, near the village of Mesão Frio. Recently restored, has four bedrooms, a chapel, a dining room and living room, where the family pieces mark the …
Miradouro de São Silvestre
With an altitude of 530 metres, the Miradouro de São Silvestre allows cover a large expanse of landscape, being possible to observe the wine landscape of Douro and a large section of the River, beyond the view of Mesão Frio. …
Where to eat in Mesão Frio
This house specializes in thee Portuguese cuisine.
A small house with regional dishes.
A restaurant that serves typical Portuguese dishes.
A restaurant that serves typical Portuguese dishes.
Where to sleep in Mesão Frio
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Empreendimento de cinco estrelas em pleno Douro a inaugurado em maio de 2012. Rodeado de vinhedos, tem vistas fabulosas para o rio Douro. Dispõe de uma exten…
Near Mesão Frio
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