Murça lies in the transition of the Transmontana and Duriense regions and has an inviting landscape of vineyards and olive groves in the south and of granite mountains in the north. It was confined to a single street for a long time, which is something that the strong urban development of the last decades came to counter. The gold mines of Jales, very close to Murça, brought the Romans to the region, who left bridges and sidewalks, among other vestiges. Retreating more in time, there are also megalithic monuments and camps, among them the Palheiros camp of the 3rd millennium BC, that now has an interpretive center. From later periods was found another historical heritage, with special highlight to the Igreja Matriz (mother church), Capela da Misericórdia, the pillory and, undoubtedly, the Porca de Murça, a granitic sculpture representing a quadruped that supposes a fertility cult of pre-Roman peoples. The production of olive oil and wine are among the most productive agricultural activities in the region, whereas the latter enjoys a privileged status among the Portuguese wines. Murça produces recognized table wines and fine wines, some of which repeatedly prizewinners in national and international competitions. They are ideal to accompany with the local gastronomy, like a good cozido à portuguesa (traditional stew made with different types of meats and sausages, potatoes and cabbage) or one of the specialties in confectionery inherited from the Benedictines, who had a convent here: the toucinho-do-céu (kind of almond cake) and queijadas (typical cheese pastries).
What to do in Murça
Centro Interpretativo do Crasto de Palheiros
Opened in May 2009, the interpretive center do Crasto de Palheiros is inserted into castro's own rocky outcrop and is intended to give refuge to visitors as well as the information necessary for the guided tour of the archaeological season.
Crasto de Palheiros
The Crasto de Palheiros or spotted Duting the Castro, is a towering quartzite Ridge that was being carved and built by the populations of that region of the Earth Warm transmontana between the beginning of the third millennium b.c. to …
Pelourinho de Murça
This pillory is established above eight steps, it has a spiral shaft topped by a capital with heraldic symbols finished by five spiralling pinnacles.
Monte São Sebastião
Accommodation unit of rural tourism, located in the village of Murça, in the middle of the Douro region. Possibility of making visits to vineyards and wineries-wine tours.
Capela da Misericórdia de Murça
Chapel built in 1692 where the hewn stonework. The portico is flanked by four columns, really worked. On Cyma is a niche with the image. The inside consists of a nave, showing the altarpieces.
Porca de Murça
Shrouded in popular legends and not knowing for sure their origin or purpose, the nut of Murça is unequivocal symbol of the village, giving up the name well known wines of the region. This is an zoomórfica sculpture in stone …
Where to eat in Murça
Simple and welcoming space, proposing regional dishes. Serve the ordinaries 6.50 euros.
Simple space cozy with familiar atmosphere. Gastronomic suggestions are based on regional cuisine a…
A traditional restaurant that serves fine home made dishes based on the Trás-os-Montes cuisine.
This restaurant has two larg rooms, fit for banquets, weddings and other celebrations.
Very nice restaurant, with a whole room in glass and some walls in shale. For its features, allows …
Where to sleep in Murça
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