Penafiel is located in the Centre of the Douro Litoral, between the rivers Tâmega and Sousa. The archaeological remains attest to the distant settlements in the region, such as the Dolmen da Portela, the dolmen of Santa Marta, the Menhir of Luzim and Monte Mozinho (one of the largest forts in the Northwest Peninsular). The historic city centre has a granite set of noble houses, churches and convents that are worth a visit. In the municipality of Penafiel no shortage of historic-cultural monuments which should meet: the monastery of San Salvador de Paço de Sousa, the Coreixas Tower and the House and Honor of Barbosa. The manor-houses evoke history: the Casa do Murom was the place of refuge for the poet Alexandre Herculano, the Casa do Seixo, in Recesinhos, (the birthplace of poems by António Nobre) or Quinta da Aveleda (name of the wine production farm that labeled the wines Aveleda and Casal Garcia), are just a few examples. A special reference to the monuments that make up the route of the Romanesque of the Sousa Valley: the Benedictine monastery of Paço de Sousa (where is the tomb of Egas Moniz), the Church of s. Gens (Boelhe), the Church of Gândara (Cabeça Santa), the Church of S. Miguel de Entre-os-Rios (Eja), the tombs of the Church of S. Pedro de Abragão, the Memorial of the Hermitage (Irivo) and Espindo bridge (between Bustelo and Lodares/Lousada). The termas de São Vicente is a must-see: the properties of its waters were already recognized by the Romans. These spas have more sulphurous waters of Europe, which makes them a unique place for those who want to reconcile health and well-being. The typical dishes of Penafiel are the lamb or the lamb roast with rice, "cozido à portuguesa", fried or pickled shad, lamprey, dishes that must be accompanied with wine of the region. The "sopa seca", "sarrabulho doce and the "tortas de S. Martinho" are some of the traditional pastry which join the fair sweets: the "bolinhos de amor", the "pão-de-ló", the "pão podre", "rosquilhos", "brinquedos" or the "doces de S. Gonçalo". In linen garments, wool blankets and basketry represent the crafts of the region.
What to do in Penafiel
Mosteiro do Salvador de Paço de Sousa
The first references to the monastery date back to 994 in the testament of Abbot Randulfo, escaped from a southern Monastery during the incursions of Almanzor. Although the original church does not correspond to the current Romanesque temple, its architecture left marks on the building that was to be erected in the 13th century, which denotes a transition style from …
Quinta da Aveleda
The most well known and important Farm in the parish, with its vineyards. A special note to the Farm's Manor (18th century) and the Romantic Garden that surrounds and where one can find the "Torre das Cabras" (Goat's Tower), the "Casa de Chá" (Tea House) (in a Victorian style and decorated with Portuguese tableware), the "Fontanário as Quatro Estações" (Four …
Perto do Porto, no concelho de Penafiel, esta aldeia está impecavelmente preservada e mantém uma forte componente cultural e recreativa. Tem ainda uma oferta de alojamentos de turismo rural recentemente recuperados, que tiveram o mérito de manter a traça rústica que caracteriza as casas de Quintandona, construídas com granito, xisto e lousã.
The park's seven hectares are divided into six thematic areas: Africa, World of Confusion, Medieval Village, Pirate Refuge, Souk and Far-West. The rescue of some traditional games, namely in the Campo de Jogos area, together with the ludic-pedagogical workshops, free internet throughout the enclosure and the four food areas complete the offer.
Termas de São Vicente
The São Vicente thermae were first authorized in 1901 (and later in 1927). Nevertheless, the population already used these waters to rest and treat several different illnesses since the Roman days. Its 50 há are rich in granitic terrains water. Consideered the most alcaline of all the Portuguese sulphuric waters,they are specifically indicated for the treatment of respiratory diseases, rheumatism …
Parque Fluvial de Boelhe
Located near the romanic church of Passinhos, this pleasant place, with many weeping willows, is ideal for picnics and has what is needed for practising nautical sports. It has a games field.
Museu Municipal de Penafiel
A museum created in 1948 by Abílio de Miranda, its first director. It has several archeological displays that are always enriched with new findings. The museum has also areas devoted to ethnography, history and numismatics.
Anta de Santa Marta / Dólmen da Portela
Pre-historic granite menhir of which only the chamber is still left, while the covering rock is supported by three parts. There are four more fragmented parts. The region was inhabited by neolitic peoples that left vestiges of the dolmen and …
Honra de Barbosa
A set composed by a manor, a tower, a house, a pillory, gallows, headquarters-prison, fountains and chapel, of the Middle Ages.
Termas de Entre-os-Rios
Located near the point where the Tâmega and Douro rivers meet, the Quinta da Torre Thermae (Entre-os-Rios) have been, since the end of the 19th century, a place for relaxing and treating several illnesses. The country landscape, in a beautiful …
Picadeiro da Casa de Gatão
A well preserved manege with supporting structures and lessons by a monitor. The space welcomes several horse riding events. It has also multisports activities, dinners, reunions, holiday camps, paintball and leisure and radical sports.
Percurso Pedonal das Varandas de Ferro
A walk along the mentioned streets. On the right hand side there are well preserved houses with iron balconies.
Zona Fluvial de Rio de Moinhos
Na embanked area by the Tâmega river with no supporting structures. A good place for fishing.
Jardim do Sameiro
A large park with a magnificent view of the city and of the Sousa Valley. One can walk among huge trees and rest in one of the garden benches. A special note to the fountains, the bandstand and the crucifix …
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Where to eat in Penafiel
O restaurante O Sapo, localizado na aldeia de Irivo, é um espaço rústico e familiar, onde o receitu…
A large space with two rooms and a panoramic view where one can taste Italian dishes.
The Widow's House restaurant-Winebar, in Penafiel, a project of three partners in the region, does …
Hamburgers, Italian, Portuguese
A large room with natural light, an effective service and quality cuisine. During the week, at lunc…
A simple space that serves Portuguese traditional dishes with a specail note, in its season, to the…
A large space with a tipical decor, based on regional motives, with a welcoming and relaxed atmosph…
A rustic space with river views that serves regional dishes at moderate prices. A special note to t…
A well know restaurant in the centre of town that functions as a restaurant and as a snack-bar, wit…
Where to sleep in Penafiel
Valxisto House-country house, is inserted in the village preserved Quintandona. Is a true haven, with a sophisticated simplicity whose goal is to offer the ton…
Solar Egas Moniz, situated in Paço de Sousa, Penafiel, results from a solar recovery. XIX. This charming house with 10 rooms, 30 minutes from Oporto, invites g…
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